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School board adds to projects plan
by Garrett Valenzuela - gvalenzuela@dailysparkstribune.com
Jun 13, 2012 | 881 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Washoe County School District board of trustees on Tuesday approved a a $3 million addition to the proposed capital projects plan, which next heads the board’s oversight panel for review and discussion.

According to the capital project department’s documents, the additional funds will help replace portable housing for students that are about 30 years old and are beyond economic repair. The original funding proposal for the plan totaled $43,627,100 and actual funding is suggested for 2013 and 2014.

The allocation plan encompasses five major categories for distribution of funds and improvements, including portable student housing, technological improvements, older school revitalization, Facility Condition Inspection System (FCIS) needs and funding for the Envision WCSD 2015 program.

Only a portion of the $3 million will be focused toward the portable housing upgrade; the rest will be targeted to the initiatives surrounding the Envision 2015 project.

Envision WCSD 2015 is designed to “create an education system where all students achieve academic success, develop personal and civic responsibility and achieve career and college readiness for the 21st century,” according to the WCSD.

The Envision plan will focus its attention on curriculum standards, recruitment of academic personnel, community involvement, student engagement and school performance management. The strategic plan was introduced in 2010 as part of Dr. Heath Morrison’s plan for the district. According to the revised plan, Envision will need a little more than $4.5 million in 2014.

Technological upgrades are slated to receive about $11.6 million in 2014, which would cover such things as classrooms’ abilities to connect to the intranet and Internet, upgrades to rooms without interactive whiteboards and projectors and upgrading some classrooms to hold Internet capacity for each student in the class.

Renovation and revitalization to older elementary schools totals more than $19 million — more than $5 million in 2013 and $13.5 in 2014. Six elementary schools, including Juniper, Gomm and Pleasant Valley, will be upgraded from their “1950s generation schools” condition to meet new elementary school standards, according to the plan. Sierra Vista and Picollo schools will also be receiving upgrades such as secure entry and repurposing existing space.

Another $10 million will be directed to FCIS to help facility maintenance, upkeep and general needs in 2013.

The CPAP will now be taken to the oversight panel for school facilities, which will review and approve or disapprove the allocations of funds. The board of trustees will then provide additional input and decide whether the CPAP funding is needed and whether the existing bond proceeds will be used to cover the suggested expenditures.
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