Three hours of heated debate and the Clark County School Board still has no answer to the major overcrowding of classrooms in the southwest valley. The board is narrowing its options as frustrated parents wait for a solution.
Portable classrooms, rezoning throughout the district and a year-round calendar could be quick fixes to solving overcrowding in the southwest valley.
"I think they are the most cost-effective but they all involve disruption to families," said Carolyn Edwards, who is the newly-elected school board president. "That's the price you pay."
Edwards says drastic measures may be all that are left after voters killed a proposal to fund new schools with a property tax increase.
"We will work with what we have and figure out how we can solve this problem," said Edwards. "It's not optimal. If question two had passed we would be having a different discussion today, but it did not."
Right now three schools in Edwards' district are trying to find room for 1,200 students when they're built to handle 750 students.
Surveys found portable classrooms are the most popular solution for the district. Parent David Gomez has a problem with the idea.
"I have one child who has a class in a portable," said Gomez. "He's an elementary student. He's subject to the abuse of the sun heating up the railing system. He gets first- and second-degree burns on his hands."
Gomez said Band-Aid solutions will set a bad precedent and worsen the quality of education.
"This side of town agrees with it," said Gomez. "Then it's not a big deal on this side and all we have to do is Band-Aid this for a long time before it becomes a safety hazard. They aren't doing their due diligence to research everything they have to."
Gomez would like the board to consider leasing or renting buildings. The board is also looking into building portable schools at a later time.
The board will have two more public meetings to hear from the schools that will be affected and get their input about these solutions.
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