Parents Complain About Lack of School Rezoning Information

LAS VEGAS -- Parents of Clark County students are voicing frustrations over the lack of access to information about whether their children's schools could possibly be rezoned due to overcrowding.

Parents are placing the blame the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission or AZAC. A Clark County School District map shows large areas of red, especially in the southwest, that indicate overcrowded schools and the possible need for student rezoning.

Parents say they are not getting the information on school rezoning plans and the impact it could have on their children. More than 100 parents packed into a special meeting Monday at Johnson Middle School in rezoning concerns.

"I think it's taken all the angry parents out there for them to act a little more forthcoming with their information," said Tracy Lloyd, a parent, referring to AZAC.

The zoning advisory commission is responsible for coming up with plans to help ease school overcrowding in Clark County. The commission looks at everything from year-round schools to moving kids to less crowded campuses.

Anthony Bender's two sons may have to be moved from Staton Elementary School next year due to rezoning. He says finding information on what could happen next has not been easy.

"The notices for AZAC meetings are hard to find. The website was non-operative for quite some time," Bender said.

Those who sit on the commission understand the frustration.

"Most definitely, yes, yes," said Albert Delgado, AZAC chairman.

He admits there have been technical problems with the AZAC website, but he says his staff is working on it. Delgado says it's also crucial for parents to show up at their weekly public meetings to hear the latest information and to speak up on their concerns.

"Their silence is an answer, as well, possibly to say what we are doing is fine with them," he said.

That was evident when an 8 News NOW crew attended the zoning meeting last Tuesday and parents showed up.

"There's a good chance they probably don't know what's happening," Bender said.

Something Bender hopes will change as parents learn more about AZAC and what the plans are for Clark County schools. The next AZAC meeting is Nov. 19, Tuesday at 9:30 at the Edward Greer Education Center at 2832 East Flamingo Ave.

AZAC plans to give the latest zoning scenarios to all the principals involved who are expected to be passing that information along to parents.

AZAC is set to release their final proposals for school rezoning in January. The school board will vote on a final plan by March.


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