WCSD releases new details on proposed high school

RENO, NV (KOLO) The Washoe County School District has released animation of the new high school scheduled to be built on the site where the Wildcreek Golf Course now sits.

The three-story modern high school, the first for the district, will encompass a total of 295,000 square feet. The cost estimates are between $194,000,000 and $216,000,000.

The district says this is comparable to Damonte High and Spanish Springs High School construction costs in 2019 dollars.

The building will have 50 classrooms, a cafeteria, nutrition center, media center, and specialized labs, among other learning spaces. A football and baseball field will also be part of the high school.

The district says it is being built to educate children for the 21st century, with flexibility for the times, whatever they may bring.

“How do we hedge about what might change in the future?” asks Adam Searcy with Washoe County School District. “There are many subtle ways. Ranging from just the way the collaborative space and the interior of the building are set up. All the way to the structural design of this building lends itself to future flexibility,” says Searcy.

June 6, 2019, the school district’s External Oversight Committee for Capital Projects will get more information about the new high school.

The committee, made up of elected and appointed individuals, is tasked with examining all new and updated school projects funded by a voter approved initiative which increased sales tax in Washoe County.

“As the committee implies, they do take their job seriously to protect and ensure prudent use of the tax payer dollars,” says Searcy.

The public meeting begins at 4PM at administrative offices on 9th Street.

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