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District eyes extra support for schools formerly run by Edison

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Leila Navidi

Kindergarten students line up for lunch at Elizondo Elementary School in North Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.

The Clark County School District is considering spending $638,000 to provide additional services to its seven elementary schools serving mostly minority students.

Earlier this year, the School District severed its ties with for-profit education management company CatapultLearning, which operated seven Edison schools in Las Vegas. District officials said they were not seeing enough “return on investment” after spending $103 million over 13 years on the privately managed schools.

Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky on Thursday presented a transition plan for the seven Edison schools: Cahlan, Crestwood, Elizondo, Lincoln, Lynch, Park and Ronnow. Skorkowsky pledged to provide additional support to these schools, including 19 extra minutes in the school day and funding for professional development and collaboration.

In addition, the School District plans to purchase the Evaluate Learning program from CatapultLearning, a monthly benchmark test to prepare students for their standardized exams. That program will be expanded to some of the "turnaround" elementary schools and Walker Elementary School in Henderson.

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