Washoe School District chooses site for new elementary school

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County School District has announced it is moving forward with plans for a new elementary school in Cold Springs at a new location, based on community input.

WCSD initially planned to build the school next to Cold Springs Middle School. At a community meeting regarding the project last year, however, the district says residents voiced concerns with the location. Since there were several other locations where this school could be built, WCSD surveyed the community to determine a preferred location.

The district says it posted an online survey and took paper surveys to multiple community and school locations in Cold Springs. More than 700 members of the community submitted the surveys to the district, which says a clear majority of respondents preferred a different location for the school—not at the location initially proposed by the district, but instead off Briar Drive.

WCSD engineers researched and determined a school at the new location could be built at roughly the same cost and on the same timeline.

“Whenever there are options for site selection, we prefer to ask for input from the community,” says Adam Searcy, WCSD chief facilities management officer. “We are excited to move forward with this project, and very appreciative of Bob Lissner and Lifestyle Homes for their partnership and commitment to sell us this land and provide construction services at a discount that will save the school district over $1 million.”

This new school will be built using the same design as the new Nick Poulakidas Elementary School under construction in south Reno. The new elementary school in Cold Springs is scheduled to open in 2021.

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