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School District Seeks Name Ideas for New Middle School in Spanish Springs


The public is invited to submit names now through Oct. 20 for a new middle school expected to break ground this winter in Spanish Springs.

Scheduled to open in fall 2019, the 1,400-student capacity middle school will house sixth through eighth graders and be modeled similarly to Depoali Middle School in South Reno with safety, security, technology, and efficiency updates. It’s expected to relieve crowding at several area elementary schools once sixth graders are moved out of elementary schools and into middle school.

The 31.84-acre parcel is located between David Allen and Kiley parkways in the Kiley Ranch North development. About 20 acres will be used for the middle school with the remaining acreage available for a future elementary school.

Name submission forms can be submitted online or by mail. Schools are generally named after a geographic region or an individual. Those suggesting an individual are asked to provide information about a nominee’s role in education, public service, and their historical significance.

District spokesman Riley Sutton said those who submitted a name in August for the new elementary school in South Reno can suggest it again for the Spanish Springs middle school.

Riley Sutton
Riley Sutton. Photo: WCSD

“People can resubmit a name and if that name is picked for the elementary school, we’ll move on and consider other submissions,” Sutton said.

The School Naming Committee provides a list of recommended school names to the Board of Trustees, which makes a final decision. Sutton said trustees would decide on a name for the South Reno elementary school no sooner than November, and the Spanish Springs middle school’s name would be finalized at a subsequent meeting.

The 11-member naming committee is made up of one district representative selected by the superintendent, seven members of the public (one from each trustee district), one high school student, and two at-large members.

Construction of the new middle school is being funded by a voter-approved a sales tax increase from 7.725 percent to 8.265 percent that is expected to raise funds during the next nine years to build 15 new schools.

On The Web:

Submit a name online

Print and submit a name by mail

WCSD Intro Video for New Middle School in Spanish Springs (on Facebook)

Carla O'Day
Carla O'Day
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.