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School District Seeks Input on Overcrowding

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LAS VEGAS - Students are going back to school after their winter break. The Clark County School District says more students than ever enrolled this year, raising concerns about overcrowding.

Overcrowding has been a problem for years, but district officials say their backs are against the walls now that enrollment is expected to grow even more.

More than 1,000 students are enrolled in each of approximately five schools in the southwest valley. Those schools were meant to hold 700 students.

The Clark County School District and Nevada Parent Teachers Association blame a lack of funding for the school district.

"I think funding is the step in the right direction," said Nevada PTA President Kimberly Tate. "I don't know if it's the entirely, the only solution that should be considered, but I think it's a step in the right direction. Nevada needs to put its resources towards our children. We keep cutting and cutting and cutting, and unfortunately our kids are feeling the pain of that."

The school district is working on a cost-effective way to solve the issue. The district is also hosting a town hall meeting Monday night to get input from parents.

"What I don't want to hear is, 'Don't do anything,' because that's not an option," said Clark County School Board Trustee Carolyn Edwards. "We have to address this issue, and so what I do want to hear is how would they like us, out of all the options we present, which are the most palatable to them for us to implement? We would probably need to implement more than one of the options."

Almost every school in the district utilizes portable classrooms when a large influx of students occurs. The school district is considering building an entire school out of portable structures.

That's one of many plans to combat overcrowding in the district - primarily in elementary schools in the southwest part of the valley.

Other possible solutions include sending 5th graders to middle schools where there is more space or bussing kids to schools in other parts of town. There's also a proposal to make some of the overcrowded schools year round.

The town hall meeting takes place at 7 p.m. Monday at Sierra Vista High School on 8100 West Robindale Road.

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