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Washoe County School District Explains Mobile Classroom Costs

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We're following up on a story we brought you last week on the use of mobile classrooms to alleviate overcrowding at Brown Elementary, during which we reported each unit costs the school district more than $400,000 each.

We asked the school district for clarification as to why the classrooms cost more than most homes.
   
The school district responded by saying each one must be equipped with more than the average home.
   
Each unit has two classrooms along with restrooms and a drinking fountain, a fire alarm, PA system and internet access, as well as stairs and a ramp to comply with the American With Disabilities Act.
   
They must also be built to withstand local codes for earthquakes - and extreme weather and by law they must be purchased with public bids.  

The school district currently estimates a cost of $140,000-$150,000 for the unit itself.

Permits and civil and electrical improvements that may need to be made around the unit can cost upward of $200,000. There's also $60,000 for infrastructure equipment, $25,000 for furnishings and equipment and $60,000 in contingency funds.
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