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New Principal Talks About Mojave's Future

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Mojave High School's new principal will hold his first meeting on campus Tuesday night. Mojave is one of the three high schools where the entire staff will have to re-apply for their jobs next year.

The selected schools must improve their academic performance in order for the school district to get millions of dollars in grant money.

"It's not the greatest school," said Rebecca Guzman, a student at Mojave High School, who plans on attending CSN after graduation. She says her time at the school hasn't been easy. "They don't give us any encouragement." She says it seems as if some of the teachers don't care because the school doesn't perform well academically.

Someone hoping to change that perception is incoming principal Antonio Rael.

"There's been a lot of negative PR for Mojave High School the last few years, I really want Mojave to become the center point of this community," said Rael.

The Clark County School District moved Rael to the Mojave campus in hopes of turning it around starting with the staff.

"As of right now, there is no staff for the 2011-2012 school year. Nobody is guaranteed anything at this point. Each teacher, support staff and administrator has the opportunity to prove their worth to this campus," he said.

The district will get more than $9 million in grants if five schools, including Mojave, show improvements in student performance.

"There is nothing personal happening here. This is about professional decisions and the best interest of children," Rael said.

Students like Javier Rodriguez welcomes the change.

"When we first met him everybody was 'oh there goes the new principle,' everybody was happy for it, excited and expecting a big change," said Rodriguez.

Rael takes over officially on July 1.  Tuesday's community meeting is open to parents, students, or anyone wanting to attend. It starts at 6 p.m. at Mojave High School.

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