WCSD hosts community meeting to provide update on Wildcreek project

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- The Washoe County School District is moving one step closer when it comes to the proposed Wildcreek High School, but not everyone is on board.

The school district received a go-ahead from the Board of Trustees to continue talks to purchase 75 acres of the Wildcreek Golf Course.

"We feel there are really great opportunities here," said Pete Etchart, School District Chief Operating Officer.

But opponents of the project disagree.

"I don't think there is anything wrong with a high school, but if you can push this further north and connect with the road that is going to come out of Los Altos in Sun Valley then you and I can be friends," said a concerned resident.

To find a compromise, the district laid out different options of where the school can be located at the golf course, plus including a plan that may allow them to keep nine holes.

Some who are against the project say coexisting might be what is best for both parties.

"A lot of people think we are faced with either having a high school or a golf course; really we can have a high school and a golf course,” said a concerned resident.

December 12, the district will meet with Washoe County Commissioners and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority to present a preliminary offer for a part of the course. If the proposed school is built, the district wants to renovate the Hug campus into a career and technical high school serving the entire district.