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Boulder City ready to fight CCSD over Civil War

Posted at 6:45 PM, Feb 22, 2016
Several people in Boulder City are getting ready for a fight with the Clark County School District.
 
The district is looking at eliminating a Civil War reenactment that's been a beloved tradition there for 30 years.
 
Every spring, the 5th graders of Martha P. King Elementary School line up on the high school football field to act out scenes from the war.
 
"It is a rite of passage," said Billy Rotroff, a one-time participant in the event. "Everyone who goes through the school district will see the older kids going through it, and it's something everyone anticipates."
 
The school district has called a public meeting to discuss getting rid of what some Boulder City people call 'a cultural institution.'
 
In a letter obtained by 13 Action News, Martha P. King's principal writes parents that changes in state curriculum standards are one of the reasons to possibly end the reenactment.
 
The district said in a statement it also may take too much planning.
 
Val Olsen has lived in Boulder City for 15 years, and four of her grandchildren have gone through the program.
 
"It becomes something that everyone comes out for," she said.
 
The community input meeting is Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Martha P. King Elementary School.