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November Ballot Question Could Lead To New Schools

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CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones (courtesy KXNT/Smith)

CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones (courtesy KXNT/Smith)

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(Las Vegas, NV) — The Clark County School District has been through some tough times since the Great Recession began five years ago.

Cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget, increasing class-sizes and the decision to wait to build new schools are just some of the problems.

However, the Board of Trustees has given the approval for a ballot question to be placed on the November ballot asking property owners to accept a tax hike for the next six years. In turn, there will be two new schools built according to CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones.

“Rex Bell Elementary and Lincoln Elementary will be the replacement schools. The kids deserve to have a state-of-the-art school and we want to make sure that happens.”

A home of assessed value of $100 thousand would equal an increase of about $72 a year for property owners.

The increase would raise $669 million to fund high-need school maintenance and renovation projects to 42 other schools that are on the list for improvements.

CCSD Board of Trustees President Linda Young told KXNT how the project would work, if approved.  “It will allow the funds to go directly to projects without incurring debt or long-term commitment. The funds would be used as they accumulate during the six-year period.

Rex Bell and Lincoln were chosen through a monetary process according to Asst. Superintendent Paul Paul Gerner. “The facilities condition index tells you were to look and  allows you to make sensible decisions. It also takes the politics  out of it and turns it into a numbers-driven system. But it will never take away the factor of judgment.”

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