Kids all over the valley are getting ready for a new school year, but one school is getting ready to open their doors for the first time.
Pinecrest Academy is a charter school just off Boulder Highway near Racetrack and it's under the umbrella of the Clark County School District which means it will start classes Monday. Last-minute preparations are being made before they let the approximately 750 students roll through the doors.
Officials with the school say parents and volunteers have helped them get the school ready. Pinecrest Principal Dr. Reggie Revis says there are just too many people to thank. Revis says they encourage parents to be involved in their children's education. They ask that parents volunteer at least 30 hours each school year. He says many have gone above and beyond what they expected to help get the school open on time.
"As far as the amount of volunteering that we've had to have this school to get ready to be on its feet is as much as it has…I really can't quantify that," says Dr. Revis. "It's more than I've ever seen."
One common theme stressed at Pinecrest is safety, but not only a safe campus, it's striving to provide a safe learning environment.
"Research shows that people learn best in a safe environment," says Pinecrest Academy Assistant Principal Rachel Petrimoulx. "They want to know we're taking care of their children whether they're in kindergarten or in 7th grade."
Principal Revis says Pinecrest, like most other charter schools, operates on a budget of 80 to 90 percent of what a traditional CCSD school receives. They also don't have boundary restrictions, which means any student from any part of the valley is welcome to attend. That's before the school ended up with more than it could handle. There is currently a waiting list for new students.
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