Exploring the Nevada School District Dismantling Initiative

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HENDERSON, Nev. (KTNV) – Should the Clark County School District break up into smaller districts? This is a question that has been asked over the years.

Now, a Henderson councilman and political action committee are leading the campaign to allow communities across the state to decide whether they want to split off from a larger district and create their own.

Justin Weathersbee has no doubt that his two sons Gavin and Ethan are receiving an excellent education at Lamping Elementary School in Henderson. As chairman of the school’s PTA, he says the school administration has a great relationship with parents.

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“They’re very open to parents being in class and helping out and everything,” he said.

Weathersbee is pleased with schools in the Henderson area. A push from the Community Schools Initiative political action committee would allow towns like Henderson to create their own independent school district — in this case, a break from the CCSD. The PAC, which is led by Henderson City Council member Dan Stewart, says it gives cities and communities back the power to make decisions based on the size of their area.

He says he doesn’t mind seeing more localized control for city schools, as different communities in Clark County have their own issues.

“All schools have their different needs for different things for what they do,” Weathersbee said.

But he prefers to see it as a city-wide sub-district that still reports to the SDCC. He worries that the Henderson schools are not getting enough funding on their own.

“Where would that funding come from, just taxes or the state? How would the state break it down in terms of county and city? ” He asked.

Ultimately, Weathersbee would like to see all schools in Clark County provide the same education his children receive at Lamping Elementary.

“All children need the same basic education that they all need, so the funding should always be there,” he said.

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