LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The Clark County School Board will begin tackling a difficult question tomorrow morning.
Should more elementary schools in the valley be converted to year round?
News 3's Denise Rosch takes a look at how overcrowding is driving the controversial idea.
Autumn Leavitt has no trouble listing the positives about her southwest neighborhood.
“We have amazing parks you can tell," she says.
She lives in a family-oriented community with a short commute to work for her husband. The trouble is the area is growing and nearby elementary schools are beyond capacity. Three of them are converting to year-round schedules this year.
“I personally don't like year-round schedule. We're very lucky in Las Vegas and Nevada that there's a lot of schooling options with charter schools and home schooling is pretty easy here,” Leavitt said.
Still, upwards of 312,000 children are enrolled in public school and overcrowding is an issue.
“We have no money to build a new elementary school. I could fill three elementary schools today and have them all be over capacity,” said school board president Carolyn Edwards.
On Wednesday the board will begin discussing solutions. Is the problem solved by re-zoning or will more schools be put on year round? There's also the possibility of another bond issue.
“The next ballot, 2014 already has the education initiative on it. So you have to ask yourself do you put a ballot question on the same time as education initiative or do you wait? Can we wait? That means we wait till '16. I don't know if we can wait,” Edwards said.
Year-round schedules were first introduced in the district in the 1970's. The idea was dropped two years ago when enrollment went down. Now the kids are back.
“We have upwards of 60 elementary schools that are significantly overcrowded. Whether they all meet the trigger for year-round, is another question,” Edwards said.
That is one question that must be answered soon as more families move in, and classrooms feel the squeeze.