RENO — At last week’s Washoe County School District board of trustees meeting, Gina Beeg was recognized for her decade of service in helping Brown Elementary School with creating art programs.
Trustees handed her an Exceptional Volunteer Award based on volunteering more than 100 hours of work at the school. She was nominated by a district staff person and selected by the Exceptional Volunteer Committee at the school.
“I love Brown School,” she said. “It’s like my other home. Thank you very much.”
Beeg was described as always having a smile on her face and honored for developing many art projects for the school. School representatives said they were grateful to have her.
Teacher acknowledged as ‘outstanding educator’
RENO — Farrell Vaughn was recognized last week by school district trustees for being an outstanding teacher and making a difference in the lives of his students. The proud teacher accepted his plaque, sponsored by KRNV-TV, United Federal Credit Union, the Reno Aces and the school trustees.
Vaughn has taught for five years at McQueen High School and has been nominated to be the speaker at graduation.
Cell towers OK’d for Spanish Springs, Incline Village high schools
RENO — The WCSD board of trustees on Tuesday approved a resolution for the lease of two cellular towers to be installed at Spanish Springs and Incline Village high schools. The minimum bids for each will be $16,800 per year, for a total of $33,000. The funds will be made available in part to each school.
School District loses first crime fighting K-9
RENO — The Washoe County School District announced last week the death of Yoshi, the first K-9 hired to protect and investigate crimes at the district. Yoshi, a German shepherd, died at age 16 from health problems.
“The (K-9) program has gone on to become instrumental in the suppression, and arrests of drug and firearm-related crimes on and around school properties through the district,” according to the district release.
Yoshi started his service at 2 years old. He was a trained drug-sniffing and firearm canine. In his first week, he found more than five pounds of marijuana valued at $500,000. He eventually became a deterrent on campus to all kinds of crimes, the release said.
Yoshi died at the age of 16. His handler, Officer Mario Palacios, cared for him in his retirement.