WCSD to host Wildcreek project town hall Thursday

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County School District is moving forward with plans to build a high school in the Wildcreek area. This week, the district is reaching out to the community to let them know the latest on what is happening and how they can have their voices heard.

It's not yet known how much of the actual golf course the new high school would take up, but the Washoe County School District has officially decided it wants to purchase 75 acres of the Wildcreek Golf Course.

"We are officially moving forward to make an offer to Washoe County and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority who jointly own and operate the course," says Riley Sutton, Public Relations Specialist for the Washoe County School District.

Tuesday, the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees voted to approve the due diligence report and direct staff to continue negotiations with Washoe County and the RSCVA when it comes to purchasing the land. Next month, the county and RSCVA will consider whether they want to move forward to sell the property.

In the meantime, the school district is doing what it can to make sure the community knows what is happening. November 30, the school district will host a town hall meeting at Hug High School to inform the public about the proposed Wildcreek high school.

"It is a huge project. It is the most ambitious project we've undertaken so far. It's a new high school for relieving overcrowding for an existing school," says Sutton, referring to the packed classrooms at Spanish Springs High School. He says building a new high school in the area would also allow the district to revitalize Hug High School and turn it into a career and technical academy.

"It's going to affect thousands and thousands of students and families," says Sutton.

The district is still looking at different options for where exactly the high school would be built in the Wildcreek Golf Course area, including a plan that may allow them to keep nine holes. The town hall will be a chance for the district to share some of those ideas and hear from the public.

The Wildcreek Project Townhall will take place inside the cafeteria of Hug High School Thursday at 5:30 p.m. It is expected to last an hour.