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Even Clark County School District (CCSD) were cutting the budget to eliminate a $68 million deficit, the officials coped together money for a new position focused on keeping the students from leaving the district in favor of charter educational institutions.

About $117,000 was prepared hastily for the new post by making slashes from the deputy superintendent’s office budget, Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said last week when they approved the district’s $2.4 billion operational budget for the fiscal 2019 year.

No one has yet been appointed for the new marketing position. But when it’s occupied, his/her job include slowing the mass departure of students by highlighting positive composition happening in public schools.

Charter school enrollment is skyrocketing at a blistering rate than the state or Clark County district’s public educational institutions. However, the students enrolled at charter schools still account for a small percentage of the total enrollments in the district. The Nevada State Public Charter Authority can’t easily determined how many students from Clark County are enrolling in charters, since a number of the schools accept students from across county borders.

When a pupil or a student leaves the CCSD for a charter school, the state per-pupil endowment and some local inclomes that would have gone to Clark County withdraws as well. The CCSD officials and some trustees have grown largely worried regarding the lost financing and sees the new position as a way to at least alleviate the situation.

“This is a position that is expected to raise money for the district by bringing children back in. It will pay for itself,” Trustee Carolyn Edwards said on Monday. “In essence, it’s not a cut, it’s actually an increase to the budget.” When asked for their side, the school district officials did not respond to inquiries for comment.

Here’s a look at the last five years of charter school enrollments in the State of Nevada:

School YearNo. of Students
2012-1313,934
2013-1415,928
2014-1520,104
2015-1625,748
2016-1730,597

The new position will help targeted public schools that are losing an increasing number of students to charters as well as develop and implement a marketing scheme to highlight programs or opportunities in the school district.

Meanwhile, CCSD staff will be at helm for the execution of the strategy, which may include door-to-door campaigns and flyers, which are common techniques that new charters advertise to families.

But a number of officials in the local charter community find the position being offered by the CCSD as an insult.

“I find it unfortunate that the leaders of the largest school district in the state would spend public funds to attack one form of delivering public education in favor of another. Those dollars should be spent on teachers and students,” said Jason Guinasso, chairman of the Nevada State Public Charter Authority, which approves new charter schools.

Meanwhile, Pat Hickey, executive director of the Charter School Association of Nevada, also echo Guinasso’s statement and said that the new position was a waste of taxpayer money.

The enrollment at charter school is growing at a faster rate than the state or Clark County district’s public schools. Even at that rate, the charter school students still account for a small percentage of the total. The Nevada State Public Charter Authority can’t easily apprise how many students and pupils from Clark County are enrolling in charter educational institutions, since some of the schools accept students across county borders. — TheDistriQ.com

More on Clark County: Follow all of our local news coverage at TheDistriQ.com/local and @TheDistriQ on Twitter.

Contact reporter Sahara Smith at [email protected] Follow @Sahara_Starr on Twitter.


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