Vegas-Area School Trustees Pass Slashed Budget

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Clark County school trustees approved a tentative $1.8 billion budget for the upcoming year that cuts almost 19 percent from current levels.

Among $338 million in cuts in the budget approved Wednesday, the
Las Vegas-area district would halve textbook and supply budgets,
eliminate more than 1,800 jobs and slice 20 percent from
administrative budgets.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that employees would be asked to pay 20 percent of health insurance costs.

Officials call the budget preliminary, since the cash-strapped Nevada Legislature hasn't set state school funding levels.

The Clark County School District is the fifth-largest in the nation, with almost 310,000 students and 18,000 licensed teachers at more than 350 campuses.

Its budget has declined from almost $2.25 billion in 2008-09 to a little over $2.1 billion last year.

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