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New Middle School Named Desert Skies

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The Washoe County School Board selected Desert Skies as the name for a new middle school in Sun Valley. 

They selected the name at their regular board meeting at the WCSD Administration Building at 425 East Ninth Street in Reno Wednesday. 

Three names were being considered: Sun Valley, Michael Landsberry and Desert Skies. 

Currently there are four elementary schools in the Sun Valley area, but no middle schools.

Angie Taylor, president with the WCSD board of trustees, previously told us that a new school would reduce the commute for many parents and their kids.

Taylor also said that a new middle school would keep all sixth to eighth grade Sun Valley kids in one location. Meaning reduced stress on elementary school classrooms as well. 

Taylor said the Sun Valley location was chosen not just because of the available land, but also because of growth in the area. Construction is expected cost anywhere from $50 - $60 million. 

A public groundbreaking was held last December. 

The new school is expected to open August 2019.

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