CCSD plans to hire thousands of teachers next school year

CCSD plans to hire thousands of teachers next school year

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Mar 7, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Clark County School District plans to hire as many as 2,000 new teachers, using salary and benefit concessions from current teachers.

CCSD recently won contract arbitration with the teachers' union. District officials said they always intended to use the $23 million in savings to make new hires.

School officials estimate at least 1,500 new students will enroll in the next school year.

The union anticipates at least 1,000 teachers will leave by the end of this school year.

There is no disagreement over the need to lower class sizes, just the way it's being done.

Union president Ruben Murillo said, "It's hard to swallow because teachers who've been here for years and years and years, who've invested in their education, who've worked hard to work their way up the salary schedule, took a cut in pay for these teachers to come in. Hard pill to swallow. Absolutely."

CCSD spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson said, "We know studies show that kids have a better opportunity for educational advancement when they have lower class sizes and that improves the working conditions for our employees. So this is a win for everyone."

The school district plans to recruit new teachers nationwide.

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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.