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CCSD Wants Community Input on School Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Parents, students, teachers, and other community members are now weighing in on the tough issue of school budget cuts. An online survey will gauge where everyone feels the cuts should or should not be made.

The 16 question survey only takes a few minutes to fill out.  The questions deal with critical issues such as campus security, school transportation, teacher layoffs, and even closing schools.

Strong opinions are pouring in. Some of the questions come as little surprise and garner a mixed reaction. For example,  should sports and extra-curricular activities be eliminated to save a combined $11 million dollars?

"Let the kids be kids; let them have their sports," said one parent.

"Out of everything, maybe it is sports I would cut," said another person.

But other questions like should the bussing of students to schools be eliminated or reduced received a resounding and universal no.

"That definitely has to stay."

"How are they supposed to get to school if their parents work. They would only hurt the parents more by doing that," said one child's grandparent.

"Don't' touch the bussing!"

The idea of eliminating school police also drew a strong response especially from parents with children attending Clark County schools.

"We definitely need to have safe schools."

As for where to cut, some general consensus may also be found in the idea of changing all schools to a 9-month schedule to cut another $18 million dollars.

"If that would save some money than that would seem to be less harmful to the students," said Nikki Dual-Smith, parent of CCSD student.

And what about the school superintendent's idea of shared sacrifice by district employees? 

"There are dozens perhaps hundreds of employees who say they are willing to take some furlough days or some kind of salary adjustment temporarily just to get us through this," said School Superintendent Walt Rulffes, CCSD.

"I know a lot of people who have had to give up their raises this year but they're still happy to have jobs," said Dual-Smith.

Reaction to another important question was split right down the middle and that was whether to increase classroom sizes by just two students in grades one through three?

Whatever your opinions may be the school district wants to hear them. You can access the survey here.