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CCSD sets enrollment record amid overcrowding woes

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It's a record, but a record that shines a light on an ongoing problem in the Clark County School District.

The district on Friday announced it has set an all-time enrollment record with 314,000 students. The latest figure beats the previous record of 313,000 students, set less than a week ago.

The enrollment record comes as the school district struggles with severe overcrowding.

Robert Lake Elementary, for instance, 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.

Solutions for alleviating the problem include moving more schools to a year-round schedule and rezoning.

"The news that we have reached record levels of enrollment twice in one week underscores the Clark County School Board's desire to have an honest conversation with the community about the difficult issues," said School Board President Carolyn Edwards. "With no funding for capital projects, we must keep all options on the table, including a massive rezoning effort or converting overcrowded schools to year-round schedules."

The school district anticipates further growth in the coming years, especially at the elementary level, which is already 14 percent over capacity.

Clark County School District is the fifth largest in the county. It covers more than 7,900 square miles and is home to 357 schools. Since the 2000-2001 school year, it has added more than 82,000 students.

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