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September 2, 2014

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Build up, not out, to fix overcrowded schools

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Once again, we have overcrowded schools, and one suggested solution is to build portable units. I agree with this if it doesn’t also include buying more land. If it does, why not add a second story to the existing buildings?

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  1. It sounds good in theory. But in reality many of these schools are old. I opine they won't pass current building structure codes for on top building expansion. Not without incurring severe additional costs to make them worthy to be able to do so.

    CarmineD

  2. I don't understand the stigma of adding portable classrooms to handle overcrowding. They don't consume any new real estate and don't require a complete new set of school administrators as a new location would. I can't imagine that these have a significant effect on the learning experience. What's the big deal?

  3. Poor facilities decisions, refusal to release data from certain low performing schools, abysmal employee relations, generally poor outcomes....just what does it take for the The Sun to investigate governance and administration of CCSD?

  4. Here is a suggestion, from a woman who has those in the engineering and heavy construction industries: build those multi-story buildings on property where you would place portable classrooms. It CAN be done, with less financial impact than building new school locations.

    The difference in portable classrooms only has to do with experiencing the wiles of the weather when traversing to and from the main building...that's it. Nothing is lost as far as delivery of education, nor academic performance of students. Writer Kipp Altemara is on to something here, it's a viable idea, just do it where you would place portables.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  5. Motorsports: At 7:41am you commented "@Carmine you can opine all you want but your opinions (especially in this case) simply aren't backed up by any fact. A simple records search proves that 55% of the school buildings in Clark County meet all necessary codes for expansion up."

    Carmine was clearly offering an opinion . As such it's not appropriate to ask for his sources. You, on the other hand, offer what what purport to be the facts. It is quite proper to ask for specific sources supporting any facts presented.

    I did a Google search to include all of the terms "Clark County", "School Buildings", "Expansion", and "55%". Zero hits. I then deleted "55%" and added "Code". Zero hits. Finally I deleted "Code" and added "Nevada" and "Second Story". Yet again zero hits.

    Please post your sources. Where did you find that 55%? Where are the other 45% of building located? What levels of school did your search cover? Elementary? Middle? High? College? What specific codes did you review? Fire safety? Engineering? Seismic? Construction?

  6. Productive Americans have been moving out of Nevada for a few years now, looking for jobs elsewhere. IF K-12 has any increased enrollment, even pockets of increased enrollment, it would be people moving into Nevada--illegal invaders displaced from Arizona and elsewhere. This is not something we want to encourage. CCSD sure should be able to rezone a little. Or are we just gearing up to SELL THE PUBLIC ANOTHER BOND ISSUE?

  7. Jim 5:39: If they work with Portable Class rooms, they can't sell us another bond issue right away.