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The War Isn’t Over: We Still Need to Fight for New Schools after WC-1 Passed

Image credit: Reno Gazette Journal
Image credit: Reno Gazette Journal

A little over a year ago, our community banded together and ensured that WC-1 passed to fund new schools and significant repairs for older schools in our growing community. 57% of voters supported this initiative. I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond frustrated to have learned that the battle for new schools isn’t over. It’s time to rally again, and this time, it’s the students of central Reno, old Sparks, Sun Valley, and Spanish Springs that need our help with Wildcreek High School.

There is a small but vocal minority that is fighting the development of this high school because they are concerned about losing a golf course and increased traffic.

What I’d love to say to these people:

Seriously?! Have you looked around Reno lately? There are housing developments sprouting up EVERYWHERE. The majority of these developments seem to be high density housing. Our population is expanding quickly. I’m sorry to say, but you’re worried about traffic? The traffic is coming with or without these schools. We need to ensure we start building schools NOW so that our children don’t pay the price for this growth with severe overcrowding and a suffering education system. 

StephanieHannaSOSAs for you golfers…. I know you like your golf courses, but the fact is that Wildcreek has been losing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. In 2017, it’s projected to lose $337K for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Also, the WCSD has announced that they’re making efforts to spare a 9 hole course and the clubhouse, which sounds like a win-win to me.

I’m really getting sick of golfers in this area fighting new schools in order to protect their hobby. I’m going to stereotype a bit here, but I’m assuming these local golfers are retired, probably without grandchildren in the area because they’ve moved here to retire, and I’m also assuming these retirees probably had a pretty good education themselves, considering golf usually is a sport for people who are more affluent. Why is it, if these people are so blessed to be living in our gorgeous area and enjoying the fruits of their own quality education, would they fight the needed schools to ensure a quality education for the children in our community? Who wants to live in a community where the youth don’t have a quality education?!

I’m not a golfer, but when I look up Reno Golf Courses, it appears there are PLENTY of locations for this hobby. (Whereas my favorite hobby of swimming has a severe lack of pools in our community, but that is beside the point). We have seen area retirees/golfers fighting both the Wildcreek High School and Arrow Creek Middle School, which makes me absolutely livid.

If you ask me, their protests are too late. They should have been protesting the housing developments, as once those are approved, it’s absolutely irresponsible to deny the schools that will be needed to absorb the extra capacity within WCSD.

It also frustrates the hell out of me that showing up at public meetings seems to be the chosen way for local government to take input from our community. I’m sorry, but you don’t see a ton of parents at these meetings because most of us are working during the day and taking care of the very children that these decisions will impact in the evening. Meanwhile, these affluent retirees in our area have ALL THE DAMN TIME IN THE WORLD TO GO RANT AT PUBLIC MEETINGS.

This “not in my backyard” mentality that many of these vocal opponents seem to have is completely unacceptable. The children of WCSD live in our neighborhoods, and their schools need to be in our neighborhoods, too. We can’t just bus all of the kids to schools on the outskirts of town. That would be asinine.

So this is a call to arms. We thought the battle was over when we ensured that WC-1 passed in the election, but we need to continue our fight. RMB will be publishing one action item a day that you can quickly do to show your support for Wildcreek High School, and WCSD new schools in general. Please help us share these action items far and wide so that the RSCVA, WCSD and the City of Reno all know that there is overwhelming support for the new schools being funded by WC-1.

Your first challenge: Sign and share the petition that will be provided to the RSCVA Board of Directors.

Want to educate yourself more on this topic? Here are some great articles and resources:

WCSD Website/Video With the Background on Wildcreek High School

WCSD Site Assessment for New High School in the Wildcreek Area

RGJ Article on the feasibility study done by Wood Rodgers

SOS Washoe’s response to the opposition

This is Reno Article on No Reason Not To Build at Wildcreek

 

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About Lynnette Bellin

Lynnette Bellin
Lynnette Bellin is the owner and site manager of the Reno Moms Blog. She is a married mother of a tween girl and a rambunctious little boy. Lynnette moved to Reno in 2001 after choosing to live in a place that she loved for its natural beauty. Lynnette has written four children's books, including The Kindness Ninja and a series of three books called Adeline’s Magical Moments Collection. She has been obsessed with blogging since 2002. She is also on the board of Think Kindness, a local non-profit that inspires measurable acts of kindness. Lynnette loves to experience the outdoor adventures in our area, including skiing, hiking, camping, and open water swimming. She is especially thrilled to have her kids starting to love the same hobbies, and spends a lot of time shuttling them to the pool, Lake Tahoe or the ski area depending on the season. Lynnette’s life is a blur of kid activities, mediating sibling arguments, making homemade meals, and hugs and kisses, mixed with days of working in content marketing.

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