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Chaparral Students Speak Out Against Restructuring

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LAS VEGAS --  A standing room only crowd squeezed into the Clark County school board meeting Thursday as student demonstrators showed up to oppose a school restructuring plan that calls for a shake-up among teachers at five low-performing schools and the reassigning of three principals. Three principals will also be reassigned.

Demonstrators pounded the pavement outside Thursday's school board meeting. Students from Chaparral High School are upset about a shake-up at their school.

"We're all supporting our teachers showing them that we care for them and that we don't want them to leave," said Arlette Aguilar, Chaparral High School Junior

Chaparral is one of five schools the Clark County School District has identified as low-performing. The district is applying for a $9.4 million federal school improvement grant. But to get the money, the staff at Chaparral and four other campuses must re-apply the keep their jobs and some principals are out.

"They're picking on the best principal in the state of Nevada. Mr. McPartlin had done a lot for these kids," said Sandy House, Chaparral High School Grandmother.

Police stood by as students rallied on behalf of Chaparral.

"They're only looking at numbers and the bad in Chaparral, and nobody sees the good, and I think the good would definitely cancel out the bad," said Darla House, Chaparral High School Senior.

Inside, school colors filled the board room, and many students were moved to tears.

"Not only had this past year been amazing, but these past four years that I had at Chaparral has been an experience that I will never forget," said Dawntaya Smith-McAlister, Student Body President, Chaparral High School.

Superintendent Dwight Jones pledged to meet with the Chaparral Student Council.

"When we say turn around a low-performing school that does not mean that all the hard work and the things that are going on in the school are just being dismissed. We get it. We know that there's progress," said Jones.

Although the students had their voices heard, CCSD says the staffing changes are a sure thing.

Besides Chaparral, other campuses affected include Mojave and Western High Schools, as well as Hancock and Elizondo Elementary school. Under the restructuring plans, no one will be fired or laid off from the district.

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