WCSD Board of Trustees Approves First Capital Projects after Passage of WC-1
Reno, NV (December 12, 2016) At a special meeting today, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) Board of Trustees approved recommendations from a community oversight group, the Capital Funding Protection Committee, for the first set of building and repair (“capital”) projects following passage of WC-1.
“The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees is excited to approve the recommended projects and to be able to move forward with building new school buildings and plans for significant repairs to older school buildings,” said Washoe County School District Board President Dr. Angie Taylor. “We appreciate the dedicated work of the Capital Funding Protection Committee to make these recommendations. We know that classroom conditions have a big impact on teaching and learning and we want what is best for our 64,000 students and their teachers. This is a tremendous moment for our community.”
Trustees approved a total of $76 million in capital projects, including the following:
- $20M per year in specific repairs projects to older schools;
- Additions to Damonte Ranch High School, totaling 22 new classrooms, which are expected to be completed during the first half of the 2017-18 school year;
- Funding to purchase land and draw site-specific plans for new middle schools in Sun Valley and Spanish Springs and new elementary and high schools across the district;
- Creation of a comprehensive plan for existing high schools; and,
- Plans for a new South Meadows-area elementary school, which will be the first brand-new school built following passage of WC-1. This school will be near the intersection of South Meadows and Veterans parkways, and is projected to be completed in December of 2018.
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