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Nev. Board of Education unanimously approves reorganization plan

The Nevada Board of Education has voted unanimously in favor of a dramatic plan to shift the balance of power from a central office to the more than 300 schools in the Clark County School District.

Proponents of the reorganization plan approved Thursday say it's important for Nevada to act boldly, arguing the status quo hasn't improved the state's bottom-ranking public school system.

The plan fine-tuned over the past 14 months calls for an "empowerment" model that gives principals and their volunteer boards control over about 80 percent of the money flowing to their schools.

Critics scrutinized the details of the plan, asking whether it will distribute resources equitably. A panel of 12 legislators still must approve the final regulations that passed Thursday. That vote is expected on Sept. 9... Read More

Woman found dead in house fire died prior to fire

The woman whose body was found following a house fire on Boston Avenue Monday morning suffered blunt force trauma and was dead prior to the fire, Metro Police said.

Clark County Fire Department responded to the fire around 4 a.m. and discovered the body in the vacant home after the fire was extinguished.

Initially, Clark County Fire reported the deceased person was a man, but according to the Clark County Coroner's Officer the person has been identified as 54-year-old Carol Lopez of Las Vegas.

Metro is investigating the death as a homicide.

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at 702-828-3521, or by email at homicide@lvmpd.com. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com, or text CRIMENV plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES). ... Read More

Advisory Committee approves preliminary reorganization plan, 27 revisions for CCSD

The Advisory Committee unanimously approved the preliminary reorganization plan and 27 revisions for the Clark County School District.

The committee spent numerous hours Tuesday in a meeting trying to figure out how to reorganize CCSD.

Under the proposed plan, each school would be independently run, and instead of the superintendent, the principal, a team of teachers, and parents would be in charge of hiring and budgeting.

There's no concrete answer on exactly how much it will cost to make the transition.

"It will put pressure on the legislature to address inadequate funding for the school system next session," said Michael Roberson,, Nevada State Senator for District 20. "We do need to invest more in education in Southern Nevada."

Some of the amendments also state that parents who join organizational teams won't be protected from lawsuits. Plus, only middle school and high school students will be able to join organizational teams... Read More

Firefighters rescue landscaper stuck in palm tree

Authorities say they've rescued a landscaper who was stuck high in the fronds of a palm tree in Las Vegas.

Several fire crews responded to a neighborhood near Rancho Drive and Oakey Boulevard after being called a little before 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Las Vegas Deputy Fire Chief Eddie Vigil said the worker was strapped to the tree while trimming it when a heavy set of fronds collapsed on top of him.

Vigil says the man's coworkers couldn't free him and he was having trouble breathing, so specially trained firefighters with a crane came to help.

Vigil says the man was alert and conscious after being cut away from the tree.

At least two Las Vegas-area tree trimmers died in similar incidents in the past two years. ... Read More

Active shooter drill tests local agencies

Las Vegas City Hall was closed for business Friday as first responders teamed up for an active shooter drill.

It seemed like a real crime scene. Police tape blocked off multiple streets. A command post was set-up in front of Las Vegas City Hall, and dozens of police officers and emergency responders from a number of agencies were present.

But, the scene was all a drill intended to train first responders on an active shooter situation.

Media were not allowed inside City Hall during the exercise, because it played out like a real-life scenario.

Watch City of Las Vegas video of the drill

Police were briefed on the situation. Two active shooters entered City Hall and shot multiple victims. From there, it was up to first responders to react... Read More

Tech Impact to hold training in Historic Westside School

A Historic Westside School will soon get a new tenant. On Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council approved leasing space in the school to Tech Impact.

"I am excited to have Tech Impact open a training facility in Ward 5 in the Historic Westside School," said Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow. "The renovation of these historic buildings has been long anticipated, and we are so looking forward to new businesses opening there to serve our community."

Tech Impact is a nonprofit organization that provides information technology job training for urban young adults.

This summer the Historic Westside School was returned to its former glory, courtesy of a $12.5 million overhaul.

Tech Impact will now proceed to customize an office suite and two classrooms in the school, and begin operations. ... Read More

Escaped inmate back in custody

A minimum security inmate who walked away from a work assignment on Friday was taken into custody in Henderson Wednesday.

Juwan Stuart, 36, was working with the Nevada Division of Forestry on a cleaning assignment at U.S. 95 and Valley View Boulevard when he walked away from the work crew.

He was serving 14 to 48 months for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He is now facing additional time for the escape and possibly other charges... Read More