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CCSD budget cuts expected to impact special education programs

Posted at 6:25 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 22:15:29-04

The Clark County School District is scrambling to find ways to save money in the face of a growing multi-million dollar deficit. 

On Thursday night, trustees approved more than $43 million worth of cuts to help fix a major deficit. 

The plan recommends cuts in multiple areas including a more than $1.6 million reduction in special education instructional facilitator services at the elementary level. 

Char Frost is a parent of a child with autism. She worries the cuts will make it even more difficult for special education parents to get their kids the help they need. 

"Parents are going to have to be vigilant," she said. 

Layoffs are also possible.

Trustee Kevin Child voted against the budget cuts. He said the deficit is due in part to a lack of state funding. 

"Some of the taxes that Clark County generates, we don't get our fair share back so these are something we need to make sure we talk to our legislative people," Child said. 

During Thursday's meeting, the district's chief financial officer told trustees the deficit could climb to $60 million. More cuts are likely.