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School District Braces for Deep Cuts and Layoffs

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LAS VEGAS - Clark County School Board Trustee Deanna Wright was moved to tears at a Clark County School Board meeting Thursday night.

"Part of my… sorry, I'm trying to keep it together," she said.

A presentation of a tentative budget shows cuts to the Clark County School District will be deep, as the budget axe falls hard on the district.

The district is cutting $411 million. All CCSD employees could face a 7.8% pay cut. Between 2,486 and 5,428 are expected to lose their jobs. Class sizes could grow significantly. Some classes could hold as many as 39 students in grades six through 12.

CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones says nearly $49 million in cuts are proposed to administration.

"We just can't allow Las Vegas or Clark County to become a Detroit, where class sizes are running in the fifties or sixties," he said. "At the same time, I can't have the district implode, because we actually can't even support the schools."

Fearing Nevada's future will suffer as a result of cuts to education, school board members voiced their frustration with Carson City.

"I think this is outrageous, and I think there should be a swell of protest by the public," said Clark County School Board President Carolyn Edwards.

"Enough of this, enough," said School Board Trustee Linda Young. "We went through this last year… So what are we going to do? Go through this again next year? Come on."

"Please don't take away my teacher and class size," first-grader Sheridan Rodrigues pleaded to the board. If the budget is approved, his class would grow by three students.

Concerned citizens made a passionate plea to the public to support the schools. "Y'all want to all line up," concerned citizen Anthony Hodges asked. "Get your cars and go straight to Carson City. Trust me, you'll get it done."

A tentative budget is scheduled to be adopted April 6. A final budget is scheduled to come May 18.

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