More overcrowded schools could move to year-round schedule
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
It's just the second week of the school year and already the Clark County School District is in crisis mode.
Classrooms are so overcrowded that thousands of students could be forced into a year-round schedule. That's one of several remedies being considered.
Robert Lake Elementary currently has more than 1,000 students enrolled. It's equipped to handle 600. Younger students are packed into portable classrooms. Many classes have as many as 30 students.
"The school year is so disjointed. It's not academically beneficial to our children," said parent Stacy Straus.
Straus has a student at Givens Elementary. The school went to a year-round schedule a few years back. Straus isn't thrilled with the idea of it returning, saying different tracks put children at a disadvantage.
"Out of five tracks, two may be desirable," she said.
Straus believes rezoning would be a better option to alleviate overcrowding, an option Clark County School District Board President Carolyn Edwards said is being considered.
"It's an [alternative] to building new schools. We have no money. We have no money to build new schools," Edwards said.
A bond measure which could have funded the construction of additional schools failed recently.
Already, three schools in the southwest part of the school district have moved to a year-round schedule.
"To help the whole atmosphere of this school, it can be advantageous - [fewer] students. But the issue is some staff aren't on campus, so we have a disjoint right there," said Lake Elementary Principal Larry McHargue.
It costs approximately $300,000 to convert a school to a year-round schedule. The school district is already notifying 65 schools on a watch list about the chance of conversion. The district is seeking feedback from parents.
The school district has also tasked a committee with looking at rezoning areas where schools are either underused or overcrowded.
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