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Crowded Schools May Go Year-Round

Las Vegas CBS KXNT- Clark County’s School Board has spent months working its way toward a solution for overcrowding in the elementary schools. Two options are viewed as the most viable.

One is rezoning, which isn’t popular with the families who might end up reassigned. The other is a shift from the traditional nine-month school calendar to a year-round schedule. Listen to school board members converse, and you’ll get the impression that year-round is nearly a certainty in the future.

It’s about stretching the capacity of existing facilities, board president Carolyn Edwards told KXNT on Friday. Building more schools is the best way to expand capacity, Edwards says, but that’s not on the table because there’s no money available to do it.

Superintendent Dwight Jones can authorize changes to the school calendar, and is considering a year-round schedule for up to 11 elementary schools starting next school year.

The rezoning option has been under discussion by the full board, specifically for the crowded schools in the city’s southwest neighborhoods. They’ll take a vote on rezoning at the next board meeting.

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