Governor Sandoval, Mayors Schieve and Martini endorse Washoe County Question 1 to Save Our Schools
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, and Sparks Mayor Geno Martini announced their collective support for Washoe County Question 1 (WC-1), the ballot measure to invest in the construction and repair needs of our schools, after a meeting with The Coalition to Save Our Schools Wednesday, August 17.
Governor Brian Sandoval issued the following statement after a meeting with the Coalition to Save Our Schools, encouraging voters to join him in voting yes on WC-1.
In the last few years we have taken tremendous steps to improve our education system. The new innovations and resources are improving reading and math proficiency, giving more resources to gifted and talented students and getting needed technology into the classroom.
However, in Washoe County, we all know that there is another education crisis – our schools are overcrowded, outdated and worn out. Indeed, most schools are over 40 years old. Without new investment, we cannot expect to provide children with a 21st century education in a classroom built in the 1970s, a portable trailer or even a converted storeroom. Although we have first class teachers, we cannot expect them to teach our students the lessons of today in the classrooms of yesterday. Our children, teachers, parents and community deserve better.
That is why I’m asking you to join me and vote yes on WC-1. WC-1 will not only provide the needed resources to build new schools and modernize others, it will bring out the best in our students and ensure prosperity in the future. Make no mistake, what happens in our schools today will determine the future of our state.
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve joins Governor Sandoval in encouraging voters to support the initiative, issuing the following statement.
Reno’s future is so bright, and we have so many positive economic developments happening. We must continue to make Reno a destination for companies and families and to do that we need schools that match their needs. WC-1 will dramatically improve our schools and our community, and help to continue the excellent trajectory we’re on.
Sparks Mayor Geno Martini released the following statement.
For more than a decade, I’ve represented the citizens of Sparks. I am committed to ensuring this generation, and future generations to come have the greatest opportunities to learn and grow in a safe and productive environment. Our children deserve nothing less. Passing WC-1 this November is the solution to provide those opportunities.
The Coalition to Save Our Schools issued the following statement following the meeting.
We are proud to welcome three important leaders to our coalition. Having the endorsement of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and the mayors of Reno and Sparks speaks to the gravity of the issue at hand. We look forward to working with them to pass WC-1 this November.
For more information or to get involved visit http://www.soswashoe.com.
Christal Park Keegan’s professional experience includes working as an attorney for the National Judicial College in Reno and for the Chapman Law Firm in Northern Nevada.