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CCSD looking at district-wide rezoning plan

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LAS VEGAS -- Right now, top Clark County educators are hashing out the possibility of a district-wide rezone, which is in addition to the 17 schools to be rezoned for the 2014-2015 school year to ease overcrowding.

While no decisions will be made at Thursday's meeting, this on going conversation is crucial because of Clark County School District's growth and lack of funding to build new schools.

The school district says an extra 3,300 students to enroll next year and that number is expected to increase in the years to come.

Las Vegas mom Cheri Stanton feels the effects of overcrowding. One of her daughter's schools cut its kindergarten program.

"I have a child who would be going into kindergarten next year and our plan is to have both my children at the same school. I had that hope dashed because they were not able to keep their tuition-based, full-day kindergarten program," mom Cheri Stanton said.

Her other child's class is crowded, leaving mixed emotions about rezoning.

"While some schools may receive some relief, when you move kids to another school, they may not be able to handle that large influx of students. They might not have adequate facilities," Stanton said.

Tempers flared back in February when CCSD announced a rezoning plan, impacting 17 schools in the upcoming school year, but a district-wide rezone might be avoidable.

"I would like to see clear direction on areas of focus that we can look at to see if there's ways that we can reduce overcrowding at some schools," Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said.

CCSD hit a milestone in student enrollment in 2013. An additional 6,000 students enrolled in the district over the past two years, which is enough to fill 10 new elementary schools.

"When we're almost 16 percent over capacity at the elementary level, it makes it very difficult to shift to find open seats because we're already over crowded," Skorkowsky said.

Another option is more portables. At the start of the current school year, CCSD had 1,673 classroom portables. Now, they have 80 more but Stanton is not sure more portables are a good idea.

"There's also some concerns about the actual building materials themselves and the ventilation and whether or not too many kids in a portable classroom are breathing high levels of carbon dioxide. There are no easy answers to these difficult questions," Stanton said.

CCSD says anytime a concern like this is raised by a parent or staff, the district's environmental services department investigates.

If you have a personal concern, the department's number is 702-799-0985.

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