Duck Valley tribal school receives $64 million for a rebuild

An Indian reservation straddling the Nevada-Idaho border will receive $64 million for a new school.

Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo on June 13 signed the spending bill that earmarks the money for the Elko County School District, Maria Palma of KUNR Public Radio reported.

The Duck Valley Indian Reservation’s remote Owyhee Combined School is located in Nevada, but it also serves Idaho students. But as Palma reported, the decades-old school has several health and safety issues, affecting its 300 students: issues with its boiler room, proximity to Nevada State Route 225, and bats living on the school roof.

The Tribe’s Business Council has set aside 80 acres for the new school, which could take two years to build, Palma reported.

More reading: EdNews reporter Carly Flandro set out this spring to answer a simple  question: What most helps Native American students succeed? Here’s what she learned.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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