Elementary schools in the southwest part of the valley are bursting at the seams.
The Clark County School District (CCSD) says something has to be done and is now reaching out to parents for input. On Monday evening, a town hall meeting was held at Sierra Vista High School to address the problem.
The district says it doesn't have the money to build a new school after a financing proposal was rejected by voters in November.
One by one, parents at the packed meeting asked questions concerning the options the district has laid out to relieve crowding.
Five schools in the area have more than 1,000 students with a capacity of 725, and the population is growing.
"We anticipate an increase in student population in this area and we just can't let the status quo stand because it's not the status quo, it's moving," said school board trustee Carolyn Edwards.
With the cost of a new school at about $26 million and no money, the district laid out several options, including double sessions. Some students would go to school from 7 a.m. until noon and another group from 1 p.m. until 6.
Other options include adding portable classrooms, creating a portable-only school at the cost of $8 million or switching some schools to a year-round schedule.
"Honestly, I think none of the options are good. We'll definitely be choosing the lesser of evils," said parent Jenny Rash.
"Our biggest concern is splitting up our subdivision. We live in Rhodes Ranch, so they're talking about where our kids would go to different schools when they're really close to each other now," added parent Jason Stump.
The school board is set to discuss and possibly decide on a solution during Wednesday's board meeting. The soonest any changes would be made would be next school year.
Those who attended Monday's meeting were asked to take a survey and rank their preferences for changes in order. You may take the survey online at www.ccsd.net/overcrowding.
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