There is a lot happening around our plans to build and repair schools. A few of the highlights:
School Naming: The next meeting of the School Naming Committee has been set for October 16 (5:30 p.m., in our Board Room). At this meeting, the committee will consider and may act to pick a finalist(s) for the name of the new elementary school in south Reno. That recommendation then goes to our Board of Trustees, who make the final decision. Today will be the last day to “vote” on your favorite of the semi-finalist names – visit this page for more information and to tell us your top picks.
School Construction Budgets: At their regular meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, October 10), the Board of Trustees will hear a presentation and may vote to set construction budgets for three new schools – the middle schools in Spanish Springs and Sun Valley, and elementary school in south Reno. These budgets were thoroughly vetted by our external oversight group, the Capital Funding Protection Committee, on September 28. The committee voted to recommend the budgets for these schools, and asked for some additional information to be presented to the Board of Trustees. If the Board votes to approve these budgets, then the contractor will finish publicly bidding the work. After all bids are opened, the contractor will provide a “guaranteed maximum price” or GMP for the project, which the Board of Trustees must act on as well. Assuming the GMP is within the budget and the Board approves, we build! Our plan is to have all three schools done in time for the start of school in August 2019.
Arrowcreek Townhall/Middle School: We have been working for some time now to acquire land from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for a future middle school in Arrowcreek (essentially across the street from Hunsberger Elementary School). As part of USFS process for acquiring the land, we are hosting public a townhall Wednesday night (October 11, 5:30 p.m. at Hunsberger Elementary School) to discuss the project. This middle school could relieve overcrowding and positively impact most or all of the middle and elementary schools south of I-80 through zoning changes, and moving 6th grades from elementary to middle school (a long-term academic goal of the District).
Contractor for New High School: Also up for discussion and possible action at the Board meeting tomorrow is the contract for pre-construction CMAR services for the new high school in the Wildcreek area. (Check out previous blog “WCSD school construction and repairs update” for more on how this CMAR process works). This is the next step in designing and then building this new high school that would serve the Hug High School zone, and so much more!