LAS VEGAS -- Around 1,000 Clark County school students could be rezoned to different schools to ease overcrowding.
Following several public meetings, the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission made its recommendations for the upcoming school year to the school board Tuesday. About a dozen schools will be impacted by the rezoning, but schools in Summerlin will remain with their current zoning, according to the recommendations.
Summerlin parents were relieved with the commission's recommendations, feeling they had won the battle to keep their kids from being rezoned. Other families did not feel so hopeful and showed up at the meeting to have their voices heard.
"I have come to terms with the reality that I don't live in a top priority area for funding a new school," parent Carolee Frost said.
Without money to build new schools, AZAC commissioners recommended that students at 10 elementary and middle schools in the northwest be moved to other schools come next year to make room for new growth. Two northwest high schools could also be affected. The commission recommended all incoming freshmen living near Shadow Ridge High School go to that school instead of the more overcrowded Arbor View High School.
"It is absolutely a band-aid solution. We need new schools," parent Jennifer Carvalho said.
Her children attend Staton Elementary, one of eight schools in Summerlin that AZAC commissioners recommended to keep intact for the time being.
"If you have a certain part of a business that performs excellent, you try not to mess with that," said Jose Solario, AZAC commissioner.
Carvalho said the commissioners listened to what she and other parents had to say about why their kids shouldn't be forced to leave their top performing schools.
"I think it did make a difference," she said.
The rezoning must still be approved by the school board. They have scheduled a vote for the end of February.
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