- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada legislative panel approved a plan to reorganize the nation’s fifth-largest school district.

Nine lawmakers unanimously voted Friday for the plan to overhaul Clark County School District as well as the plan’s draft regulations, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/29dNWYX).

The plan would create individual precincts at all 357 schools. Principals would have more control over budgets and staffing.

There will be six meetings scheduled for the public to weigh in on the proposal.

Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky and a consultant will hammer out details of the plan over the next few months. Michael Strembitsky, a Canadian educator, earns a $150,000 consulting fee for coming up with the overhaul plan.

Everyone in the district will have to learn a new way of doing things, Strembitsky said. “It’ll be the Clark County way,” he said.

Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill into law last year that called for studying the possibility of breaking up the Clark County School District by the 2018-19 school year. But district officials are pushing to have the reorganization done by August 2017. Accomplishing it on that deadline will cost significantly more, though operating 357 schools as independent precincts will be fiscally neutral, Strembitsky said.

Skorkowsky told lawmakers the district can pay for the reorganization until February 2017, which is when the Legislature returns.

The panel appointed Mojave High School Principal Anthony Rael to serve on a Technical Advisory Committee for the reorganization after two principals expressed concern about having input on the plan.

Supporters of the reorganization say it will increase local control of schools, but detractors say it could negatively impact minority neighborhoods.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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