Reno Schools Maintained by Modular Classrooms

modular_2_room_classroom__rick_chase_courier_staff_photographer__Kingsley_sch_waterloo_IASchool overcrowding in Washoe County, Nevada has led to the acquisition of 94 modular units, each with two classrooms, over some 30 years, and another $400,000 this year for classrooms for 13 schools in the school district that encompasses Reno. According to, at least 15 of the district schools are over capacity, even with the use of modular units, and one of those has no more room for a modular unit. “Unfortunately because of our funding situation where we can’t afford a new school, we are surviving with portable classrooms and we are not building the new schools,” said Pete Etchart, the chief operating officer for the Washoe County School District. Growth projections by the University of Nevada, Reno, reveal the district may need as many as ten new schools in the coming years. ##

(Photo credit: Rick Chase/Courier Staff  Photographer–Kingsley School, Waterloo, Iowa)


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