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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.

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.

Parents Air Concerns At School Overcrowding Forum

Aug 30, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Parents voiced frustration at a town hall meeting this week at Wooster High School held by the Washoe County School District to address overcrowding and infrastructure needs.

School district officials painted a dire picture of what will happen next year if a capital improvement ballot measure, known as WC-1, fails to pass. That includes more portable trailers, splitting schools into two schedules and using computer labs and libraries as classrooms.

Julia Ritchey

Washoe County got an early start to the school year on Monday, with all but five public schools back in session. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports from one of the district's overcrowded schools.

Alexa Ard

More than 64,000 students are headed back to school Monday across the Washoe County School District. Little will change for most students, but there are several potential developments that could affect public education this year — from a big ballot measure to the school board election. 

Julia Ritchey

The Washoe County committee charged with crafting a ballot question to raise $781 million for school infrastructure will make its final recommendation next Friday. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more.

The Public Schools Overcrowding and Repair Needs committee is considering two options to put to voters this fall.

The first would raise sales tax from 7.7 percent to about 8.3 percent, which would make it the highest in the state.

The second option would raise sales tax a little less, along with a boost in property taxes.

School Funding Question To Appear On November Ballot

Jan 8, 2016
Alexa Ard

Washoe County voters can expect to see a school funding question on the ballot this year to help build new schools and repair crumbling ones. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

The Public Schools and Overcrowding Repair Needs Committee unanimously approved crafting a ballot measure to hike taxes in November.

Shaun Carey is chairman of the committee, which was formed by the legislature last year to tackle Washoe's grossly underfunded facilities.  

Business and construction are booming in Reno, and that means even more students for the already-overcrowded Washoe County School District. In the latest installment in our Bursting At The Seams series, we break down the complex relationship between economic development and local schools.

    

Each new home built in Washoe County generates a certain amount of capital improvement funds for the school district. But spokesman Riley Sutton says when you do the math, the numbers don't add up.

Julia Ritchey

 Washoe County voters haven't approved new school funding since 2002, and that bond expired three years ago. Without enough money to build new schools or fix old ones, the district will be at the mercy of voters yet again next November. As we continue our Bursting at the Seams series, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey examines this imminent funding crisis.

At the end of the last legislative session, Governor Brian Sandoval passed a $1 billion tax package, the biggest tax hike in state history, to fund sweeping education reforms — but with one noticeably absent component.

Board Delays Year-Round Switch For Packed Schools

Dec 9, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  Four severely overcrowded Washoe County elementary schools have been spared from going to a year-round calendar next school year. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

The Washoe County School Board voted unanimously to keep Brown, Double Diamond, Maxwell and Sepulveda on a nine-month calendar for the 2016/17 school year.

The move gives school officials one more year to come up with a multi-track calendar that will be adopted by many schools in the district facing exploding student growth.

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