CCSD's Opening Day Student Count: 312,000

Over 700 Teacher Vacancies Still Need To Be Filled

Mitch Kelly
August 12, 2019 - 6:37 am

LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT)- After a summer filled with threats of strikes, lawsuits, firings, then re-hirings, the 2019-2020 school year gets underway Monday for the Clark County School District.

More than 312,000 students make up the district, making CCSD the 5th largest district in the country. More than 750 teacher vacancies remain to be filled, a problem the district has been struggling with for years.

As always on Day 1, school speed zones will be closely enforced by police, and security measures at schools will be ratcheted up.

The summer of 2019 has been a rocky one for the school system and its superintendent, Jesus Jara.

Teachers had threatened to walk off the job if they didn't get pay raises promised to them. Those pay raises didn't happen, but the union that represents the teachers called off a strike for now. Union leaders repeated, though, that if those raises don't happen so could a walkout.

Budget deficits led to the temporary firing of middle and high school deans by Jara. Jara then re-hired the deans after protests from the deans' union over how the firings were done, and the threats of a lawsuit regarding the matter. 

Jara then called off the firings and left it to school principals to determine what would be cut from their own individual schools.