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School survey: Don’t cut sports, extracurricular activities

Athletics and extracurricular activities like music and drama were most cited as the programs that need to be preserved in next year’s school budget, according to surveys released today by the Clark County School District.

The public also advocated making cuts in administrative staffing and reorganizing the school system to save money.

The school district is anticipating budget reductions of 14 percent, or $120 million, for the next school year.

But the five different surveys, which were taken at schools, parent meetings, town hall meetings and on the Internet and phone, gave conflicting messages.

Recommended cuts in some surveys also ranked high on other surveys as worthy of preserving.

Block scheduling, for example, is a popular high school program but it does not apply to elementary schools. So that’s probably why it ranked high and low on different lists, officials said.

What should be cut depended on who was asked. “I took the consensus to be to do it to somebody else,” School Board member Ruth Johnson said.

School Board members, who must approve a tentative budget for 2009-10 on Dec. 11, said they will be looking for guidance from next week’s anticipated special session of the Nevada Legislature and Superintendent Walt Rulffes, who will prepare a recommended budget.

 

Contact reporter Jim Haug with further information at jhaug@reviewjournal.com or 702-799-2922.

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