Washoe County School Board

Washoe County School District

A month and a half after Washoe County voters approved a sales tax increase for school building improvements, the Washoe County School Board voted to approve a plan on the first round of projects.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

During Tuesday’s special meeting of the Washoe County School Board, trustees unanimously approved a plan that outlines how $76 million will be spent on school facilities.

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Because of a new state law, two of the four open seats on the Washoe County school board were decided in Tuesday's primary. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman explains.

Candidates who get more than 50 percent of the primary votes are declared winners and don't have to go to the general election. That happened for Incumbent Angie Taylor in District E and newcomer Scott Kelley in District A. 

Taylor was appointed to the board at the end of 2014 and says her leadership since then has sparked real change.

Nevada’s primary election is in full swing. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray was at one polling site—Reno High School—to learn more about what issues Washoe County voters are concerned about.

Education. This is one of the hot button issues that came up quite a bit from voters including Andrew Ross, the father of two young kids. He says he’s worried about the reputation of the school district.

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Out of the 20 candidates running for Washoe County School Board, only one is an incumbent. Board President Angie Taylor is running against two challengers to keep her seat for District E which covers north Reno above I-80. Our News Director Michelle Billman has more.

At a forum last night hosted by the Reno Gazette-Journal, Taylor stood out as the only candidate for two districts who supports the controversial contract for superintendent Traci Davis. That contract includes a base salary of $238,000 along with back-pay, a car allowance, and other benefits.

The Reno-Gazette Journal and the University of Nevada, Reno are hosting two public forums to give voters an opportunity to vet candidates vying for the four open Washoe County school board seats. The first one wrapped up last night and featured candidates running for Districts A and D. Seven of the nine candidates from those two districts attended the forum.

 

Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sat down with RGJ education reporter and forum moderator Trevon Milliard for a recap.

 

 

 

 

A lot is at stake for education in the Washoe County School District. Four out of seven school board seats are up for grabs, and a measure on the November ballot proposes to raise hundreds of millions to help alleviate school overcrowding. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sits down with a local political scientist who says voter frustration could play into these races.

ICYMI: Ryan Gonda Joins Washoe School Board

May 12, 2016
Washoe County School District

The Washoe County School Board has selected a replacement for one of its members who resigned last month following sexual harassment allegations. 

Ryan Gonda will replace Nick Smith and serve through the end of the year. 

The board unanimously chose Gonda from seven applicants Tuesday following five hours of interviews and debate.

Gonda is a domestic violence attorney for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

One more Washoe County School Board seat is going on the November ballot, creating a total of five open positions.  

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A Washoe County School Board Trustee has resigned amid allegations of misconduct involving a high school student.

In a statement, Board President Angela Taylor said that Nick Smith resigned after the school district was informed about the alleged misconduct.

Taylor said the alleged misconduct did not involve Smith's role as a trustee and happened at Smith's private work place, not on district property.

Taylor added that the district took immediate steps to keep Smith away from the student and the high school.

A vacant spot on the Washoe County School Board is now filled. Diane Nicolet was unanimously selected by board members at a public meeting last night.

Nicolet is director of the E.L. Cord Child Care Center and her experience includes teaching education courses at the college level.  

The seat was vacated when a board member retired a few months ago and the term expires at the end of the year. Eight candidates are on this year’s ballot for that seat and she’s not one of them. A total of four seats are up for grabs.

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