Infrastructure Improvements Planned to Support Middle School in Sun Valley

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The project area map for a proposed school in Sun Valley.
The project area map for a proposed school in Sun Valley. Image: BLM

Intergovernmental agreements for water main and sewer main infrastructure that would support a new middle school in Sun Valley were approved Tuesday by Washoe County School District trustees.

An agreement between the school district and Sun Valley General Improvement District states the school district will pay 67 percent of the almost $2 million cost of the water main project. This includes putting in polyvinyl chloride pipes, also known as PVC pipes, along with replacing 63,000 square feet of asphalt, and putting in several 48-inch manholes.

The school district will pay the entire $1.3 million for the sewer main project, which includes 35,000 square feet of asphalt repair, the agreement states.

The 1,400-student capacity middle school in northern Sun Valley will be built on Bureau of Land Management property and modeled similarly to Depoali Middle School in South Reno. It will house sixth through eighth graders and is scheduled to open in fall 2019.

Funds to build the school are being paid for by a voter-approved sales tax increase that is expected to raise $781 million during the next nine years to build 15 new schools. Such dollars can go only toward construction of and refurbishing of facilities and cannot be used for teacher or administrator salaries or other school operations.

Consumers saw the sales tax increase from 7.725 percent to 8.265 percent this past spring.

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Carla O'Day
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Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.