School District Reveals Results From Public Survey

LAS VEGAS - At a special Clark County School Board meeting Thursday night, trustees heard what the public would cut from the Clark County School District's budget.

"It actually physically makes me nauseous to think about some of these decisions we're going to have to make," said School Board Trustee Deanna Wright.

Nearly 13,000 people responded to CCSD's budget survey. The district received a clear answer on which programs should not be on the chopping block.

Read the Results from the Survey and E-Mail Comments

According to the survey, the public wants to protect athletics, activities, textbook and school supply budgets, special education facilitators, and librarians.

To save money, respondents suggested increasing each class size by three students, reducing transportation, slashing salaries by two percent, cutting administration by nine percent and going to a four-day week.

"In my experience, central office is always first on the list to be cut, and we need to really pay attention to that," Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones said.

In a surprise move, School Board President Carolyn Edwards threw out one suggestion, which illustrated her frustration with the process.

"I think we need to have a conversation about suing the state for not fulfilling its duties," she said. "I think the state is totally out of line."

Edwards says Nevada is not adequately funding education, and she says she believes the state is violating its own Constitution.

"I think it's time for us to say enough is enough. Let's have a real serious conversation about how you are going to step up to the plate to fund education," she said.

The district has already cut $375 million from its budget during the last three years. Another $400 million could be eliminated this round, leading to potential cuts to jobs and/or core programs.

The school district is scheduled to present its budget options next week.


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