City of Mesquite plans to file lawsuit against CCSD over lack of funds

LAS VEGAS - The Clark County School District is facing a $50 million to $60 million budget shortfall, but on top of the deficit, CCSD could also face legal issues.

On Thursday morning, the City of Mesquite revealed that it plans to file a lawsuit against the district next Tuesday.

It's a decision Mesquite's City Attorney Bob Sweetin says wasn't an easy one.

"We don't want to sue the school district," Sweetin said. "We don't want to take money from schools or students."

But according to Sweetin, it's the only way the city will be able to get funding for schools in Mesquite.

"We haven't even gotten the amount we're supposed to get based on our 2016-2017 numbers, and we've asked the district since February to provide it, it's fallen on deaf ears," said Sweetin.

Sweetin says the straw that broke the camel's back was the start of the academic school year

"Right now we have a reading program at our elementary school that they may lose," Sweetin said.  "In addition, we've lost several teachers in the community. Right now, we have extremely overcrowded kindergarten classrooms.

As the chair of CCSD's Reorganization Advisory Committee, State Senator Michael Roberson lent a sympathetic ear before demanding an explanation from CCSD's Chief Academic Officer Dr. Mike Barton.

"We need a response on Monday, Sept. 18," Dr. Barton said. "We will have a response on Monday then.

The City of Mesquite is now pushing their plans to file the lawsuit between Monday and Tuesday.  Sweetin says the exchange left him 'hopeful.'

"The historic lack of responsiveness by the school district bureaucracy to the community, we've all heard it from our constituents," Robberson said.

It's another reminder for why CCSD reorganized in the first place.
 


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