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November 20, 2018

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School sites get panel’s OK

Clark County School District projections pinpoint the southwest portion of the Las Vegas Valley as being in the greatest need for new schools.

The Bond Oversight Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a recommendation by the district for one elementary school, one middle school and a high school in the area north of Sunset Road and west of Buffalo Drive in the southwest.

The committee also approved a recommendation for an elementary school in the southeast area in the vicinity of Gibson and Sunset roads; one in the east-central area of town near East Charleston and Lamb boulevards; and one in the northwest section of town north of U.S. 95 and Ann Road.

All schools are part of the $647 million 1996 school bond. The elementary and middle schools are set to open for the start of the 1999-2000 school year, and the high school is slated to open at the start of the 2000-2001 school year.

The recommendations will be forwarded to the Clark County School Board to vote on next Thursday.

"We're going to ask the School Board to ratify this in one single meeting," Superintendent Brian Cram said. "We're out talking this up as much as we can to help the (construction) timeline along."

Construction on 1994 bond-funded schools set to open before the start of this school year still is lagging.

Jim Clark, program manager for Parsons-Fleming-Taylor, the construction management firm overseeing school construction, told the oversight panel there were schedule concerns for 12 schools under construction.

Half the schools -- Bonner Elementary School, Sawyer Middle School, West Middle School, Lied Middle School, Mojave High School and Palo Verde High School -- are projected to be completed in time for the start of school on Aug. 25.

The other six will force double sessions with host schools until their campuses are completed. The affected new schools are:

Bowler Elementary School in Bunkerville, which should open by Jan. 5; Rhodes Elementary School, set to open Dec. 1; Guy Elementary School, set to open Oct. 13; Cartwright Elementary School, set to open Oct. 6; Morrow Elementary School, set to open Nov. 12, and Keller Middle School, set to open Sept. 22.

Clark also said there were problems with schedules on five of 20 modernization projects, including Burkholder, Cashman and Gibson middle schools and Pittman and Ronzone elementary schools.