Monday, August 24, 2015
School year begins with new and expanded programs

The start of the 2015-16 school year has arrived and there are many new developments for the Clark County School District (CCSD) since last year.

By Count Day on Sept. 18, the district expects to have an estimated 323,000 students, which will easily surpass last year’s all-time high of 318,040. Some help is on the way as the Nevada Legislature extended the district bonding capacity so new schools can be built.

New schools – CCSD is in the process of preparing seven new construction sites for schools that will open in the fall of 2017. The district is also in the process of having replacement schools for Lincoln and Rex Bell Elementary Schools as well as placing additions onto several existing schools. Even when the new schools and additions are completed, the school district will continue to have many overcrowded schools.

Zoom Schools – Based on encouraging results, the Zoom School program has been expanded to 29 schools for the 2015-16 school year. For the first time, the program has been expanded to include two middle schools and one high school.

Victory Schools – In an effort to provide greater assistance to the district’s lowest income and lowest performing schools, CCSD will have 22 Victory Schools this year. These schools will be provided additional tools and wraparound services to help students keep from falling behind.

Year-round schools – Due to the increasing student population, the number of year-round schools the district has will increase to 22 for the 2015-16 school year.

Magnet and Career and Technical Academies (CTA) – To provide parents and students with additional choices, CCSD has expanded its Magnet and CTA programs in seven more schools to open up about 4,800 more seats in these popular programs.

New programs – CCSD schools will benefit from the new Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) program that focuses on providing opportunities for parents to get involved in their child’s education. The establishment of the Breakfast After the Bell program will also seek to improve student achievement through better nutrition. This program will allow students at schools with 70 percent or high Free and Reduced Lunch qualified to have breakfast after the bell rings. In the classroom, CCSD is receiving dedicated funds from the state to implement additional literacy programs to ensure students don’t fall behind and are proficient in reading and writing by the time they begin fourth grade.

Bullying – The CCSD Board of School Trustees adopted anti-bullying policies and procedures that will allow the district to be more proactive in handling and reporting bullying cases. Parents will receive notifications and work closely with schools to make sure they are informed of incidents.