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CCSD Employees Chant 'Save Education'

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LAS VEGAS - Members of the Education Support Employees Association pounded the pavement Thursday.

"Save education," they chanted.

They marched to the Clark County School Board meeting, protesting looming budget cuts.

"The budget cuts are going to affect everyone, not only students, but their future and the future of Nevada," said school district employee Symmie Mitchell.

Barbara Connolly, a groundskeeper, worries her job is in jeopardy.

"They're cutting us 20 percent, and let me tell you, we're already being cut," she said. "We're not lazy. We don't make that much money. I don't care what they say. Maybe the top does, but I know the bottom doesn't."

Outside the board meeting, demonstrators chanted in support of schools. Inside, a sea of people in red T-shirts flooded the board room. ESEA members stood behind their president.

"Has there been any administrator asked to take a 45 percent cut in income," asked ESEA President John Carr. "I don't think so. I'm saying we're the lowest on the food chain. We can't take another cut."

Bus driver Jason White is another face of the budget crisis.

"Last pay check, I received a check for $597. That had to cover rent, utilities. That did not leave money for food, let alone gas," he said. "I'm still having to put food on the table. Right now, I have to go to a food bank in order to do that."

School board trustees say they're at the mercy of lawmakers in Carson City. "The pain you feel is the same pain we feel. It's traumatizing for us," Trustee Linda Young said.

The district will vote on its final budget May 18. School officials will learn how deep the cuts will be, when the Nevada Legislature ends its session in June.

Layoff notices could come early summer.

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