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CCSD Tackling School Overcrowding

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LAS VEGAS -- Clark County schools are dealing with major overcrowding in some schools and the Clark County School District is looking at solutions that could have a major impact on some families.

The crowding issues are mostly taking place in the southwest and southeast portions of the Las Vegas valley. In one case, two schools are over capacity with more than 2,000 children in each school. There are also several schools zoned for 750 students but have more than 1,200.

The school board is considering several solutions to ease the overcrowding. Clark County schools recently saw about 3,000 more kids flood into classrooms. The suggestions include moving some kindergartens to high school campuses or going back to year-round schedules in schools. School district officials say no plans will move forward without board approval and a strong effort to gather community input.

Wright Elementary School in southwest Las Vegas is more than 450 kids over capacity forcing students to attend classes in portable classrooms on the school's property.

"I think they're doing what they have to do. Yeah, it's not the greatest thing and if we could get some more schools built out here that would be even better," said Crystal King, a parent.

"This isn't normal ... 1,200 students in a school for 750," said Carolyn Edwards, CCSD school board president.

Because of money constraints, the district is even considering the construction of a portable elementary school with a price tag of $8 million. Board trustees say half of that cost would go toward construction of a permanent school in the future.

"The question is, of the choices that we have, which ones are the most palatable?" Edwards said.

A year-round school schedule would allow a school to handle many more students. There is also talk of moving select fifth graders to middle schools or moving kindergartners to high school campuses where there are education programs pairing older students with younger students.

"To hear about that is an absolute shock," said parent Raquel Love.

Parents will get a chance to weigh in on the options. The school board is asking for feedback. There will be a special community meeting on Jan. 7, 2013 at Sierra Vista High School at 7:30 p.m.



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