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CCSD Gets $120 Million More than Expected

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LAS VEGAS -- Clark County School District officials will get $120 million more than was in the governor's proposed budget.

Governor Brian Sandoval's initial budget, which the school board approved, called for cuts in the neighborhood of $400 million. This additional money will shave away at that figure. The extra money comes from a combination of tax extensions, including room tax, and other revenue that was approved by lawmakers last week as they settled on the new budget.

The $120 million equates to about $383 more per Clark County student. CCSD has said if they got additional money in the budget, it would go directly back into the classroom. 

Even with the additional money, the district is still facing cuts and no one is more concerned the teachers union. They will soon go to the bargaining table where they'll have to negotiate salary cuts, furloughs and benefit contributions with district leaders.

"Right now, our members are speaking out loud and strong, they don't want to take any cuts in salary and benefits. They believe as I do the district made the mistake of hiring all those teachers last year with the federal education jobs money, and put themselves in the situation now where they have to ask for concessions based on their actions," said Ruben Murillo, Clark County Education Association president.

Last month, CCSD gave notice to about 1,000 teachers that they would not be needed for the next school year. There were also 600 job cuts in the CCSD central office, which includes administrators and staff.

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