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Emotions Expected to Run High at School Rezoning Meeting

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LAS VEGAS -- The battle over rezoning is expected to heat up Wednesday night for parents who want to keep their kids from switching schools to help ease overcrowding.

The public meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at Palo Verde High School. Aside from the parents,  principals from schools facing rezoning will also be at the meeting.

Come next fall, nearly 300 students at Staton Elementary School in the Summerlin are may have to switch schools to ease classroom overcrowding. That's just one of the rezoning proposals being considered by the Clark County School District. It's a proposal that school principal Joan Lombard is watching closely.

"My role is to be the voice for our community saying let us be heard," she said.

Numerous parents at Staton have spoken at previous meetings saying they don't want their children to leave a Station, a 5 star campus. Rezoning would send some students to nearby Lummis Elementary, a 4 star school.

Lombard says she understands the concerns of parents who have invested a lot of time and money into her campus over the years.

"They are advocates for their children and know that quality education is the ticket," Lombard said.

"We have parents who are here 10 to 20 hours a week," said Fawn Dowd, a parent with two children attending Staton.

She would rather see extra children in a classroom as opposed to rezoning which she believes is not a good solution.

"It's not working, it's not working so we want something different and that's what we are working towards," Dowd said.

Lombard admits overcrowding is a real problem and until there is more funding for new schools, rezoning is an option the district has to consider.

"We know whatever decision is made, we will accept it and move forward," Lombard said.

The Attendance Zone Advisory Commission will be at the meeting. It's up to that commission to make the recommendations to the school board. The board is set to vote on the issue by the end of February.


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