RSCVA Signs-on to Wildcreek High School project

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- The Washoe County School District will move forward with plans to study the possibility of building a high school at Wildcreek Golf Course. After all other agencies already approved the project, the RSCVA signed a letter of intent Thursday in support of the project.

"We don't want to go forward with taxpayer money until we really know the community wants to go forward with this project," said Pete Etchart, COO of the Washoe County School District.

The school district needs the land currently owned by the county and operated by the RSCVA (Wildcreek Golf Course).

"I would like to see the intent turned into a guarantee that we are going to see some of these things that happen at the golf course," said Ed Lawson, RSCVA Board Member and Sparks City Councilman.

Lawson was concerned whether or not golf will stay around and in what capacity.

While the RSCVA is losing money on the course and will likely give up operations to the county, golfers want to know if they'll have a place to play.

"There will be no driving range, no putting range, no place for the kid, the Special Olympic kids. There will be no place for people to go out and practice," said Rich Lawlor, a Wildcreek golfer.

Washoe County plans to keep at least nine holes of golf in place, selling the remaining 18 to the school district.

Nearby residents are concerned a significant amount of green space will be lost in the land sale.

"It is an animal sanctuary,” said Wesley Griffin, a resident who lives on the golf course. "We just really need to look at this much closer."

Griffin is concerned building a school will harm the families of coyotes and deer that frequent the golf course area.

The concerns resonated with the RSCVA board. They approved a letter of intent to move along with the project, but made sure to tell the district they want to be kept in the loop.

"We realize there are a lot of challenges, especially engineering type challenges, but nothing that we see that can't be overcome,” said Etchart.

With the letter of intent signed by all involved agencies, work will now begin on a feasibility study on the proposed project.