CCSD budget shortfall: 120 bus driving positions could be cut

LAS VEGAS - Millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs are on the chopping block for the Clark County School District as it deals with a $60 million budget shortfall.  CCSD's Board of Trustees will vote on the cuts on Thursday night, and more than $25 million in jobs and services could be lost.

A place the district is expected to make major cuts is in transportation.

"The cuts are just... I'm still in shock," said Virginia Mills, ESEA.

Mills, the president of the union representing Clark County Schools' support staff, says she's seen enough.

"There's 12,000.  Well, at the rate they're going, it'll be down to 10,000 or less," Mills said.

On Thursday night, trustees will discuss a budget reduction plan that would eliminate 120 full-time bus drivers.

It would also change which students get a bus ride to school.  In the past, if a high school student was two miles from school, they could take the bus.

The new plan makes it three miles.

"Now, they're being left to leave the home and walk to school.  That is a tremendous safety issue," Mills said.

District officials say the bus staff and service changes equal $2.1 million in savings.  It's one of two major cuts being considered, along with reductions in special education.

CCSD says it's an unfortunate, but necessary move.  The district has 1,400 fewer students than expected. Fewer students mean less funding from the state.

Mills believes the entire valley needs to come together and decide what kind of education it wants children to have.

"To just cavalierly say, 'well, we need to cut services;' well, services equal people, and when you take people away, it impacts the students," said Mills. 

 


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