WCSD wants public input as it plans to build three new high schools

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WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) - As construction crews work to expand Damonte Ranch High School, Washoe County School District officials are already thinking ahead to the next three high schools they want to build. With the passage of WC-1, funding will be available for the new schools which will help to relieve overcrowding.

"These schools are our future," says Pete Etchart, Chief Operating Officer for the Washoe County School District. "These are where our kids are going to be educated for the next generations."

But before the blueprints can be put together, the district wants to gather community input on the needs of the new facilities. That's why the district is assembling the High School Educational Specification Community Design Team, which is now accepting applications.

The team will define the specific facility needs, space requirements, relationships, and characteristics for the new high schools and will be used by designers to develop design concepts for the new campuses.

"This is the opportunity for the community to get involved in what these schools are going to look like," says Etchart.

"The last time we had the opportunity to do a high school was in the late 1990's and we built Spanish Springs, Damonte Ranch, and North Valleys off those education specifications," says Tami Zimmerman, Director of Planning and Design for the Washoe County School District. "Curriculum has changed since then and we need to address that."

Participation in the High School Educational Specification Community Design Team involves attending five workshops. They will take place once a month from May through September. WCSD is hoping to fill the committee with about 40 members, which will also include teachers, students, and staff.

If you are interested in being a part of the committee, send a letter of interest to the School District by April 14, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

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