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School board takes on the issue of overcrowding

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 9/04/2013 9:17 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- There are too many kids and not enough space in our schools. That's the problem facing the Clark County School District as they deal with severe overcrowding.

The issue of overcrowding is not a simple one and today the school board is just beginning this conversation of possibly moving more elementary schools to a year round schedule.

We checked in at Lake Elementary today. Current enrollment is 1,029 for a school designed for about 600. That means cramped classrooms, lunches, even the playground.

As of today, 65 elementary schools are on a year round watch list. Meaning, they could switch over but so we’re clear. No decisions are being made yet.

The board also wants to take a look at if or where re-zoning might alleviate crowded schools. Either way it is a hot button topic for parents.

“As a parent where we're rezoned matters, the quality of the school and year-round it doesn't benefit all students,” said parent Stacy Straus.

“Many members of the community don't realize it's not as easy as moving one neighborhood, big obstacles , one in the southwest is railroad tracks we have to work around,” said CCSD trustee Deanna Wright.

At Lake, there are 21 portables and six lunch periods. This is just one snapshot of how the district is juggling overcrowded schools.

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