Washoe Country School District

July 30, 2014

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AB 46: School Capital Needs Initiative

 

Update!

On Nov. 12, 2013, the WCSD’s school capital needs initiative was defeated when the Washoe Board of Commissioners decided not to move forward with the proposal. Read more here 

Without this stable funding source for critical capital needs, WCSD will be re-considering projects that had already been approved by the Board of Trustees. We will continue to work with our community to find a way to sufficiently fund school facilities going forward. 


 

 


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E-mail us at AB46@washoeschools.net

  The list of frequently asked questions will be updated   regularly with anwers to your questions and  concerns.


 

  How was the money from the 2002 rollover bond spent?

  What will the money from AB 46 be spent on?

For a full list of FAQs, click here.

With the school district’s only major source of revenue for building repairs and maintenance about to expire, the Washoe County School District began to talk with state legislators and the community about what could be done to make sure that schools would continue to be taken care of and the taxpayer investment in those buildings would continue to be protected.

Throughout these conversations, it became clear that a funding solution was needed. The Board of Trustees identified sustainable funding for capital projects as its highest legislative priority and sponsored a bill during the 2013 legislative session.

Assembly Bill 46 (AB46) was introduced
with the support of bipartisan state legislators and many parents, business leaders, and community members. Many discussions about responsible use of taxpayer dollars, the school district’s capital needs, and the proposed solution ensued. Governor Brian Sandoval signed AB46 into law in June 2013, giving the Washoe County Board of Commissioners the power to determine whether to enact a proposal that would generate funding for critical school repairs and maintenance in the Washoe County School District.

The school capital needs initiative proposes to increase sales tax by ¼ percent in Washoe County and 5 cents per $100 of assessed value in Washoe County. It would raise approximately $20 million annually to be used for the most critical repair and maintenance projects at WCSD schools and buildings. According to the UNR's Center for Regional Studies, the proposal is expected to cost average families less than $8 per month if it is enacted. The proposal needs to be approved by 4 of the 5 Washoe County Commissioners by Jan. 1, 2014 to be enacted.

This webpage will be updated frequently to provide the answers and information you are looking for about the school capital needs initiative.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washoe County Commission Meeting Materials
 

Materials Presented to the Washoe County Commission on October 15, 2013 

Materials Presented to the Washoe County Commission on September 17, 2013 

Materials Presented to the Washoe County Commission on August 20, 2013

Materials Provided to the Washoe County Commission on July 23, 2013

 

The Council of the Great City Schools Review
 

 

WCSD Board Of Trustees Work Session on CGCS Review

Session Information

Video

 

 

   

“The Council of the Great City Schools has conducted over 220 instructional, management, and operational reviews in about 50 big-city school districts over the last several years, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Chicago Public Schools, the Houston Independent School District and the Miami-Dade County Schools to name a few.

The reports generated by these reviews have often been the foundation for improving the operations and management of many urban school systems nationally. These reports have also been the basis for identifying “best practices” for other urban school systems to replicate.

The broad scope of reviews that the Council conducted of the WCSD identified a number of major strengths as well as opportunities for improvements. In general, the Council found that the school system is in good working order. The school district has good departmental leadership, well-qualified personnel, and strong operational capacity. Specifically, for example, in the facilities management department the Council’s team saw district managers and staff delivering complex projects on very short turn-around times.”

Bob Carlson
Director, Management Services

David Koch
Principal Investigator

Council of the Great City Schools


 

 Map of Washoe County Commission Districts

 

Maps of Schools by County Commission Districts

Marsha
Berkbigler
District 1

Map

David
Humke
District 2

Map

Kitty
Jung
District 3

Map

Vaughn
Hartung
District 4

Map

Bonnie
Weber
District 5

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School Zones By Washoe County Commission Districts

Marsha
Berkbigler
District 1

David
Humke
District 2

Kitty
Jung
District 3

Vaughn
Hartung
District 4

Bonnie
Weber
District 5

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