Town hall meeting set to discuss new middle school

RENO, Nev (KOLO) -- Plans are moving ahead for a new middle school in the Sun Valley area. Even though it's in the design phase, Sun Valley residents can't wait for it to be open.

"I'm happy about it. I think it's about time," said Donna Bull, Sun Valley resident.

With the passage of WC-1, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) is looking to build a new middle school in Sun Valley.

"I was glad about it. I'm happy about because I think it's a great thing. I think we have been needing it for a long time," said Bull.

The middle school looks to take on students from other schools that are overcrowded.

"There is really no time to waste because we want to have this school open as soon as possible," said Riley Sutton, WCSD School Construction & Repairs Outreach Specialist.

It will also cut down how far some students have to travel to get to school.

"The desire to have a middle school in Sun Valley has been in the community for more than a decade,” said Sutton.

He says building the middle school could cost $55 million, but that could change due to the economy. The Sun Valley middle school is one of three the district hopes to start building in 2018 and completing in 2019.

"We look at a few different options, but it's hard to find 20 acres of open land in the place we need to have it," said Sutton.

Sutton says the district want the new middle school to look similar to Depoali Middle School due to its modern design and energy efficiency.

The plan is for the school to hold 1,400 students, and parents are pleased that it will help reduce class sizes.

"With such a large growing area, I think overcrowding, and a new middle school is needed. Kids deserve to have normal size classrooms and get the education they deserve," said Sarah Borden, Sun Valley resident.

July 24, 2017, the district is holding a town hall meeting to gather public comments on the new middle school in Sun Valley. It’s being held at Esther Bennett Elementary School at 5:30 pm.

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