By Patranya Bhoolsuwan, Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District has slated $2.1 billion for this upcoming 2014- 2015 school year.
The school board is set to approve the money during a meeting Wednesday.
Mayfar Valdez moved to Las Vegas from her native Ecuador to give her four sons a better future and a better education.
"Of course, I want all my four kids to have a degree, to earn a degree. I always want the best for them," Valdez said.
She says overcrowding at her son Leonardo's high school coupled with teachers not being trained properly to work with English language learners forced her to send her son out of state.
She says more training is needed for local teachers to work with kids from different backgrounds.
"If you train good leaders, you are going to make good leaders in the future," Valdez said.
"We want the best teachers in front of all of our students." Jhone Ebert with CCSD said.
Ebert says the upcoming 2014- 2015 budget will reflect superintendent Pat Skorkowsky's commitment to boosting teacher quality.
Aside from implementing a new teacher evaluation system, millions of dollars will also be slated for professional development so teachers will be trained to teach a more rigorous curriculum.
To make up for this money, other things will need to be cut including a number of lucrative contracts with outside vendors. Among them, an online program to help high school kids make up credits. Starting next year, CCSD will provide that service in-house for less money.
"There is one pie, and we are working that pie the best we can," Ebert said.
"I am very proud of my boys, very proud," Valdez said.
Valdez says her 6 year old is thriving with help from teachers at his elementary school, an experience she hopes will continue at CCSD for years to come.
According to the school district, there is no new money this year to add more computers or iPads, plus there is no money to update schools without WIFI capabilities.
Officials hope local businesses will step up to help donate these resources.