Several Schools in Summerlin, Northwest Face Rezoning - 8 News NOW

Several Schools in Summerlin, Northwest Face Rezoning

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LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of families across the Las Vegas valley could soon be impacted by school rezoning.

The Clark County School District is trying to spread out the students to ease classroom overcrowding, but some parents say the changes could actually hurt their children's education.

This week is the last chance for parents to speak out. There are two final public input meetings.

The first is Tuesday night at Arbor View High School. The second is Wednesday night at Palo Verde High School. Both meetings start at 6 p.m.

The goal is for parents at schools that are facing rezoning to come out and share their concerns.

Erica Reynolds is a mother of four. Her children, two girls and two boys, are thriving in Clark County public schools.

"It is hard in Las Vegas to find a good school and when you find it, you want to hold on to that. You don't want to let it go," Reynolds said.

Reynolds may have to do just that come next fall. Her kids schools in Summerlin, Staton Elementary School and Sig Rogich Middle School, are facing potential rezoning.

"More homes being built means more kids, and more kids means we have to put them somewhere," said Jose Solorio who serves on the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission, otherwise known as AZAC.

He says with the different zoning proposals on the table, hundreds of students could soon be moved to different schools to make room for new growth.

"Is that a fair thing to do? That is a question you know, one that is before the commission and one will go before the trustees eventually," Solorio said.

Denise Birdsong's children attend Givens Elementary School, a campus that is now 30 percent overcapacity. It is on the list for possible rezoning, which is something Birdsong, who is new to Las Vegas, doesn't want to see.

"We picked our house because it is close to the school and Givens is a five-star school," Birdsong said.

In all 19 elementary, middle and high schools in Summerlin and the northwest could be affected by the new zoning boundaries.

Reynolds plans to be at this week's public meetings in hopes her children can stay in their top-performing schools.

"I couldn't live with myself, if I didn't do anything I could to provide the best education I can for my children," Reynolds said.

AZAC will vote on the final recommendations next Tuesday, but the school board will make the final decision on which schools will be rezoned by March.

For a full list of schools affected, go to azac.ccsd.net.

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