(Las Vegas, NV) — The 2013-14 school year could see a record number of teachers at the Clark County School District.
The changes will bring down class sizes across the district, which now range from 20 in first to third grades, 33 in fourth and fifth and 34-35 in subsequent grades through high school.
One month ago an arbitrator ruled in favor of the school district over the Clark County Education Association, which in turn saved the district nearly $39 million. The money saved is earmarked for the hiring of new teachers at all levels. The district will focus on those teachers who specialize in math and science, technology and special education.
Overall, the district plans to hire 2,000 teachers, which would bring the total to a near record of 19,000.
After the recession, hundreds of millions were cut from the district’s budget, resulting in layoffs and elimination of programs.
A salary freeze was requested by Superintendent Jones, but CCEA balked and the two sides entered into arbitration for the first of two rulings.
The arbitrator ruled in favor of the CCEA and over 1,000 positions were not replaced.
However, just over a month ago, it was the district coming out on top and teacher salaries were cut in an effort to balance the budget.
The Nevada Legislature does not fund education until the end of the session after the Economic Forum has forecasted the revenue the state will have.