Commissioners okay moving ahead with Wildcreek as school site

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) Update December 12, 2017: The Washoe County Commission has voted four-to-one to work on a transfer of sale of the Wildcreek golf course to the school district for purposes of building a high school. At the same time, the RSCVA, which runs the golf course, voted 4-1 in favor as well.

Dozens of students from Hug High School, which the new school will replace, were at the meeting Tuesday morning urging building of the new school, saying the current Hug campus is inadequate for school needs.

The timeline for the school district the agree on all negotiations is summer 2018, with construction underway by winter of that year. The school is slated to open in 2021.

The consensus of the school board is that the school will be built on the north side of the golf course, leaving a club house and nine-hole course.

Update November 28, 2017: The Washoe County School Board has unanimously accepted a due diligence report on the site proposed for a new high school.

During the meeting on Tuesday, November 28, the board also unanimously voted to direct district staff to continue negotiations with the RSCVA and the county on purchasing a 75-acre parcel on the Wildcreek Golf Course.

A town hall meeting will be held November 30 at 5:30PM at Hug High School.

Original Story: The Washoe County School District's search for the site for the area's next high school has focused on one piece of property.

But that site--the Wildcreek golf course--has raised some questions--among them traffic concerns and the loss of open space.

Part of the process is a due diligence study examining the project's impact and any problems it might pose to construction.

A consulting firm, Wood Rogers, was hired--for $200 thousand--to look for any issues concerning the environment, its history and infrastructure that might stand in the way of building a school there.

"That's the real purpose of a due diligence study is to say, 'Are there any constraints that would preclude us from building a school and fortunately there's none," says Pete Etchart, the district's Chief Operating Officer.

The planning firm also unveiled different configurations for a 75-acre campus on the site--all of which would allow for maintaining the nine-hole executive course.

Wildcreek has been losing money for the convention authority, but it's thought the executive course could be economically viable.

The school board gets a look at the complete report next week.

A town hall is scheduled for Friday, November 30 at Hug High School.

Purchase of the site could follow early next month. If all goes well, the school could open in time for the 2021 school year.

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