School board discusses plan to break up district

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Clark County School Board trustees discussed a plan Thursday night to divide the school district.

All of the trustees, except President Linda Young, expressed support to split the district into seven precincts. Young says she is adamantly opposed to it.

Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky is spearheading the effort, along with a legislative committee.

He says the plan would give more control to families and schools locally. For example, a precinct could decide how to spend money based on the community it serves.

“The biggest piece is to make sure we are keeping decisions closer to families,” he said.

Critics say school leaders are moving too quickly with the plan. A district spokeswoman says the superintendent is considering the plan for next school year.

There are also concerns that students from low income families may become underserved.

“Are we willing to risk this group of kids who we’ve worked so hard for?” asked Yvette Williams with the Clark County Black Caucus.

Another meeting about the plan is set for November 10th. School board trustees say public input will be a priority.

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