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Parents oppose rezoning to ease overcrowded schools in Summerlin

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Parents oppose rezoning to ease overcrowded schools in Summerlin

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Jan 15, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Rezoning, double sessions and year-round schools are the options being considered for 20 elementary, middle and high schools in the northwest and Summerlin.

To say the rezoning option is emotionally charged, is an understatement.

According to Nancy Donuret, "'It's crazy. Do the math."

Donuret and her grandchildren were among dozens of families who packed into the Palo Verde High School auditorium Wednesday night.

They bought homes to be near specific Summerlin schools, and pleaded to be allowed to stay in their neighborhoods.

Donuret said, "I'm four minutes away. It's like, two blocks. Why should I have to go 14 miles away? Tell me that."

School district officials said they have to shuffle students to deal with a record enrollment.

According to Albert Delgado, "We don't have the schools to meet the demand."

Delgado is the Chairman of AZAC, the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission. They heard from Summerlin families at Palo Verde High School Wednesday, after a similar meeting Tuesday night at Arbor View High.

Parents' message to school board trustees?

Out of all the options to relieve overcrowding, busing kids away from schools they attend now is parents' least-favorite option.

Delgado said there is a chance rezoning may not be the trustees' final choice, "Speaking from experience from last year, we gave them a recommendation of rezoning and they went year-round on three of the schools down in the southwest area."

The AZAC committee is scheduled to make its final recommendations on Jan. 21.

School board trustees are scheduled to take a vote on Feb. 26 at a special zoning meeting.

Rikki Cheese

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