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CCSD trustees vote to cut $69 million in funding as part of new budget

Clark County School Board of Trustees approves budget which includes $68 million in cuts. (Nathan O'Neal | KSNV)

The country’s fifth-largest school district voted Monday to cut a whopping $69 million in funding as part of its new budget.

Most of those funding cuts would target schools within the Clark County School District itself, likely resulting in fewer teachers and more students packed into classrooms.

On Monday, parents and teachers asked the CCSD Board of Trustees to “cut elsewhere” and to “vote for the students” when considering the budget.

Trustees voted 5-2 in favor of the budget, which would directly affect teachers like Robert McGoldrick .

“They’re going to be looking at 30 to 40 to 50 kids in a classroom ... you can’t effectively teach a curriculum when you have that many kids in one class,” said McGoldrick.

CCSD Trustees said the problem stems from Nevada’s funding formula.

However, some parents are still outraged since schools still haven’t felt the benefit from Nevada’s new marijuana industry and the tax revenue promised to education.

“We were deceived and our children have been robbed. That money is being held hostage,” said one parent who spoke at the Board of Trustees meeting.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has waved off calls for a special legislative session to remedy the issue concerning marijuana money for education.

CCSD Trustee Kevin Child said this is an issue that can not wait.

“I’m hoping that [Sandoval] might want to look at that special session — and I know he threatened us with making our jobs appointed — which I think would be a big mistake — but I think that’s a bully move. It’s about our students, our community ... because I don’t want to see anybody lose their job over a budget cut,” said Child.

CCSD has been forced to cut more than $771 million over the past 10 years.

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