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Students get new crosswalk near Wright Elementary

The walk to school should now be safer for students at Mountain's Edge.

A new crosswalk and flashing lights went up at the busy intersection of Gomer Road and Durango Drive, which is near Wright Elementary School.

The school has 1,100 students and will be put onto a year-round schedule next year. The intersections has not had any serious accidents yet, but County Commissioner Susan Brager says many cars did not know it was a school zone and were not slowing down.

"That they know that we want to make sure we don't have one other incident. We can't have one more fatality. It is just way too important for our youth to be able to know they are safe," Brager said.

A traffic-safety team from the school district will also talk to students and parents at the school about traffic safety.

Seventeen Magnet Schools Recognized by National Group

A national magnet school organization has recognized 17 of the magnet schools in the Clark County School District.

The Magnet Schools of America or MSA recognized the schools for their overall excellence in programs and achievement.

Seven CCSD schools were named a School of Excellence, the highest designation. The schools include:

  • Advanced Technologies Academy
  • Jim Bridger Middle School
  • James Cashman Middle School
  • Ed W. Clark High School
  • Rancho High School
  • Southwest Career and Technical Academy
  • Valley High School.

Ten more schools were given the second highest designation of School of Distinction. Those schools were:

Student Athletes from Gorman High School Announce College Plans

Student Athletes from Gorman High School Announce College Plans

Several high school athletes from Bishop Gorman High School have their futures planned out for the next four years.

The school's student body gathered in the gym Wednesday to recognize 12 Gaels who signed national letters of intent, including one athlete who signed an equestrian letter of intent to Kansas State

No football or basketball players announced signing plans, but six other sports were represented. Emma Kirst is going to the University of Utah to play volleyball.

"Verbally committed in September of last year, but they've been looking at me for two and a half years. I just narrowed it down to Pac 12 schools and I just picked Utah," Kirst said.

Baseball player Cole Krzmarzick is one of two players who decided to play for the Wolf Pack at University of Nevada Reno.

"A lot of relief off our shoulders and just focus on the season. I'm really excited to go play college ball," Krzmarzick said.

Southwest School Zones Topic of Meeting

Southwest School Zones Topic of Meeting

The issue of rezoning several elementary and middle schools in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley will go before the Board of School Trustees' Attendance Zone Advisory Commission Tuesday.

According to the AZAC agenda, members will discuss scenarios for changing attendance boundaries for Alamo, Fine, Frias, Ries and Steele elementary schools. The members may take action on boundary changes.

They will also talk about and possibly take action on changes to attendance boundaries for Canarelli, Faiss, Guinn, Sawyer and Tarkanian middle schools.

Last November, voters in southern Nevada voted down a tax increase that would have paid for building new schools to accommodate the influx of students. The Clark County School District is now struggling to make room for those students by moving attendance zone and changing some schools from nine-month schedules to year-around.

At-Risk Schools Partner with Station Casinos

At-Risk Schools Partner with Station Casinos

School principals from 10 at-risk schools learned Friday they would be getting money from Station Casinos.

For the 13th year in a row, the company is partnering with the schools to provide them $5,000 each, to pay for programs to meet education goals.

The Smart Start school partnership was announced during a special breakfast at Green Valley Ranch Resort. The company also announced that its employees had gathered backpacks, crayons, pencils and other school supplies to give to their designated school.

"When they come to our school, they just don't bring the stuff. They with them energy and love and support. So to me, they're giving these kids hope, because they now know that someone else loves them and cares for them and values them enough to stay in school and get an education," Whitney Elementary School Principal Sherrie Gahn said.

Four Students Receive $5,000 College Scholarships

Four Students Receive $5,000 College Scholarships

Four local students will receive $5,000 college scholarships from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

Information from the organization credits Steve Wynn with making the awards possible. Recipients were chosen based on commitment to education, dedication to community service, and strength of character in overcoming personal obstacles to achieve academic excellence.

The winners are:

Pedestrian Safety Poster Earns Student New Laptop

Pedestrian Safety Poster Earns Student New Laptop

The Safe Community Partnership has named the winner of its 2nd annual Save a Life, Win a MacBook contest.

Jessica Purdy from Boulder City High School submitted the winning drawing that will be featured in bus shelters around the Las Vegas valley. It also earned Jessica a MacBook Pro laptop.

The campaign is aimed at educating both drivers and pedestrians that safety goes both ways.

"I wanted the point of view to be the drivers' point of view, which I thought was the most important part because drivers are the ones that keep the pedestrians safe," Purdy said.

The second place artist was an eighth grade student from Cashman middle school. He took home an iPod. His design will displayed inside of Regional Transportation Commission vehicles.