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Clark County School District principals faced with fixing budget shortfall

Posted at 7:55 AM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 11:05:50-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Cristal Boisseau can breathe a sigh of relief after learning Wednesday night that she still has her job. She is the Dean of Students at Shadow Ridge High School.

"This has been an emotional roller coaster summer," Boisseau said. She says months of worry and uncertainty caused her emotional turmoil.

"I have experienced mad, angry, anxiety, depression, sadness, crying spells. As a single mother trying to figure out financially how am I going to be able to afford to live in my home and be able to provide for my children, it's unacceptable," Boisseeau added.

Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara says he reversed the decision because he wants to see schools fully staffed.

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With a $17 million budget shortfall still in place for CCSD, principals are now faced with the task of balancing their budgets in less than a week. They'll have to cut about $100 per student.

In addition to a binding budget, a lawsuit is still looming.

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The union representing deans says it is still suing the district, accusing it of violating pen door meeting laws in June.

"We still have an interest in was there an open meeting law violation. The district has been very unforthcoming with the tape of that meeting. If that tape demonstrates there was no open meeting law violation, they would've released it along time ago," said Stephen Augspurger, Executive Director of the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees.

The deadline for principals to balance their budget is Tuesday. When asked where those budget cuts will come from, CCSD officials did not give any specifics but said they would work with principals and advise them on their options.