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Vegas-area schools to save dean jobs, cut per-pupil spending

July 24, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The superintendent of Las Vegas-area schools has abandoned plans to eliminate 170 campus dean positions districtwide, and will instead require campuses to spend $98 less per pupil.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Clark County School District announced Superintendent Jesus Jara’s decision Wednesday.

Jara drew intense criticism and a lawsuit after announcing six weeks ago that he was cutting jobs of all deans supervising middle and high school teachers and safety.

He said he needed to plug a projected $17 million deficit in the district’s $2.4 billion budget.

The district is among the nation’s largest, with about 320,000 students at 360 schools. Classes resume next month.

A judge is still hearing an employee union lawsuit alleging the dean position cuts decision came during a meeting that violated state open-meetings law.

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

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