Education

In the next seven years, the University of Nevada, Reno has big plans for expansion. At Wednesday's State of the University address, President Marc Johnson said the school will be hiring more faculty and constructing more buildings to keep up with record enrollment.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss attended the speech and has these details.

By 2021, UNR plans to hire at least 250 tenure-track faculty members to teach a projected 22,000 students. The school's current head count is just under 20,000--its highest enrollment ever.

Sparks Middle School continues to heal

Sep 16, 2014

It's been almost a year since 12-year-old Jose Reyes opened fire at Sparks Middle School last October, killing a teacher and himself, and injuring two other students. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli reports that as the community continues to heal, a federal grant is providing the school with ongoing support.

A $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will pay for trauma therapists to continue working with students and their families. They're keeping in touch with students who are no longer in the building as well.

Trustees settle with AG, pay out $1,500 each

Sep 9, 2014

The Washoe County School Board of Trustees has agreed to a settlement with the Nevada Attorney General over the board's improper firing of Superintendent Pedro Martinez.

 

Six of the trustees will pay $1,500 each for violating the Nevada Open Meeting law in multiple ways.

Attorney Kent Robison, who's representing the trustees, says they could have litigated this issue for months.

The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees is voting Tuesday on whether or not to accept a settlement agreement with the Nevada Attorney General over the improper firing of Superintendent Pedro Martinez. 

AG: Washoe school board broke the law

Sep 3, 2014

Nevada's attorney general says the Washoe County School Board violated the state's open meetings law when it ousted Superintendent Pedro Martinez. 

According to the complaint filed in district court on Tuesday, the school board broke the law in at least six different ways when trustees questioned Martinez about his status as a certified public accountant and then fired him.

State officials are telling the Washoe County School District it must change the way it handles Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs, for special needs students. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that some funding for the district could be at stake if the issue is not addressed swiftly.

Trcuckee Meadows Community College

Construction plans are being finalized for a new health science center at Truckee Meadows Community College. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports the facility at TMCC's Redfield campus in south Reno will lay the foundation for future expansion to the school's nursing program.

The $10 million project includes renovating an existing building along with constructing a new facility that will house a high-tech nursing simulation lab resembling real-world conditions.

University of Nevada, Reno

Campus has been bustling with thousands of students who started their classes Monday at the University of Nevada, Reno. This school year, more than 19,000 students are enrolled, setting a new record, and Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that campus living quarters are pretty tight in order to house 2,600 of those pupils.

Some dorm rooms are being converted from singles to doubles or from doubles to triples in order to meet demand.

At a recent conference at the University of Nevada, Reno, Governor Brian Sandoval spoke to nearly a hundred of the state’s education leaders about improving early childhood education. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that one of the governor’s top goals moving forward is to expand all-day kindergarten programs.

Right now, about two-thirds of elementary schools in Nevada have all-day kindergarten. Sandoval says he hopes to soon see it offered statewide.

A new portable classroom unit that is awaiting installation at Brown Elementary School.
Photo by Anh Gray

Students head back to school on Monday, but there aren’t enough classrooms for everyone. To alleviate the over-crowding, the Washoe County School District is installing about a dozen portable classrooms at several schools.  

From the inside, the third grade portable classroom at Brown Elementary in South Reno doesn’t look much different than a typical brick-and-mortar set-up.  There are colorful maps and flags on the walls along with piles of neatly stacked textbooks. 

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