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CCSD Addresses Overcrowding Issues with Parents

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LAS VEGAS -- Drastic changes are coming to the Clark County School District that could potentially affect every single family.

The district is facing major overcrowding issues and a decision on how to handle it could be days away.

There are six major options on table, but only three of them could fix the overcrowding issue quickly.

Several of the options include creating entire elementary school campuses out of portable classrooms, re-zoning the district or switching to a year-round school schedule. None of the options are popular, but officials said something has to be done.

"Something has to give, and we are going to have to address it in what we do for at least the next 4 to 5 years," CCSD Trustee Member Carolyn Edwards said. "We can't maintain the status quo without a school on board, and there is no school on board."

The three options discussed are major re-zoning, moving school programs, and new elementary schools where $26 million is needed and would take two years to build. Clark County School District officials said they don't have the money or the time to wait.

Dozens of concerned parents listened to district officials discuss the reforming situations valley schools are facing during a town hall meeting Monday.

Kelli Hall is one the parents concerned about their children in Clark County schools. Her daughter is in a school that's running out of room.

"I know the teachers are stressed out right now. I think she has 33 kids in her class, and they are all five and six, and that's a lot," Hall said.

The nation's fifth largest school district is nearly 10% over capacity on average in its elementary schools. The district expects another 3,000 students to cram into overcrowded valley schools by next year.

Voters turned down a ballot measure in November which would have meant millions for new schools.

There are deadlines looming with all of the options as the board of trustees took public comment and will consider which of the options to move forward with.

Any changes would affect the 2013-2014 school year and beyond.

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