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10 more year-round schools open in Clark Co.

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Students listen to a teacher in a Clark County school. (File/FOX5) Students listen to a teacher in a Clark County school. (File/FOX5)
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As the new school year begins so do changes for parents of students at the 10 year-round schools that were added this year in Clark County.

Officials said the additional schools, bringing the total of year-round schools to 13, will allow the district to handle 20 percent more students.

Students at the select schools are divided into five different tracks. When one track is on break, a different track is using their classroom. The students have shorter summer breaks and weeks off scattered throughout the year.

Some parents of the students are not thrilled with the change, saying it makes scheduling family vacations nearly impossible.

"We have older kids in California," said Lonnie Smith, a mother of a student at Reis Elementary School. "They're on nine months. We get them for a couple of weeks in July, [and] a couple in August. [My younger son] will be in school."

Clark County Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky admitted that going year-round is a tough transition, but the district is trying to make it work for everyone.

"We try to ensure our students have siblings in middle school and high school are on track five," said Skorkowsky. "That's the one most closely aligned to the nine-month schedule."

Skorkowsky said there are 4,000 new students in the district this year, and that number is expected to continue growing. He said more year-round schools will likely be added next year.

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