CCSD budget deficit provokes financial reorganization Teachers will not be laid off

After senior Jessica Diep launches the toy car, she calculates the constant rate of speed with her group members. Because of the recent budget cuts, core classes like physics may not have enough money to invest in additional supplies. “The budget cuts do worry me as classroom necessities must now be limited and teachers must monitor the amount of supplies used,” Diep said. Photo credit: Kenneth Talusan

Because Clark County School District is currently facing an estimated $50 to $60 million deficit, the administration must reorganize school-related finances in order to compensate for the shortage of money. 

“At this moment, I don’t know [how this will affect us in any way], but it shouldn’t impact us too much,” Principal Donna Levy said. “We won’t cut any teaching positions. We’ll always air on the side for keeping teachers and classrooms and that is the number one predictor for student success–good teachers in classrooms.”

As a result, individual schools are responsible for eliminating $17.4 million off their own individual budgets. This has prompted Levy to mention the issue at a meeting with the School Organizational Team (SOT), which is comprised of teachers, parents and staff across the district. These committees exist at each school as part of the district reorganization

“Every school votes on the staff members [on the SOT], and although it is voluntary [to participate], it is an elected position,” English 11 teacher Robert Davis said. “The principal has to present [ideas] to the team about how the budget will be presented and the team helps the principal makes the decision.”

One way that the administration plans to replace some of the cut funds is to gain revenue through the student store; however, that means clubs like National Honors Society or Student Council can no longer fundraise within the student store.

“The money that was generated goes towards student generated funds,” Assistant Principal Trish Taylor said. “Clubs were allowed to work for a month and then the [school] would pay a portion of that profit–which was a fundraiser for them. However, because of the budget, clubs will have to find other ways to fundraise.”

Despite the budget deficit, CTE funding for respective program areas will not be affected. CTE courses receive money from state grants and course fees that students paid in order to get the materials needed.

“We will have to cut back severely on supplies, so things that teachers usually ask for or are given, that has to be considered more carefully and what the budget will be looked at very closely and what the supplies they are using if they can be used differently in order to save money,” Taylor said.

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