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CCSD overcrowding, portables remain for another school year

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Portables are in place outside of Wright Elementary School. (FOX5) Portables are in place outside of Wright Elementary School. (FOX5)

In what has become the norm for the past several years, Clark County School District began the school year with a lot of kids but not a lot of space to place them.

Making a return appearance, portable classrooms were used to begin the school year. Those outdoor-accessible buildings are prominent at William V. Wright Elementary School, which is being seen as one of CCSD's most overcrowded schools.

Nicole Gladish, who is entering her third year teaching at Wright Elementary, is teaching her students in a portable classroom, which serves as a short-term solution to a long-term overcrowding problem. 

Throughout her time at Wright, Gladish has taught inside the portables.

"One of the hardest parts of being in the portable is not having access to all the technology inside," Gladish expressed. "You have to walk in there. But if you're in one of the pods, you can easily send out kids to do Vmath, whereas here, we don't have that opportunity."

In all, there are 28 portable classrooms at Wright, which also boasts a portable cafeteria and portable bathrooms.

For a school that was built to hold 750 students, there are nearly 1,300.

Despite the ongoing issue, the district promises a solution on the horizon for teachers. A new elementary school is being planned just three miles away from Wright, which would reduce the number of students at the school located near Durango Drive and Blue Diamond Road.

CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky expects the new school to open in 2019.

Overall, CCSD wants to get portables out of every elementary school. Unfortunately, the district does not believe it will be rid of portables at the middle and high school levels any time soon.

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