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KIM TRACY
KIM TRACY 51 Comments
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PLEASE join your community in insisting that the Washoe County School District builds the best schools for our children while being FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE and not wasting the funding from WC-1. We wish to prevent the loss of Wildcreek Golf Course/Green space where there is a proposal to build a new high school. Wild Creek Golf course is in a flood mitigation plain, a flight path and includes the Orr Ditch. Additionally, the location would create a huge increase in traffic to a location that is already heavily traveled on McCarran near Pyramid, Sullivan and Wedekind. Certainly there are better options than destroying a multi-million dollar useable asset to build in a location that promises to be uneconomically responsible.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nov 20, 2017
    Nov 20, 2017
    One of the courses I grew up playing and one of the courses that fueled my passion for the sport. Would be a shame to see a place of peace and tranquility go down over $$$ when there are other sites to build
  • Bridgette Barrett
    Bridgette Barrett United States, Yuba City
    Nov 15, 2017
    Nov 15, 2017
    From the mountain above the course is a very sacred place for me. If the course goes the mountain will more than likely go as well. My sons cross is on that mountain overlooking wild creek. Please, reconsider .
  • Del Foster
    Del Foster United States, San Leandro
    Nov 08, 2017
    Nov 08, 2017
    Love this golf course. It would be a shame to loose this Reno jewel.
  • KIM TRACY
    KIM TRACY United States, Sycamore
    Nov 06, 2017
    Nov 06, 2017
    Richard Jay, once again you speak as though you know the facts, yet so much of what you say is inaccurate, at best. First of all, I looked at several of the sites that correlate schools and property values. The part you fail to mention that all the studies clearly state is that property values MAY rise if the school is considered a “good”, “well rated” school. Because the building would be new does not equate the rating of the school to that standard. And let’s be completely honest here, Hug, along with the majority of public schools in Nevada, does not rate well. If they did, we would rate higher than 49th in the nation in education. Not to mention that property values near a golf course are not the ones we should be looking to raise as they are usually fairly stable. If raising property values were even remotely a concern, Hug would rebuild on their present site for their students and help revitalize a more depressed area in Reno. What an economic boost that could bring to that area. And yes, I am aware the plan is to re-purpose Hug into a vocational school. If that can be done, so too can re-purposing it as a high school and keep the kids in their neighborhood where they can ride their bikes and walk to school, rather than be bussed every day.
    The articles do mention their were 9 sites “considered”. Of those 9 sites, per Pete Etchart, the COO of the WCSD, NO MONEY WHAT-SO-EVER, has been invested on any of those sites other than the one at Wildcreek, towards doing ANY due diligence on any measure of their viability as a site. They were looked at via sight observation. As for the 7 people involved in the decision, before simply stating they are “experts”, you may want to look a little more closely at who they are, who they work for and any potential gain they may achieve by telling the WCSD what it wants to hear. And as an “expert”, wouldn’t making the assertion that the Wildcreek sight is the “ best one” be considered premature, at best, when no actual studies have been done on ANY of the other sites?
    The golf course has lost money over the last years, for several reasons, but it’s now coming to light that it’s not nearly as much as you may think and it has been the least negatively run venue of all of the RSCVA’s holdings, including the convention center, the bowling facility, etc. I won’t quote actual numbers as I don’t know them well enough to do so, but I have it on good authority that the course was actually profitable not long ago. As for no capital improvements having been made on it, the RSCVA makes no bones about admitting that funds earmarked for the golf course have been diverted to other venues in the last few years. Sierra Sage was losing more annually than does Wildcreek and was successfully turned into a profitable course once its’ management was taken over by a private entity. That same group who turned Sierra Sage around is ready and willing to do the same at Wildcreek so you need not worry about who manages that if the RSCVA gives it up. And are you really shocked that the course has lost money when it’s being run by city and county government?
    The TMCC site does seem to have plans for some other projects, but I don’t think they necessarily preclude the building of the school. As a matter of fact, aren’t you the one who is behind putting in a new soccer field up there? If so, wouldn’t you be willing to find an alternate location for the good of all those students? Or, as you say above, in the name of “ looking out for our future”? Or, couldn’t the school share that field with you? And on the other side of TMCC, they say a fitness center is proposed. How many acres does that require? Or, how about you put your soccer field on the same side of TMCC as the fitness facility and free up the other side for the school. Or, maybe the fitness facility could also be used by both. There really are lots of other choices that could and should be honestly explored, but the WCSD is rushing things because of a self imposed deadline for building this school.
    You say the cost of flattening a hill is cost prohibitive. I have a few questions on this. Firstly, have you seen Wildcreek Golf Course? If flat is a requirement, then the course is also not a viable site. Secondly, have you been to any other city that is not in the desert? This country is FULL of cities that have hills AND schools. Contractors build on hills all the time and many of us happen to think it adds to the appeal of the building. Some of this countries prettiest schools are erected on hills. I just watched my niece play in a soccer game at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado where there are several fields on multiple levels. Guess why they’re on multiple levels. Yep, it’s because there are hills! And the setting is gorgeous! Look around the Reno/Sparks area. There are actually a lot of hills and if you look closely, you will see there has been extensive development on them. And if the soccer field and fitness facility can be built on either side of TMCC, why not the school. Are their experts just better than the experts the WCSD uses? The excuses, quite honestly, are weak.
    As for “pandering” to a hundred golfers; is that another of your factual statements? I personally have spoken to more than a hundred people, most of whom are not golfers, who are adamant that the school should be built elsewhere. I have spoken with people who work for the WCSD, including teachers who currently teach at Hug who feel this is an ill conceived plan. It’s really not appropriate either, to sensationalize and suggest that anyone is not “looking out for our future”. We’re all onboard with the area building new schools as needed; we simply disagree with the chosen site for this particular school. We live in an area surrounded by wide open spaces, including a lot of BLM land which can be had for $10/acre to the school district. To ruin a public asset that so many people in the community enjoy, golfers and non- golfers alike, is selfish and unnecessary. I just drove half way across our country, through multiple states and cities and the one thing that stands out in most of them is the green spaces which make them inviting. It’s not the schools, the parking lots or the traffic. It is the areas that make them look clean and warm. The places that incorporate some nature into their boundaries are just more appealing.
    So Mr. Jay, this matter shouldn’t be reduced to accusations about selfish golfers wanting to ruin our future by preventing children from getting educated. This should be a collaborative effort to make this a win win situation for all of us. The RSCVA can turn the golf management over to private management, the citizens can keep their green space and the kids can get a brand new building....in any one of the other 8 alternative spots, or even somewhere not yet considered. It’s doable.
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