Schools are facing massive cuts that could mean eliminating 500 teacher positions and all librarians at the junior and senior high schools. The district has held public input meetings on those cuts. More>>
School district leaders are hoping to get some much-needed input from the public on where to cut $120 million from their budget. The school district is holding two town hall meetings to get resident's input.More>>
With teachers already digging into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies, and students already sharing textbooks, many are wondering what other sacrifices will they be forced to make.More>>
The school district thought it was done with cuts for at least the current school year but now they are being asked to look into cutting deeper -- up to $75 million deeper.
So they are working with parents and staff and making a list of what should absolutely not be cut and what can they live without.
Parents, students and staff filled the gym, all having ringside seats for round four of budget cuts.
"We had been told that we would probably not have anymore cuts this year. Now that has been changed and we are facing really very significant cuts," said superintendent Dr. Walt Rulffes.
The district is being asked to look into a range of cuts, from four-percent to 11-percent, or up to $75 million.
"It said cuts this year and it made me scared thinking what is going to happen after Christmas break," said teacher Amy Wood.
Wood is joined by many teachers who worry their class sizes could go up to 40 or more students, even in kindergarten classes. Parents fear that beyond the crowded classrooms there will be no extracurricular programs.
"It really provides them with a great educational incentive to keep in school. I've seen my own kids be so rewarded by those programs," said parent Diane Clough.
To many, there's cuts they can't live with. So the district is giving them a chance to voice it. Everyone was given three orange tickets to write a program they want to keep, while also getting three green tickets to elect something to cut. For many the choice were not easy.
"I wish everything was on the keep list. Unfortunately, I understand we are in an economic downturn. I understand things have to be made, cuts have to be made, decisions have to be made," said Wood.
So far athletics, extra curricular programs and small class sizes are topping the list to keep, while proposed cuts are empowerment schools, early retirement incentives and cutting prep periods for high school department chairs.
Some members of the district are also calling for some out-of-the-box ideas for cuts, like moving to a four day school week. But the superintendent of school says that idea so far has not been supported by the community and would actually be illegal by state law.
Monday, September 1 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:06:07 GMT
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. In some cases, it has to do with a language barrier, but in most cases, it is fear among undocumented immigrants that they could end up being deported. More>>
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. It's hoped the opening of a new medical clinic will change that.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:58:50 GMT
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Association, around 313,000 people visited Las Vegas over the Labor Day weekend. More>>
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:51:43 GMT
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun. More>>
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun.