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Rain damages 19 Washoe schools

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Last weekend’s rainstorm damaged 19 Washoe County public schools because of leaky roofs, according to district officials receiving calls for repairs.

The destruction ranges from ruined ceiling tiles and stained carpets to room flooding, which in rare instances forced classes to be held in other rooms.

Here are the affected schools:

Alice Smith, Allen, Cannan, Desert Heights, Dodson, Double Diamond, Gomes, Greenbrae, Lemelson, Lenz, Palmer and Sun Valley elementary schools.

Billinghurst, Incline and Shaw middle schools.

Incline, Innovations, Reno and Sparks high schools.

In addition to schools, leak damage occurred at the Washoe County School District’s administrative building, the Glen Hare Building and a transportation yard for school buses.

Spokesman Riley Sutton said the district is still assessing the cost of damages and doesn’t yet know what insurance will cover. The leaks, however, are the direct result of roofs needing repairs and replacement, he added.

“When you have older schools with outdated roofs, you can expect some leaks,” Sutton said.

A district assessment found Washoe schools need $31 million in roof work, mostly to replace roofs. But officials assert they can’t currently afford that cost.

They’re left to patch the problems, Sutton said.


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