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CCSD Gears Up to Ask Voters for Bond Money

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T-Lawn Reed's son will attend year-round school in the fall. T-Lawn Reed's son will attend year-round school in the fall.

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County School District officials plan to ask voters to support a bond that would raise money to build new schools. The question they struggle with is whether they should ask voters in 2014 or 2016?

Question 2 which was on the ballot in 2012 failed. If it had passed, millions of dollars would have gone toward building new schools. It would have alleviated the current overcrowding and the necessity for a dozen schools to go to a year-round schedule starting in the fall.

School officials say it is difficult to get bonds passed and the timing was poor in 2012.

"The district was asking for a tax increase right at the tail end of a major recession," said CCSD CFO Jim McIntosh.

As the economy strengthens, a special CCSD committee is meeting to discuss whether to put a new bond measure on the upcoming November ballot. The measure would help raise more than $13 billion  over the next decade to build new schools and renovate old ones. The other option is to wait until the next election in 2016. McIntosh says there are good reasons to do so.

"It requires some time to educate voters on what question we're really asking for and what it means to them," he said.

Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky says public awareness is key when the district is reaching out to the community for money. He says voters need to understand that a bond measure can only go to fund construction and renovations.

"You not only have to develop internal strategy but you have develop a community strategy. You have to get communities involved and engaged," he said.

T-Lawn Reed has a son who goes to Roundy Elementary School. She says going year round this fall is just a temporary solution to ease overcrowding and she hopes the community will eventually help invest more in education.

"I think eventually everyone has to agree to get money for the schools because we are going around in circles," she said.

Another reason some don't want the capital bond measure going on the ballot this year is because an Education initiative is already on the table that would raise about $800 million a year by taxing big Nevada corporations.

The school board will vote in the coming months on when to put the bond measure forward. 

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