ERIC Number: ED484888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Full House: The Las Vegas building boom has stretched the creativity and resources of the fastest-growing school district in the nation. Edutopia, September/October 2004
George Lucas Educational Foundation
This once sleepy community, founded by Mormon missionaries in 1855 and jumpstarted by gambling 85 years later, now gobbles up real estate faster than a conventioneer chowing down at a midnight buffet. Every day of the week, two acres of Las Vegas area land are developed for commercial or residential use in a frenetic drive to accommodate the 50,000 newcomers who pour in each year. These transplants come from all over the world and all walks of life, looking for a fresh start and a chance to cash in on their piece of the American dream: an affordable house, a steady job, and a good school for their kids. The booming economy is good news for Las Vegas and for Nevada, but it creates big challenges for the area?s schools. The Clark County School District, which stretches across 8,000 square miles in southern Nevada, is like no other in the nation. As the fastest-growing school district in the country, it faces the annual challenge of building 12 schools, hiring 2,000 teachers, and accommodating 12,000 new students.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George Lucas Educational Foundation, San Rafael, CA.