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Washoe County School District Gets Green Light for 2011 Work

June 15, 2011

For Immediate Release 
Calli Fisher 
Mikalee Byerman
Washoe County School District Gets Green Light for 2011 Work
Projects total more than $31 million, set to employ about 340 local workers
Reno, Nev. (June 15, 2011) - The Capital Projects Department of the Washoe County School District received approval last night on a final group of projects that now comprise an aggressive roster of summer/fall repair, improvement projects and school revitalizations. The District's Board of Trustees gave the green light for the final phase of 2011 proposed projects, the initial phases of which kicked off last week at the conclusion of the traditional school calendar.
The work takes direct aim at improving classroom learning environments, making local schools safer and upgrading older schools.
An estimated $31.5 million allocated through the 2002 Rollover Bond will fund more than 100 summer and fall projects. Based on a federal standard and statistics from previous seasons, this summer is estimated to provide employment opportunities for approximately 340 local workers.
"Given that we are a district primarily comprised of older schools, these upgrades and improvements are vitally important," said Mark Stanton, Chief Capital Projects and Facilities Management Officer. "More than one quarter of all district school sites are more than 50 years old, with almost 60 percent more than three decades old."
Of the District's schools, more than half are receiving upgrades that are scheduled to begin before the conclusion of 2011 - the majority of which will be completed before children return to school this fall. Projects include roof replacements, technology infrastructure upgrades at middle and high schools, improvements making schools more accessible to those with disabilities, the installation of closed-caption TV cameras at local middle schools, and other safety, security and learning environment improvements.
"The taxpayers voted in 2002 to fund projects that will support teaching, learning and student safety," Stanton said. "Our goal is to make the most effective use of this voter investment, staying ahead of building needs and creating the best, most secure learning environments possible."
Stanton underscores that funding for this work comes from a capital projects account, which is money exclusively raised from voter-approved bond measures. It cannot be used to pay teacher salaries or offset general fund shortfalls.
Major work that is scheduled to begin before the end of 2011 (and mostly during summer months) includes the following:
 # of School Sites
Estimated Amount
Older school revitalizations
2 Schools
Closed-circuit TV security systems
9 Sites
Technology infrastructure improvements
16 Schools
Fire alarm upgrades
2 Schools
Heating and cooling upgrades
6 Schools
Flooring projects
1 School
Roof replacement
2 Schools
Gym bleacher replacement, bleacher upgrades for ADA compliance
1 School
Elevator design and installation
1 School
Environmental upgrades
17 Schools
Pavement and parking lot replacement
9 Schools
Upgrade restrooms for ADA compliance
10 Schools
Installation of kitchen at Washoe High School
1 School
Architectural repairs/improvements
19 Sites
Site drainage improvements
15 Schools
Electrical upgrades
5 Schools
 TOTAL ESTIMATE: $31,414,444.00
To view details about upcoming projects and to see how 2002 Rollover Bond allocations are being used to improve Washoe County schools, visit www.wcsdfacilities.com.
About Washoe County School District: The Washoe County School District includes the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area, Incline Village, Gerlach, Empire and Wadsworth, Nevada. The District provides each of its 63,000 students with a superior education in a safe and challenging environment and is committed to graduate every child career and college ready. For more information visit www.washoecountyschools.org. Follow us on Twitter at WCSDTweet.
Washoe County School District
425 East Ninth Street
Reno, NV 89520

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