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Millions of more dollars cut from Las Vegas schools

$25 million cut from CCSD budget
Posted at 6:00 PM, Dec 01, 2017
and last updated 2018-11-21 16:56:37-05

Millions of additional dollars were just cut from Clark County schools amid the ongoing budget crisis.

Thursday night, the Board of School Trustees took another chunk out of school spending to make up for the District's $60 million shortfall. 

The District says they must, in part, make up for nearly $8 million in state funding, which was lost when 1,400 students moved to charter schools.  

The board approved several ideas to cut $25 million:

  • Lowering the ending-fund balance from 1.75 to .78 percent saving $22.5 million.
  • Reducing the Extended School Year Autism (KIDS) Program from 30 days to 20: $1.5 million cut. 
  • One school associate superintendent position eliminated and voluntary 1-day furloughs for administrators: $775,000 saved. 
  • Nonessential travel funds frozen: $683,641 saved. 

There was concern that a number special education teachers could lose their jobs, but the trustees did not approve those cuts. 

The Clark County School District spends just over $8,000 per student. That's the least amount of per-pupil spending among the nation's five largest school districts. Trustee Kevin Child says that's not acceptable, and state lawmakers need to approve more money for education. 

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