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Parents Address Concerns on Overcrowded Classrooms
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LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District is facing a big issue on overcrowded classrooms in the northwest valley. Several proposals are on the table that will affect hundreds of students and families next school year, according to district officials.

It's the perennial problem for Clark County schools as it's another year of shuffling students to ease massive overcrowding that's frustrated parents.

Concerned parents packed another town hall meeting Wednesday night to address the Attendance Zone Advisory Committee on several issues of overcrowding. The committee listened for more than two hours to parents who were worried about where their kids will go to school.

Kelly Griml is a parent of two Clark County students and said the root of the problem goes back to money.

"We're not getting a vote, we're just getting a say and this is just a short-term solution, "Griml said. "The only way is new schools, the building of new schools, and I think the rehabilitation of our older schools in our county is funded, is the passage of a bond, a large chunk of money."

The most recent bond was shot down by voters in 2012 with no additional money translating into no new schools.

"It's almost like waiting for a unicorn to have this money appear and even if the money is passed, the bond is passed, there's no guarantee that it's going to go to a school in the west," Griml said.

According to school officials, the short-term solution is to look at several proposals that would move kids around to fill vacant seats at other schools. Parents prefer proposals that would affect fewer schools, which in the end would affect less students and parents in the Summerlin area.

"Changing schools is not right because we have younger siblings that are going to follow in our family footsteps," parent Dezeray Sauder said.

Some students will change schools next year, until more schools can be built, according to several parents attending the meeting.

The last time a bond was passed by voters to build new schools was 16 years ago. Since then the valley's population has grown significantly. The school board will make their decision on the rezoning by the end of February.

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