No decision made on how to solve overcrowding problem at local schools

Joyce Lupiani

No decision made on how to solve overcrowding problem at local schools

CREATED Jan. 9, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Clark County School District board met Wednesday to vote on a possible solution for massive overcrowding at local elementary schools, but no decision was made.

District officials say elementary school enrollment is up by nearly 10 percent in the district. Enrollment is expected to climb higher next year as the west and southwest parts of the Valley continue to grow.
A town hall meeting was held Tuesday allowing parents to discuss the proposed solutions. Parents verbally opposed instating a year-round school system, double sessions and re-zoning hundreds of students.
The option to build a school made of portables or to add double sessions were taken off the table at Wednesday's meeting.
The board is still considering the following options: 

  • Adding portables to existing campuses
  • Relocating or eliminating selected programs
  • Re-zoning specific areas 
  • Implementing a year-round calendar
  • Utilizing existing buildings not necessarily currently owned by the district
  • The issue of overcrowding came to a head after voters rejected a temporary tax to pay for improvements in November.
Without the funds to build new elementary schools and replace older schools, the district is forced to find space to improve the issue of overcrowding.