Is Your Child’s School Going Year-Round?
Earlier this year, Clark County School District announced that a few elementary schools were being switched to a year-round schedule for the 2013-14 academic year. During the recession, all schools were placed on a 9-month schedule in an attempt to save CCSD millions of dollars. Since population growth here in Southern Nevada had stalled due to the economic downturn, the need for year-round schools, whose purpose was to alleviate overcrowding, seemed to be outweighed by cutting costs. Now that the economy has slightly recovered and more people are moving to Las Vegas again, overcrowding in the classrooms has once again become a major issue. As a result, three elementary schools are starting this year on a 12-month schedule. But will it stop at just those three schools? Probably not. So, is your child’s school going year-round?
CCSD is the fifth largest school district in the country. My oldest daughter has grown up in the CCSD school system (she’s now a sophmore in high school) so I’m fully aware of all of the problems this district has. Whether it’s overcrowding, budget deficits, or shortage of teachers, CCSD is always scrambling to find ways to fix one problem or another. It always seems that no matter what that problem is, the solution is rarely a well-received one. Many parents were not happy about the switch from the 9 to the 12-month schedule because who wants to take their kids to school over summer? But rezoning or raising taxes to generate more money for building new schools are possible solutions that are also frowned upon.
What do you think of year-round schools? Is going year-round the best solution to overcrowding in your opinion? Share your thoughts.