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District to cut 200 bus driver positions, change school start times

Updated Friday, April 8, 2011 | 3:22 p.m.

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The Clark County School District will eliminate 200 bus driver positions and change the start time at 139 public schools beginning in August to address $411 million in proposed budget cuts next year.

The changes have been in the works for two years and would save the district $10 million, or the equivalent of 143 teaching positions, CCSD officials announced Friday.

The school district now employs 1,350 bus drivers. Because the school day is being changed, bus drivers will complete more routes during their shift, eliminating the need for 200 drivers, officials said.

CCSD officials said they hope to address most of the cuts through attrition and the 75 bus driver positions currently vacant. No timetable is set for the district to send official notices to bus drivers.

Despite the layoffs, students outside a two-mile walking radius still will quality for bus transportation, officials said. In addition, buses will remain segregated by school levels, meaning students from different levels will not be riding on the same bus.

The school district also announced it is changing the school bell schedule for 139 schools, 70 of which will see a change of more than 30 minutes. Most of the schools are starting later -- although some will start earlier -- with changes ranging from five minutes to 70 minutes. There will be no effect on the amount of instructional time.

“These are very difficult times and everyone must work together and share in the sacrifice as we try to save money,” said Dr. Lauren Kohut-Rost, deputy superintendent of instruction. “Students’ families will have their routines change a bit, and this can be a challenge with siblings of various ages, so we want to give parents plenty of time to start thinking about how they will accommodate the needs of their family.”

Additional minor changes to bell times may still occur, but a complete list of 2011-12 school bell times is available online at Parents may also contact their child’s school for more information.

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  1. NO measure to cut either primary, secondary, or higher education, and therefore the economic engine of this state, would need to be considered if we had a Governor who would be willing to tax the foreign corporations who have made massive profits off of selling pieces of Nevada (gold, silver) outside of the country. WE SUFFER while the rich make more and more money off our suffering. And they pay Brian Sandogibbons off through campaign contributions.

    The Chamber of Commerce, hardly a liberal group, has repeatedly told lawmakers that cutting education will not help the recession-it will extend it and hurt our state's future. BUT THE REPUBLICANS WILL NOT LISTEN. Its time to MAKE them listen. Call your legislator today and DEMAND that they stand for the people of this state and against these foreign mining corporations-they need to pay their fair share. 1-800-978-2878.

  2. No impact on instructional time? That is a flat-out lie. The school I work at is losing 9 minutes a day. While that doesn't sound like a lot, that is 45 minutes a week, and 1,584 minutes (over 26 hours worth) over the course of a school year.

    Sun, do some checking into what the district is telling you. Just by looking at the documents you can prove that instructional time is being reduced.

  3. Not only do the PARENTS need to be prepared, but all the EMPLOYERS here in Las Vegas Valley, need to cooperate in this fiasco. Now, all these folks will need to adjust times to work with what is going on with the school district. Shame on Governor Sandoval and his callous attitude towards the people of Nevada!

    IF the mining, casino, resort, and construction industries did what was RIGHT by the people in the State of Nevada to begin with, we would NOT be having these kind of conversations. Especially the mining, casino, and resort industries, who USED hundreds of thousands of illegal cheap workers, paid next to nothing in taxes, expanded their empires beyond Nevada's borders, and have turned their backs on the people here. Shame, Shame, Shame.

  4. Chunky says:

    While unfortunate, the cuts should not be a surprise. This train has been on the track headed this way for a long time. Save the deranged derailed comments for another day.

    They saved the equivalent of 143 teaching jobs so they say by cutting nine minutes of school per day.

    If that's all we have in the budget, that is all we can afford.

    If the additional nine minutes were so critical to the hearts of educators, you could have either shed the teaching positions or taken an across the board pay decrease.

    Businesses, governments, families and individuals around the country are having to cut hours, income, expenses and learn to do more with less. It sucks but educators are not exempt.

    There are few winners in the current economy but the economy will eventually cycle back up. Until then we have to make do with what we have

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  5. This is about controlling our lives. We have had these school hours for years & this guy comes in & changes everything? SHUT THIS CITY DOWN PEOPLE!

  6. April--see bananaboat's comments above.