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12 CCSD schools benefiting from emergency construction bill

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District will get 12 new elementary schools under a new law that allows the construction to begin immediately.

Surrounded by fifth-graders, Governor Brian Sandoval signed the emergency bill extending bonds for school construction.

The Senate moved an emergency version of the bill out on Tuesday, and the Assembly voted 27-14 on Wednesday to approve the measure and send it to the governor.

One of the CCSD schools that will benefit from the 1998 bond rollover is Forbuss Elementary.

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"We are one of the most overcrowded schools," said Shawn Paquett, principal at Forbuss Elementary. “We're enrolling, on average, about 10 students per week."

The principal is glad his school will see some relief within the next 2-3 years. That's how long officials say it will take to build the new campus.

"When the new school opens, I am hoping we can go back to a traditional schedule as opposed to a hybrid schedule that we've had to build to accommodate the growth,” said Paquett.

The signing of the bill came after weeks of contentious partisan debate over similar legislation that extended school bonds and cut prevailing-wage measures for school construction.