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CCSD looking for funding solutions for overcrowded schools

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LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District says the problem of classroom overcrowding is getting out of control.

Officials are now installing three portables a week to make sure kids have room to learn starting next school year.

Most schools may be out for the summer, but CCSD officials are already looking ahead to the fall and how to deal with the problem of overcapacity classrooms.

Some local moms say their new website, hopefornevada.org, may be the solution to get more schools built. It is a one-stop shop for families to learn about how the CCSD is funded.

"At some point, we need to pass a bond measure because we can't build schools out of the operating budget. We have to have capital," mother Caryne Shea said.

Capital the school district doesn't have, according to school board trustee Deanna Wright.

"We need more money. We need more building. We need more physical school space," Wright said.

In 2012, voters shot down the ballot measure to increase property tax and raise more than $700 million to build new schools.

Wright says the district now has to utilize a more cost-effective option and make more room for kids by putting them in more portables.

"We are getting about three portables a week and they are being placed in campuses," Wright said.

With more than half of the district's elementary schools at least 25 percent overcapacity, Wright says the plan to order some 50 portables by the end summer won't be nearly enough to ease this problem.

"We could build 26 new elementary schools and we could fill them all," Wright said.

Shea says for now her children's school, Staton Elementary School in Summerlin, is not slated for rezoning but that could change.

She hopes the new website can get more parents to better understand the district’s funding issues, which could lead them to speak out on why more money is needed now to build more schools.

"I don't know if we have another alternative until we can pass another bond measure," Shea said.

There will be a public meeting to discuss school bonds and other funding solutions for CCSD at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the CCSD administrative building, 5100 W. Sahara Avenue. Parents are urged to attend.

For information on the website, go to hopefornevada.org.

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