Washoe School District announces new high school and use for Hug

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Hug High School will become a career and technical academy, but not for several years, and a new, bigger high school will open nearby.

Renderings courtesy Washoe County School District

At its April 26, 2017 meeting, the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees announced major changes. With funds provided by 2016's Washoe County 1 capital improvement sales tax, the district plans to open a new school where Wildcreek Golf Course sits at North McCarran and Sullivan in Sparks. It will be designed to serve 2500 students, up from nearby Hug High, which serves about 1450. Projected opening is 2021.

Hug will then switch to a career and technical academy open to students from across the district, likely through an application process.

Washoe County would likely oversee other projects on the site, including the continuation of a nine-hole golf course, plus a possible community center, Olympic-size pool and pre-kindergarten center.

The property is currently owned by Washoe County, from which the district will need to buy the land, and overseen by the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.

The new high school has yet to be named; there will be a public process for that. It will also lead to rezoning to differently disperse students from across the district. Part of the goal of the new, larger school is to ease overcrowding at local high schools.

Stay with KOLO as we gather more information about the plan.