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School Overcrowding Could Mean More Year-Round Schedules

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LAS VEGAS -- Many Clark County schools are dealing with failing equipment and crowded classrooms. To make matters worse, school board members say there's no money to fix the problems.

Trustees are considering a lot of options including rezoning and year-round schools. The district could also turn to taxpayers for help.

Elementary schools, especially in the southwest part of the Las Vegas Valley, are bursting at the seams. Those schools need at least two additional classrooms to accommodate the students.

School board members are considering year-round schedules next year at more than 50 schools.

Wright Elementary was packed last year with more than 30 students in most classrooms. The school is now on a year-round schedule. Classrooms are less crowded, but parents are still divided on whether it is the best option for their children.

"I understand why they're doing the 12 month school, so they can actually keep a certain amount of kids on campus, at a certain time, but my personal opinion is maybe that they need to make more classrooms," said Sherity Gaspard, a Wright Elementary School parent.

 "Year-round school is good because it keeps them out of trouble," said Travis Williams, a Wright Elementary School parent.

"If this is a temporary solution, I'm for it," parent Jennifer Stephens said.

By switching to the year-round calendar, the districts can fit more students into existing school buildings and potentially save millions in construction costs.

"We have no money, no capital, for a new school,"  said Carolyn Edwards, CCSD school board president.

Trustees are considering putting a bond before the voters. It would ask for taxpayer dollars to ease overcrowding and fix ailing schools.

"The money is running out and where we are now is that many of our older schools are kind of coming due so to speak," said Linda Young, CCSD trustee.

"Please do. I don't mind paying more so classes get smaller and kids get more attention," Gaspard said.

Trustees say they are concerned the public won't understand the seriousness of the situation.

School district leaders have not made any decisions yet on whether or not to put a bond on the ballot for 2014 or 2016. The issue will be discussed at another meeting at the end of the month.

School board members say a decision on year-round schools will be made later in the school year.

 

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