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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“When you have older schools with outdated roofs, you can expect some leaks,” Sutton said.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.
Billinghurst Middle School experienced leaks in three classrooms over the weekend. The worst occurred in a classroom serving autistic children. The water was cleaned up Monday afternoon, but all the signs still remained. Ceiling tiles were stained brown and sagging. A patch of carpet as large as a queen-size bed was also stained brown.
The 26-year-old school is overdue for a new roof costing $3.7 million, according to district records.
The leaks come three weeks before Washoe voters decide a ballot question that would provide the district with an estimated $781 million in 10 years to repair existing schools and build new campuses.
District officials assert $781 million would provide the funds needed to fix problems like leaky roofs and build schools for all the students expected in coming years.
If approved by voters in the Nov. 8 general election, Washoe County Question 1 would permanently increase the local sales tax rate from 7.725 percent to 8.265 percent and give all revenue to the district.
The ballot question would give Washoe a record high tax rate for any Nevada county. Clark County currently charges the most in sales tax at 8.15 percent.