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CCSD superintendent talks back-to-school challenges ahead of first day

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CCSD superintendent talks back-to-school challenges ahead of first day

By Victoria Spilabotte. CREATED Aug 21, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Summer is almost over and it's time to go back to school, but CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky is talking challenges up front, like the shortage of about 600 permanent teachers. 

"We have actively put in place plans so that there's a licensed teacher or a qualified substitute in every classroom," he said.

That means the teacher your child has on the first day of class may change at some point during the school year. Skorkowsky said the district is also still recruiting not only teachers, but bus drivers too. 

"We are still short some bus drivers," he said. "We will be adjusting routes and working overtime on some of bus drivers to make sure students get to and from school safely."

2014 Back-to-School Guide

Once students make it into the classroom, the district wants to make sure they stay on track to graduate. This school year the district is launching an online database called Infinite Campus. It's for parents to keep track of their child's progress.

"Parents will be able to get real time alerts on attendance, tardies and it will give them information on when grades are updated," Skorkowsky said.

The superintendent's goal is to have more parent involvement. It started with a series of back-to-school fairs for families this summer and he hopes it continues throughout the school year.

"I hope that on Monday every student goes into the school and has a very successful first day," Skorkowsky said. "When they leave at the end of the day they cant wait to come back."

Victoria Spilabotte

Victoria Spilabotte

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Victoria Spilabotte is the weekend anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas, as well as a general assignment reporter.