Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight D. Jones on Friday named three overcrowded schools that will move to a year-round schedule to alleviate the problem.
Robert L. Forbuss, Carolyn S. Reedom and William V. Wright elementary schools will move to the schedule for the 2013-14 school year beginning in August.
Each school is designed to accommodate approximately 800 students but has ballooned to more than 1,300 students each as housing developments increase in surrounding southwest valley communities.
The move follows a few months of outreach by the school district, including town hall forums and public comment during school board meetings.
"After hearing the concerns of the community and factoring those into our decision, going year-round at Forbuss, Reedom and Wright Elementary Schools is the best solution at the current time," Jones said. "The majority of the parents who spoke out love their schools and want their kids to stay there. This decision also minimizes the impact that future rezoning will have on families throughout the District."
Despite the move, Jones said he doesn't believe the schools will remain on the schedule indefinitely.
"We certainly recognize this is a short-term fix and we look forward to having a conversation with the community on a long-term solution to the growth we are seeing in the Southwest and in other areas around the county, he said."
The Board of School Trustees will take up the rezoning issue during its meeting on March 6.
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