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July 18, 2019

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CCSD schools cut French and other electives to help bridge budget gap

It’s been a month since Clark County School District announced a $68 million deficit and asked schools to cut $47 million from their budgets (the rest will come from administration). Nevada already lags at the bottom of education rankings, so where will the money come from?

“Each individual school site makes the decision on where they would make adjustments to their budget,” said CCSD spokesperson Mauricio Marin. While this independence allows schools to choose what works best for their specific population, it makes it difficult to pinpoint what exactly is cut.

Teachers and advocates from an unofficial CCSD Facebook group reported that JD Smith Middle School is cutting its library position; J. Harold Brinley Middle School is ending band; Southwest Career and Technical Academy is saying au revoir to French. By press time, the CCSD spokesperson could only confirm that Coronado High School is cutting French (but has “several other foreign language options”), as is Arbor View High School (due to lack of interest, not budget cuts). Expect more clarity to emerge as fall approaches.