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Assembly 46 (AB46)

Funding for capital projects is a critical issue in the Washoe County School District and one of the district's highest priorities during the 2013 Nevada Legislative Session. WCSD has invested in its school buildings in the last ten years. However, the District’s only major source of funding (the 2002 rollover bond) expired in November 2012, leaving WCSD with no way to continue to maintain and repair its school buildings.The Nevada Legislature is considering a proposal that would provide a sustainable source of capital funding to WCSD. Assembly Bill 46 (AB 46) proposes to increase sales tax by ¼ percent and property tax by $0.05 in Washoe County.

According to UNR’s Center for Regional Studies, this would cost the average family an estimated $8 per month. While this would not take care of all of the capital needs our schools are facing, the proposal would raise approximately $20 million annually for WCSD to use on the most critical projects that ensure our schools are operational (such as repairing and replacing necessary equipment like the heating and ventilation systems, plumbing, and roofing).


http://washoecountyschools.org/community/legislative-session/capital_funding for much more information about the capital needs of our schools and the funding proposal.


Los fondos para proyectos capital es una cuestión crítica en el distrito del Condado de Washoe y una de las más altas prioridades del distrito durante la sesión legislativa de Nevada del 2013. El WCSD ha invertido en sus edificios escolares en los últimos diez años. Sin embargo, la única y más importante fuente de financiación del distrito (el bono de refinanciación del 2002) se venció en noviembre del 2012, dejando al WCSD sin forma de continuar en mantener y reparar sus edificios escolares. La legislatura de Nevada está estudiando una propuesta que proporcionaría una fuente sostenible de financiamiento capital al WCSD. El Proyecto de Ley 46 (AB 46) propone aumentar el impuesto sobre las ventas por ¼ por ciento y el impuesto a la propiedad por $0,05 en el Condado de Washoe.


Según el Centro Para Estudios Regionales de la UNR, esto costaría a la familia promedio un estimado de $8 por mes. Mientras que esto no cuidaría de todas las necesidades capitales que enfrentan nuestras escuelas, la propuesta permitiría recaudar aproximadamente $20 millones anualmente para que el WCSD utilice en proyectos más importantes para que nuestras escuelas estén en condiciones de funcionamiento (por ejemplo, reparación y reemplazo de equipos necesarios como los sistemas de calefacción y ventilación, plomería y techos).



http://washoecountyschools.org/community/legislative-session/capital_funding para más información sobre la necesidad capital de nuestras escuelas y la propuesta de financiación

Vision Statement

All students at Kate Smith  will be provided an academic and social emotional environment where all students leave sixth grade with the opportunity to be successful in middle school,high school, and life choices beyond and into the community. Kate Smith Staff members will achieve this excellence in their work by following the Kate Smith Core Principles of Accountability, Quality, and Responsibility.


 Interesting Information about Kate Smith Elementary

Kate Smith School was named after Kate Smith who was a native of Ohio and came to Sparks from Wallace, Idaho.  She was self-trained under her mother's supervision. Through correspondence work and summer schools she earned her degree.

Miss Smith was employed as a Sparks High School teacher inside the grammar school later to be named the Robert H. Mitchell School.  Several of her former students remember her as a very strict Latin teacher.  Students living in Reno came to Sparks High because they wanted to be taught by Kate Smith.  

The respected educator soon left Sparks to accept a position as assistant professor of Latin at Berkeley University.  Sparks High School seniors dedicated their 1918 annual to Miss Smith after she had left the area.  It is believed Kate Smith passed away in 1919.

In 2012, Kate Smith was named a Distinguished Title I School for demonstrating exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years.

General School Contact Information

1925 F Street
Sparks, NV 89431

School Phone Number 775-353-5720
School Fax Number     775-353-5927
School Email Address  smithkate@washoeschools.net

Principal-Debbie O'Gorman

Administrative Assistant-Daisy Frye

Parent Involvement Facilitator (PIF)- Ana Villegas


Daily Schedule:
8:00                      Office Opens
8:50                      First Bell/ Breakfast in Classroom
9:00                      School Starts        
11:00-11:45           Kindergarten Lunch
11:30-12:15           1st/2nd/3rd Grade Lunch
12:00-12:45           4th/5th/6th Grade Lunch
1:45-2:00              K Recess
2:00-2:15              1st/2nd/3rd Grade Recess
3:00                      School Dismissed
4:00                      Office Closed

 Early Dismissal Wednesdays----2:15