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WCSD to Finish Budget Townhall Meetings This Week

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From the Washoe County School District:

The Washoe County School District (WCSD) will wrap up its series of 10 townhall meetings to discuss its budget and needs this week, and the community is encouraged to attend. The final three meetings will be held Wednesday, Thursday, and on Saturday, April 20.

The District is facing a potential budget deficit of $32 million for the 2013-2014 school year, but the final amount will depend on the outcome of the legislative session. At the townhall meetings, staff members have discussed the anticipated shortfall as well as the governor's proposed education budget, estimated general fund expenditures, the sequestration of federal grant funds, and other issues that could affect the District budget.

Staff members have also reviewed the challenges facing the District in capital project funding. The 2002 rollover bond was used to build new schools and revitalize older schools. When the bond expired in November, 2012, the District was left without a way to generate capital funds to maintain and repair more than 100 District buildings, including 93 schools. The District is sponsoring Assembly Bill 46, which would generate revenue for repairs and maintenance of schools and buildings.

"Our community has responded positively to our townhall meetings so far, and I look forward to the presentations this week," said Superintendent Pedro Martinez. "We are facing challenges in our operating budget and capital project funding, and while we continue to work with our lawmakers, we are dedicated to keeping the community apprised of our progress and our concerns going forward. These budget townhall meetings are an important part of that process."

The final three meetings are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, April 17 6 p.m.

Pleasant Valley Elementary School

405 Surrey Drive

Reno

Thursday, April 18 6 p.m.

Depoali Middle School

9300 Wilbur May Parkway

Reno

Saturday, April 20 10 a.m.

Billinghurst Middle School

6685 Chesterfield Lane

Reno

From the Washoe County School District

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