Washoe County School District

Alexa Ard

The Washoe County School District has been notified by the state Department of Education that its students are under-prepared for college. That's true, but its not the whole story behind recent ACT test scores for local students. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno reports.

Noah Glick

Three 2016 graduates from Damonte Ranch are now national champions in 3-D animation. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more.

McKayl Turner was a pretty normal high school grad gearing up for college. But last week that all changed.

Julia Ritchey

The Washoe County School District is looking to hire more than 150 teachers before school starts next month. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Nevada’s primary election is in full swing. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray was at one polling site—Reno High School—to learn more about what issues Washoe County voters are concerned about.

Education. This is one of the hot button issues that came up quite a bit from voters including Andrew Ross, the father of two young kids. He says he’s worried about the reputation of the school district.

Alexa Ard

Out of the 20 candidates running for Washoe County School Board, only one is an incumbent. Board President Angie Taylor is running against two challengers to keep her seat for District E which covers north Reno above I-80. Our News Director Michelle Billman has more.

At a forum last night hosted by the Reno Gazette-Journal, Taylor stood out as the only candidate for two districts who supports the controversial contract for superintendent Traci Davis. That contract includes a base salary of $238,000 along with back-pay, a car allowance, and other benefits.

Struggling Charter School Ready For New Life

Jun 10, 2016
Marcus Lavergne

Rainshadow Community Charter High School has faced a year-long test to simply stay open. Their charter has just been renewed by the Washoe County School District bringing a special sense of relief among the students and faculty, as well as the chance for a new start. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne recently attended their graduation ceremony, which almost didn’t take place.  

As Principal Toby Wiedenmayer congratulates the purple and silver clad graduates on a warm Friday evening, the crowded auditorium erupts with applause and cheers from friends, family and faculty.

The Reno-Gazette Journal and the University of Nevada, Reno are hosting two public forums to give voters an opportunity to vet candidates vying for the four open Washoe County school board seats. The first one wrapped up last night and featured candidates running for Districts A and D. Seven of the nine candidates from those two districts attended the forum.

 

Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sat down with RGJ education reporter and forum moderator Trevon Milliard for a recap.

 

 

 

 

A lot is at stake for education in the Washoe County School District. Four out of seven school board seats are up for grabs, and a measure on the November ballot proposes to raise hundreds of millions to help alleviate school overcrowding. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sits down with a local political scientist who says voter frustration could play into these races.

Noah Glick

Students from Washoe County had the chance to share what is and isn’t working in their schools at a special event hosted by the school district. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick was there.

Teachers, students and administrators from across the county met at the Nugget in Sparks to discuss the issues most affecting students.

The event included performances, personal stories and nearly a dozen breakout sessions on topics like cultural competence and stereotyping.

Nineteen people are vying for four Washoe County school board seats. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports voters will get a chance to learn more about most of them before the primary at two public forums.

The Reno-Gazette Journal and University of Nevada, Reno are hosting both forums. RGJ education reporter Trevon Milliard will be moderating. 

 

Almost two hundred peopled packed the new Reno headquarters of a grassroots organization working to get a ballot measure passed that would increase the sales tax in Washoe. The tax revenue generated would fund school capital projects. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray was there.

 

 

Washoe County voters will decide in November whether to raise the sales tax to fund the school district’s capital projects. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray takes a looks at how much taxpayers will be spending if the ballot measure passes.

Alexa Ard

The Obama administration is highlighting Washoe County as a model for how schools should treat transgender students. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

The federal government has issued a guiding statement to schools nationwide, recommending they allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identities, or risk losing federal funds. Model policies include those implemented by the Washoe County School District last year.

Alexa Ard

State funding helped place social workers and other mental health professionals into Nevada schools this year. While Clark County received 104 positions, Washoe County got four. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick explores why.

During the 2015 legislative session, state lawmakers awarded a new grant to bring an estimated 161 social workers into schools. If proven successful, the program will be renewed in June.

Some Crowded Washoe Schools On Path To Double Sessions

Apr 28, 2016
Alexa Ard

The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to send some schools on the path to double sessions. That means an affected school would have to split its student body into two groups, with one group attending classes from 5:55 am to 11:55 am and the other group going in from noon until six pm.

Three Reno High Schools Are Among Top Ten In Nevada

Apr 23, 2016
Alexa Ard

Three schools in Reno made the list of top ten high schools in Nevada, which was released this week by the U.S. News & World Report. Reno Public Radio’s Rocio Hernandez talked with the principal of Galena High, which came in second for the state.

Principal Tom Brown has been at Galena as an administrator and teacher for more than a decade. Brown says the ranking is a testament to Galena’s comprehensive teaching. 

One more Washoe County School Board seat is going on the November ballot, creating a total of five open positions.  

Julia Ritchey

Students from three Reno high schools will compete in a Paiute language competition next week. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, the students are part of a critical effort to preserve the endangered language.

"I'm going to assign you an animal, and what you're going to do is write clues as to what animal you are..."

Instructor Emma Williams is leading a class of about a dozen students at Spanish Springs High School in a Paiute language lesson based on the Pyramid Lake dialect.

Julia Ritchey

The Washoe County Board of Commissioners passed on Tuesday a resolution for a school improvement initiative that will appear on a ballot this fall. Our contributor Bob Conrad of This is Reno has the story.

School advocates made an impassioned plea before commissioners about the condition of Washoe County schools.

Shaun Carey, who chaired a school infrastructure committee, made the case for the upcoming ballot measure which will raise sales tax to 8.3 percent, making it the highest in the state.

Noah Glick

During the last legislative session, state lawmakers passed two bills that are bringing more mental health professionals into schools across the state. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has that story.

Amber Reid is a social worker for the Washoe County School District. This year, she is joined by four new contract social workers, part of the state’s push to improve mental health services in schools, something she says is critical for improving student achievement.

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