SNACS officially closed on the new building June 29, 2017. The building was originally Washoe High school. It was purchased by Sierra Nevada Job Corp and later by the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). The SNACS Governing Body approved the pursuit of locating a new facility nearly a year ago in hopes of expansion and eventual relocation from the current site. SNACS administration worked closed closed escrow with the Washoe County School District, developers, attorneys, architects, engineers, and Bank of the West: First Independent Bank of Nevada, and UNR to close on June 29, 2017.
There is a three-phase plan toward moving the school community to the new location. For the 2017-2018 school year, SNACS is increasing enrollment by adding a class per grade level and will offer two classes per grade level per grade through sixth grade. For the 2018-19 school year there will be two classes per grade through at least seventh grade and we will add a ninth grade. We will continue to increase enrollment until we have two classes per grade level through twelfth grade. This will align with our plan to provide personalized learning on a P-12 trajectory toward college and career readiness.
Last Wednesday, August 1, teachers and staff members were able to tour the building that is slated to be renovated during the 2017-2018 school year. The renovation plan is to bring and industrial meets modern feel with innovation, PLAY, and game design theory embedded in the plan. The site plans are being reviewed by the City of Reno for final approval. We will share the actual plans with the school community as soon as we receive official approvals.
In the meantime, we are in need of volunteers with expertise in all areas of construction who can assist in decreasing project costs by volunteering and donating. This is important because a big portion of our project in promoting innovation and providing opportunities for our students is pending overall project costs. We are planning a container plaza that offers students, families, and staff a place to gather socially and engage in fun activities (similar to the Las Vegas container plaza in downtown Las Vegas). This portion of the project is sure to be the most exciting and innovative portion of the whole campus. We are determined to ensure this happens for our students. Donation letters are available for companies who donate time and supplies. Please contact Dr. Regan and/or Mr. Schoenfeldt if you can assist with our mission to bringing true edgy innovation to the north valleys via the SNACS model.