New Elementary School Named for Longtime Cold Springs Educator
Contact: Victoria Campbell
New Elementary School Named for
Longtime Cold Springs Educator
Reno, NV (May 27, 2020) – At its regularly-scheduled public meeting—conducted online in compliance with Gov. Sisolak’s directives regarding physical distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic—the Washoe County School District (WCSD) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name the District’s new elementary school in the Cold Springs area after Michael Inskeep, a longtime educator at Cold Springs Middle School.
“I join with my fellow Trustees in congratulating the family of Michael Inskeep,” said WCSD Board President Malena Raymond. “He was beloved in the Cold Springs community for his dedication to all children, and it was our pleasure to bestow his name on this new school that will serve generations of children in Cold Springs in the future.”
Michael Inskeep was a teacher for WCSD for more than 15 years. He taught math and social studies, and spent the majority of his educational career teaching 7th- and 8th graders at Cold Springs Middle School. He also served as a volunteer firefighter and coach.
Mr. Inskeep passed away suddenly in 2017 during a routine knee surgery.
“His passion for life, education, and world experiences was contagious, and continues to motivate me to make the most of every day,” said Dan Inskeep, the brother of Michael Inskeep.
“We are so proud to have had him in our lives and to share him with the many, many students whose lives this gentle giant of a man touched,” said Wendy Senour, the sister of Michael Inskeep.
“This feels like such a gift to our family, and more importantly to his memory,” said his daughter, Helena Inskeep.
“What an honor for the Cold Springs area to have a local lifetime educator named for the new elementary school,” said Dr. Sue Egloff, who serves as principal of the new school which opens in August 2021. “Michael Inskeep Elementary School will carry a legacy for years to come. I am excited to be part of this strong community and I look forward to working with our families here.”
Also at the Board meeting, Trustees approved the District's budget for the fiscal year beginning on July 1. WCSD is still determining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for the upcoming school year, but is required to submit its final budget to the State for the coming fiscal year by June 8. This is the second consecutive balanced budget submitted for the District. The Board will likely file an amended budget later this year if, as expected, the State calls a special session to consider revenue shortfalls.
In other actions, the Board awarded the contract to manage the District’s food service program to Aramark Educational Services. Beginning within days of the school closures in mid-March, WCSD Nutrition Services has worked in partnership with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada to provide more than 250,000 free meals to children across Washoe County who might otherwise go hungry without meals provided by the District. Nutrition Services has experienced an approximately $3 million loss due to a lack of incoming revenue during the closures, and administrators anticipate ending the fiscal year with an overall $1.8 million dollar deficit for Nutrition Services due to the pandemic.
The Board also approved zoning changes that are necessary due to the new elementary school in Cold Springs as well as the new Procter R. Hug High School.
Members of the community were invited to submit public comments on any issue before and during the meeting via email, and those comments were entered into the meeting’s official record.