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School District Weighs Year-Round School Options

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LAS VEGAS - The Clark County School District is considering a plan to make several valley elementary schools year-round.

The plan is aimed at alleviating crowded classrooms. With 315,000 students in Clark County, school district officials say they are approximately 14 percent over capacity at most elementary schools.

If the district converts some schools to year-round, it can reduce the number of kids per class. Thirty nine elementary schools are being considered.

See a List of Schools Being Considered

The student body at each campus would be divided into five tracks. Instead of all students receiving three months off during the summer, vacation time would be spread out throughout the year, depending on what track the student is on. Approximately 20 percent of the kids would be on vacation at any given time.

CCSD officials say large class sizes are problematic, because children do not receive as much one-on-one interaction with their teachers, which affects their ability to learn.

"Those early class years - kindergarten, first grade, second grade - that's when we're really making sure that kids are ready for school," said CCSD Chief of Staff Kirsten Searer. "We call it ‘ready by entry', making sure that they can read, that they are building those literacy skills and early math skills that are the foundation for their entire experience in K-12 education."

Many parents are divided about the proposal.

"I think it's going to be great for the kids. They'll keep them busy and keep them with their studies and to keep up with their knowledge, skills," said father Pete Alvarez.

"I don't like the twelve-month thing," added father Steve Bejarana. "They don't give the kids enough time on summer vacation."

The second option being considered to ease overcrowding is rezoning or moving students from crowded schools to schools with fewer students.

The Clark County School Board will hold public meetings to discuss rezoning. The first meeting will take place Tuesday at Arbor View High School at 6 p.m. A second meeting takes place Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Palo Verde High School.

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