CCSD Approves $2.1 Billion Budget - 8 News NOW

CCSD Approves $2.1 Billion Budget

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LAS VEGAS -- Eight hundred new teachers will head into Clark County classrooms the next school year based on the $2.1 billion budget the Clark County school board approved Wednesday night.

For the first time in several years, the budget for the school district didn't face any cutbacks, and was increased.

Tina Cox has four kids enrolled in Clark County Schools and is frustrated with the crowded classrooms. Some classes have as many as 30 to 40 students.

"The kids don't get the individual one on one and the ones that don't get it are kind of left out," Cox said. "I wish they would build more schools but I'd be happy to see class sizes go down, that would be a good start."

Relief could be on the way. For the first time since the economy nose dived, there's more money that will be used to hire around 800 new teachers.

While student funding remains low compared to other regions in the county, the legislature could approve even more money and bring full-day kindergartens to Clark County schools.  The money could also improve programs to help English Learning Language students.

I've announced that the funding for English Language Learners is now going to be increased to $50 million," Governor Brian Sandoval said. "We're also going to propose $40 million for decreased class sizes for kindergarten."

The amount of money could result in smaller classes, but teacher pay will remain flat, and no new schools will be built in Clark County.

Tina Cox said, while the budget is far from perfect, at least it's a positive sign.

"Well we are a growing city, I understand that. It's hard to keep up with Las Vegas," Cox said. "I was born and raised here and I know how fast it's growing."

The legislature has yet to approve the budget.

8 News NOW reached out to the teacher's union Wednesday night but officials declined to speak on the issue.

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