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November 20, 2017

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Del Sol, Valley high schools could get ‘turnaround’ status if funding OK’d

The Clark County School District has applied for $4 million in federal grants to convert two more Las Vegas high schools into “turnaround” campuses.

If the School District receives the School Improvement Grant funding, Del Sol and Valley high schools will undergo a three-year “turnaround” process.

As part of the “turnaround,” Del Sol and Valley will have new principals, who will be allowed to bring in several new administrators to change the campus culture.

The schools will provide additional professional development for teachers and give them an opportunity to earn bonuses for increasing student test scores. In addition, the school day will be elongated.

The grant money also will allow schools to purchase additional tutoring sessions and educational materials, including 36 laptops and iPad tablet computers.

If these schools receive federal funding, they would be required to demonstrate sufficient improvement on state standardized tests and graduation rates. In 2013, Del Sol and Valley’s graduation rates were 59 percent.

If approved, Del Sol and Valley will join turnaround high schools Canyon Springs, Chaparral, Cimarron-Memorial, Mojave, Sunrise Mountain and Western.

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