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Parents voice their concerns over overcrowding plans

Reported by: Christine Kim
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Updated: 1/23/2013 7:07 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Overcrowding could force some uncomfortable changes for Clark County students and parents.

Plans under consideration would send at least 2,500 students to different schools from the ones they attend now.

Parents had a chance to voice their opinions Tuesday night at a meeting at Sierra Vista High School for changes coming this fall.

One after another, parents voice their concerns about three school zoning proposals.

Angela O'Grady, who has two boys attending Reedom Elementary, says all three plans would move them to Frias.

“Our house is hundreds of thousands of dollars under water because of the economic crisis, and we fought through to stay there just to keep our kids in that school,” she said. “We don't want them to have to go through switching schools.”

But the School District says southwest elementary schools are seeing an overcrowding problem that they can't ignore. And with more development in the area, officials expect to see the average of 800 new students each year grow even more.

Moving several hundred students from the five most overcrowded elementary schools means shifting at least 2,500 students to around 20 different southwest elementary schools.

Robyn Kline knows her children are caught in that ripple effect. Only one of the proposals would keep her daughters at Forbuss Elementary School.

“The rest of (the plans) will send them over to Steele Elementary, and it's just inconvenient,” she said.

Some of the changes in Proposal One include shifting 516 students from Forbuss elementary to Tanaka Elementary School and an additional 134 students from Forbuss to Steele. That would allow for Wright to send 359 students to Forbuss.

Proposal Two's boundaries for the Rhodes Ranch area are slightly different, but would shift the same total of 650 students from Forbuss to Tanaka and Steele.

Proposal Three would affect 20 elementary schools, including more schools east of i-15: Ries would move 329 students to Hill and Weiner; Hill and Wiener would move 83 to Beatty Elemetary and an additional 85 to Hummel.

The Zoning Advisory Commission will use public input to decide a final recommendation for the board of school trustees next Tuesday.

The board can choose to not take the recommendation, use some of it or approve the proposal as is.
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