By Carla O’Day
Contractors are invited to learn about the Washoe County School District’s online portal for obtaining information about projects and bids during meetings set for next week.
Meetings are scheduled at 10 a.m. Jan. 9 and at 1 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Sierra Training Room, 1150 Matley Lane.
Representatives from the district’s purchasing department plan to introduce a new web-based platform that allows contractors to learn about bidding, how to download pertinent documents, review plans about projects and get information on project descriptions, estimates and timelines. Contractors can also use the site to submit questions and stay current on projects.
With the passage of Washoe County question 1 in November, the district is planning numerous construction and school improvement projects.
Voters approved a 0.54-cent sales tax increase that is expected to raise $781 million during the next nine years to build 15 new schools. Consumers should see the sales tax increase from 7.725 percent to 8.265 percent in or around April 2017, with the school district receiving its first proceeds about three months later.
Funds would also expand existing schools and refurbish aging schools. Washoe County currently has 93 schools that serve about 64,000 students. Enrollment is expected to increase 1.7 percent annually through 2025.
This money cannot be used for staff salaries or other school operations.
For more information on the meetings, call 775-850-8056.
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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.