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Wild Creek Homeowners Consider Legal Action Over Proposed High School

Bob Conrad courtesy of ThisisReno.com

Homeowners in the Wild Creek community are considering legal action to prevent a land transfer that would allow the Washoe County School District (WCSD) to build a high school on the Wildcreek Golf Course. Our News Director Michelle Billman breaks down the details with contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.

The homeowners are considering legal action to prevent the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) from transferring to the Washoe County School District (WCSD) the Wildcreek Golf Course for construction of a new high school.

The land transfer is illegal, said attorney Steven Bus, who is voluntarily representing the Wildcreek Homeowners Association to prevent the high school from being built at the course, which is managed by RSCVA. “It is as clear as reflected in the statutes that the Nevada Legislature did not intend a public high school to qualify as a recreational facility.”

Bus said that state law “makes it very clear that the RSCVA can only sell, lease, exchange, transfer, assign, or otherwise dispose of any real property only if it is (to) be operated and maintained as a public project and recreational facility. Obviously, the Nevada Legislature wanted to maintain the real property as recreational use.”

WCSD personnel presented in a May the idea to use the course for a new high school using money from the WC1 ballot initiative. (WCSD documents show that the idea for using the location for a high school was contemplated more than a year ago.)

Students and teachers of nearby Hug High School supported the proposal, but residents felt blindsided by what they called a hastily developed plan.

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Michelle Billman is a former news director at KUNR Public Radio.
Bob Conrad, PhD, APR is a media professional with more than 20 years of experience in journalism, public relations, marketing and publishing. He’s the co-founder of ThisisReno.com, a locally owned and operated online news website.
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