Education

Julia Ritchey

Officials with the Washoe County School District say they are anticipating a deficit somewhere between $22 and $28 million for this school year, making it the 10th year in a row the district’s expenses outpace revenue. Our News Director Michelle Billman sat down with Education Reporter Paul Boger to learn more.

So, school officials in Washoe County are looking at yet another year with large funding deficits. Can you tell us a little bit about what’s going on?

Alexa Ard

Schools in Nevada are getting a little boost in funding as part of a new weighted student formula. The program seeks to put more money behind students needing additional resources. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick sat down with our education reporter Paul Boger to find out what the program could mean for schools in Nevada.

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The Washoe County School District has plans to build a new high school and to re-purpose Hug High into a career and technical academy.

Several local entities have signed a letter of intent for the school in west Sparks, and that letter was approved Thursday by the board of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.

To learn more, our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.

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Nurit Stites is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. She visits classrooms around Washoe County to share her family’s story with young people, and she spoke with our News Director Michelle Billman about her work.  

South Lake Tahoe resident Leon Malmed is a child of the Holocaust. When he was a young boy, his parents were rounded up and deported to Auschwitz. A neighboring family took in both Leon and his sister Rachel, raising them as their own. Leon will be speaking about his experiences at the Northwest Reno Library on Wednesday, April 5, at 5 pm. He also talked to our news director Michelle Billman back in 2015 and today we'll listen back to their conversation.

Paul Boger

Correction: When this story originally aired, it incorrectly stated that the student who was recently shot by a campus police officer at Hug High was killed. The version below has been corrected.

Students at Hug High School in Reno are asking city leaders for help in making positive changes in their community. They say seemingly small improvements, like adding more street lighting and placing recycling bins at bus stops, will increase safety and pride in and around the school.

Noah Glick

School safety remains a major topic of discussion for the Washoe County School District, after last year’s officer-involved shooting at Hug High School made national headlines.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports on how the district is forging a path forward.

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Truckee Meadows Community College has now inaugurated its tenth president, Karin Hilgersom. Friday’s ceremony comes as economic leaders across the state look to community colleges for help with bolstering Nevada’s skilled workforce. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Hilgerson to learn more about her priorities for the school over the next few years.

KUNR: Karin, welcome to the program.

Karin Hilgersom (KH): Thank you! I’m delighted to be here.

Paul Boger

Education Savings Accounts have become an incredibly controversial topic in Nevada since lawmakers approved the voucher program in 2015. So far between 8,000 and 9,000 students have signed-up for the program despite a Nevada Supreme Court decision striking down the state's previous attempts to fund the ESA’s.

Jumping, clapping and waving bright yellow scarves on the steps of the amphitheater at the State Capitol in Carson City, hundreds of children danced to the music of Justin Timberlake as part of a rally in support of Nation School Choice Week.

Noah Glick

The fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, have historically been male-dominated. But an all girls’ robotics team at Reed High School is looking to buck that trend.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick went to one of their recent competitions to learn more.

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Truckee Meadows Community College is getting a $10,000 grant to bolster its support for students recovering from substance abuse. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman has the details.

Alexa Ard

The Washoe County School Board approved a 76 million dollar plan for new and renovated school facilities.

Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick sat down with Pete Etchart, the chief operations officer for the Washoe County School District, to discuss exactly what projects are covered in this first round of spending.

Noah Glick

Reno police say the teenager shot by a school district police officer at Hug High School this month brought knives to school for days before the altercation.

Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick reports.

According to the Reno Police Department, the 14-year-old Logan Clark brought knives to Hug High School in an attempt to start an altercation with another student.

Clark instead used those knives in a fight with a different student, who suffered minor cuts to the face.

Washoe County School District

A month and a half after Washoe County voters approved a sales tax increase for school building improvements, the Washoe County School Board voted to approve a plan on the first round of projects.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

During Tuesday’s special meeting of the Washoe County School Board, trustees unanimously approved a plan that outlines how $76 million will be spent on school facilities.

Alexa Ard

The Washoe County School Board will decide Tuesday on a multi-million dollar proposal to renovate facilities and move forward on a plan to build a few new schools. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

Noah Glick

Last week, a 14-year-old student was shot by a school police officer at Hug High in Reno. Local police have reported that the boy, named Logan Clark, was armed with at least one knife and did not follow the officer's verbal commands.

Local Concern For DACA's Future Is Growing

Dec 15, 2016
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University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson has announced that the school will not become a sanctuary campus for undocumented students, but it does support DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

As the Trump administration prepares to take office, local concerns that DACA could be repealed are growing. To explore this issue further, let's turn to our reporter Sarah Parks.

Noah Glick

Students and faculty of Hug High School in Reno were back at school today, one day after a 14-year-old student was shot by a campus police officer after threatening students with knives.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports on what the district is doing in response to yesterday’s events.

Two Washoe County Schools Avoid State Takeover

Nov 28, 2016
Alexa Ard

Two low-performing Washoe County schools are no longer at risk of being taken over by the state next school year. Our reporter Sarah Parks explores why that won’t be happening anytime soon.

The State Board of Education identified Natchez and Desert Heights elementary as two schools in need of improvement, and recommended them as candidates for state takeover through the Achievement School District Program.

That program can only help six schools in any given year, and ASD leaders have determined that these two schools aren’t the most severe cases.

WNC Reinstates Nursing Classes

Oct 11, 2016
Alexa Ard

Western Nevada College is restoring nursing classes at its Fallon campus. Our contributor Brook Bentley of Northern Nevada Business Weekly has more.

A partnership between Churchill County, the U.S. Department of Labor and the college is making this change possible by allowing WNC to use a large laboratory space located one mile from the Fallon campus.

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