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Thousands of Clark County Students Head Back to School

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LAS VEGAS -- Summer break is over and students in the Clark County School District returned to class Monday. More than 300,000 kids made their way to class and five new schools opened, paid for by the last of the 1998 bond money.

The kids and the teachers were excited when the school bell rang in the morning.

"I'm looking forward to just being a part of the first group at Ruby Duncan Elementary School, kind of building a culture, a community, among not just my students but everybody here at the school," said Teacher Stefanie Turell.

The school's namesake is civil rights activist Ruby Duncan. She was joined was superintendent Dr. Walt Rulffes, who toured the brand new campus, built for an estimated $16 million.

Outside schools all over the Las Vegas valley, drivers slowed down for school zones and parents dropped their children off for this special day. Many walked their little ones straight to their classroom, to meet their child's new teacher for the first time.

The will be the last first day of school for the outgoing superintendent, who's in his final days.

"I think I can help develop a legislature agenda. I can do what I can to help a new superintendent to have a budget that's livable, that still protects the classroom and lives within the resources that are available," said Dr. Rulffes.

Earlier, Rulffes joined board members at the last new high school Las Vegas may see for some time, the West Career and Technical Academy. They got a tour of that new school, which will have two academies: the medical science academy and the environmental, engineering and technical academy.

The superintendent also talked to school and leaders and met with students on why they applied to that academy.

Overall, everything went smoothly for the first day of school. There were some busing issues with the new schools because some kids weren't registered to ride and the buses got too crowded.

But the second day is always easier, now that parents and the kids get their routines down and know exactly where to go.

Enrollment compared to last school year is expected to be flat at around 309,000 students. A lot of families are moving around due to housing crisis in the district, and some are leaving Nevada. The district will not have an exact enrollment until the official count day next month.

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