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More Parents Turn Out for School Rezoning Meetings

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LAS VEGAS -- More parents are stepping up and speaking out about potential school rezoning in Clark County that could shift students to different schools.

The school district says it needs to hear from parents and it will make a difference in easing the school overcrowding issue.

Last week, the zoning meetings barely attracted anyone. There were empty chairs and no parents in sight. This week, it's a different story. There were more than 50 parents at Tuesday's meeting of the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission and those parents had plenty of opinions.

"We pay taxes here. We live here. We should be able to reap the rewards," parent Beth Rahl said.

She doesn't want her child to change schools due to rezoning.

"With no crisis, if we move people, we are only going to be causing harm not doing anything good at the moment," parent Steve Moss said.

Some of the same parents attended a community forum in Summerlin Monday where Clark County school board trustee Patrice Tew urged them to share their thoughts on potential school rezoning at the weekly AZAC meeting.

"I's essential they come out and be heard. We want to know what their solutions are," Tew said.

Solutions may be hard to come by because many of the families would rather keep their children in overcrowded schools than have them move to another school that may not have the same performance levels.

"The schools considered are top performing 5 star schools proving they can handle the numbers and excel academically," parent Kelly Grimm said.

"I think the only solution is a new school in Summerlin," parent Jennifer Carbalo suggested.

That is unlikely because Clark County voters rejected a $700 million tax increase that would have funded new schools.

"I believe as a district we can do a better job of using our resources," said Anna Slighting, AZAC commissioner.

The public meetings will continue until January when AZAC commissioners are set to present more firm proposals on new school boundaries. Final decisions will be made in March. Until then, commissioners advise parents to stay informed and continue to speak their minds.

The AZAC website has only recently started working again. There is information on the public meetings and different school rezoning scenarios.


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