Parents, officials debate solution to overcrowding in Clark County schools
Parents weigh in on overcrowded CCSD classroomsPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Clark County School District officials held a town hall meeting Monday night to ask parents what to do about overcrowded elementary schools. The gym at Sierra Vista High School was packed.
District officials say elementary school enrollment is up by nearly ten percent Valley-wide, and is expected to increase by even more than that next year, due to renewed growth in the west and southwest parts of the valley.
In November, voters rejected a request to raise taxes for two years to pay for capital improvements, including two new elementary schools and to replace two old ones.
Monday night, many parents rejected the district's options, which include the return of year-round schools; double sessions, and re-zoning hundreds of kids.
School board trustee Carolyn Edwards said the district must find a solution soon. She said, When you only have two years of overcrowding it changes the discussion of how you manage that. When you have five years you need to do something more permanent."
School board trustees plan to make a final decision on overcrowded elementary schools when they meet this Wednesday morning.
The plan will be put in place next fall.