New elementary school could provide boost to South Meadows area

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The South Meadows area is full of construction projects right now. From new homes to apartments and now... a new school.

Courtesy: MGN Online
Courtesy: MGN Online

Just off South Meadows Parkway and Veterans Parkway, the Washoe County School District says there is an 8-acre plot of land where it plans to build the first school with funding from WC-1.

"If we had the ability to construct it two years ago, we would have," said Joe Gabica, Interim Chief Facilities Management Officer for the Washoe County School District.

WCSD officials say construction crews can't move dirt fast enough. Both elementary schools in the area-- Double Diamond and Brown-- are so overcrowded, they are moving to multi-year year-round schedules next year.

"This school is being built here to relieve those two populations and allow a little bit more room at those schools," said Gabica. "That's why this one's first."

The school will accomodate approximately 650 students, according to WCSD Chief Operating Officer Pete Etchart. He says the district is still asking for design funds to hire architects to get started. The WCSD Board of Trustees is expected to make a decision on that on Tuesday.

Realtor Mike Smith, with Remax Realty Affiliates, believes a new school in the area could be a big boost to the already booming area.

"I think it just provides one more reason for relocate in South Meadows," said Smith. "People do tend to follow the schools."

The school district is hoping to get the school open in 2018.