The Washoe County School Board thinks that the lower portion of the Wild Creek Golf Course is the “ideal” location for a new high school and have already spent $160,000 of the taxpayer’s money in surveying fees and impact studies to prove that they are right. In spite of the acknowledged negatives of this location: questionable soil stability, congested traffic area, drainage problems (it’s on a flood plain!), and on the direct approach path to the airport, the WCSB insists that a Wild Creek High School is Plan A.
At a recent community town hall held at the Ellen Bennett school, the only reason stated for a Wild Creek High School location is to keep students from the same area together from grade school through high school. Perhaps in a perfect world this would be possible, but in the real world, students should learn to make new friends and cope with old ones moving elsewhere, whether to a different school or out of state, after all, the main object of schools is education, not a student’s social life.
The Wild Creek Golf Course has served the Sparks/Reno community since 1974 and is now one of the few remaining affordable places to play. (Not everyone can afford private country club memberships.) It is a PGA rated course designed for beginners, like the 2000 First Tee students who play there, as well as for the growing number of seniors, who play as a health benefit, but also has a challenging upper course for advanced players. In a few years the debt burden for the gray water pipeline will be paid off and with continued good management the course would again be profitable. It would cost upwards of $30 million to replace Wild Creek Golf Course as a golf course, but as a green space which supports numerous birds and wildlife and provides the surrounding residents with respite from urban crowding, it is priceless.
The WCSB should be encouraged to seek a better location for their new high school. More information and updates can be seen online at www.savewildcreek.com