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January 26, 2015

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CCSD actually donated $5 million

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David Pisetzner’s letter regarding the generosity of the Clark County School District requires a $4 million correction.

CCSD did not contribute just $1 million of taxpayer money to the Smith Center. It contributed $5 million.

And of course, in providing this gift, CCSD noted that it “did it for the children.”

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  1. Have you examined the terms and conditions of the donation agreement between CCSD and the Smith Center, Mr. Soloway? It provides students to access and use of a world-class facility that CCSD could not have built on its own. In a city which depends so heavily on the performing arts CCSD's forward thinking in securing this agreement should be lauded rather than criticized. Our students get to work with first class facilities, with first class technical and performing personnel, production and directing personnel, all in a real-world setting. CCSD makes mistakes.....this is not one!

  2. Pat, you're 110 percent correct. The financial arrangement between CCSD and the Smith Center is a win-win. It is a classic example of a public-private educational and cultural partnership. I opine more CCSD funds will be invested in the future, as well they should. It's an investment in education now and in the future for Nevadan students.

    Carmine D

  3. Knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing will not educate our children. Kudos to wharfrat and CarmineD for setting the record straight.

  4. What, exactly, does "World Class" mean? Everything is "World Class" or "Super," nowadays. The public school system is out of control and has been increasingly so for the past 6 decades. "Education" seems to be a secondary pursuit for those in charge; more important is the "politically correct" apcray foisted upon the students. A prime example has just surfaced in the school district where I was educated as a youngster - the Milwaukee Public School system. The school principal and the nuts who pass themselves off as "teachers" decided to have a "gender-bender" day whereby the boys would dress as girls and the girls as boys. How delighful! That's a priority with many of the loons now in charge of what goes on in schools. Indoctrinate rather than educate. Hey, folks! It's "Your tax dollars at work," Aren't you proud? Rightfully, when I attended school in Milwaukee, we had no such days. Somehow, we missed out on all the fun but did learn to read, write, add, subtract, divide & multiply, among other important things. Little wonder today's high school graduates need "remedial" training after "graduating." It's a disgrace perpetuated by "progressives" and their fellow travelers to keep 'em dumb as dirt and voting Dumbocratic!

  5. Our Nevada public school system faces the mass flood of families coming from a country that is bottom of the WORLD's list for education in math and science. When you have such illiteracy overcoming our educational services, what kind of results do you expect?

    You cannot just try and educate the young student, you must also educate their parental adults. Otherwise, we will continue to see the struggling results that have plagued our public educational system here in Nevada, as well as other states in our nation.

    Blessings and Peace,

  6. Pat Hayes,

    Well stated, and after giving it some thought, I concur.