Parents come up with ‘buy a teacher’ solution to combat budget deficit woes at local school

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Amid a massive budget deficit, the Clark County School District can’t keep up with the rising costs of public education, so, a group of parents have decided to do something about it. 

“This underfunded, overcrowded, school message has been out there for decades, and it just keeps getting worse and worse,” said parent Rachael Rizzi. 

Richard H. Bryan Elementary School had to cut $68,000 from its budget. 

“The only way that we could do this is to cut an expected teacher position that we had for next year,” parent Jeane Taylor said. 

Taylor also works on the School Organizational Team. The idea is to raise enough money to buy a teacher for the 2018-2019 school year, so Taylor’s asking parents to pay $180 per student to buy a teacher.

Overcrowding is another big issue.

According to Ella Fuentes, “We ended the year with 42 kids in my classroom.” 

Adding a teacher will bring that number down to about 30 students. 

“I think it could be a good solution to the problem we have and I think it could work,” said Fuentes. 

But, the district isn’t exactly on board.

“Schools regularly conduct fundraisers to purchase items such as new technology, and other classroom and extracurricular tools,” said Melinda Malone, the spokesperson for CCSD. “However, the district does not encourage the use of one-time funds, such as those from fundraising, to pay for ongoing expenses such as salaries.”   

Taylor and Rizzi say they know the “Buy A Teacher” campaign is just a band-aid, but, to them, it’s better than nothing.

“The only way to fix it permanently is to surgically cut out the cancer that’s in our legislature, that’s not supporting these kids through funding education,” said Rizzi. 

Taylor and Rizzi made up the following list of incentives:

For a year: $79,833 — the donor gets a classroom named after them. The doner will also receive a permanent acknowledgment of their donation, a full page in the yearbook and a mutually agreed-upon opportunity to advertise to our parents. 

For a month: $9,000 — the donor receives a permanent acknowledgment of your donation, a full page in the yearbook and a mutually agreed-upon opportunity to advertise to the school’s parents. 

For a week: $2,300 — the donor eceive a permanent acknowledgment of your donation, a full page in the yearbook and a mutually agreed-upon opportunity to advertise to our parents. 

For a day: $450 — the donor receives a permanent acknowledgment of your donation and a quarter page in the yearbook. 

For an hour: $75 — the donor receives an acknowledgment of your donation in the yearbook. 

Additionally, there is a donation button on the school’s website here. 

If they don’t reach that goal, parents say the money raised will still go towards alleviating the problem.

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