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Leaky Roof Plagues Elementary School

The rainy weather Thursday caused a number of problems at schools around southern Nevada.

Sand bags had to be put up around a few storage areas at Las Vegas High School. Desert Rose High School cancelled classes and at Rex Bell Elementary a leaky roof caused problems.

According to Assistant Principal Christina Miani, the ceiling of the front office was coming apart because of the rain water leaking through. Students had to walk through an inch or more of water in the hallways.

She says the roof is an example of why many older schools in southern Nevada need to be replaced.

"I think this is the reason why we need new school facilities here at Rex Bell Elementary School because we want the best for our students, all of our students. We need to be top notch so we can continue being a four star striving to be a five-star elementary school," Miani said.

'Batman' Cast Recognizes School for Efforts to Stop Bullying

'Batman' Cast Recognizes School for Efforts to Stop Bullying

The cast of "Batman Live" visited a southern Nevada school to recognize their efforts to stop bullying.

The students at West Preparatory Academy got a chance to meet the people playing DC Comic characters live on stage at the Thomas & Mack Center. They also got to see the Batmobile that is used on stage.

The school was recognized for its efforts in the Flip the Script program, which aims to combat bullying in Nevada. According to the principal at West Prep, the school has resources in place to help kids who are struggling. He says it is really about every student doing his or her part.

"I think at the core, kids are good. They want good things to happen for themselves, for their friends, for their colleagues, for the people they see at school and we do see kids standing up for one another," Principal Mike Piccininni said.

Foundation Uses Donation to Improve Parent Literacy

Foundation Uses Donation to Improve Parent Literacy


A local supermarket made a big donation to fund a literacy program for a southern Nevada elementary school.

Cardenas Markets donated $50,000 to the Public Education Foundation to help fund the Family Literacy Program at Paul Culley Elementary School.

The program works to help improve the parents reading ability so they can help their children. Parents spend two hours every week in the classroom with their children.

"After parents go through this program, they feel more comfortable to read with the children to help with the school and volunteer at the school," Hergit Llenas, with the Public Education Foundation, said.

Parents also go through classes specifically designed to help them improve their reading skills, along with financial and workplace literacy. 

Truancy Court Judges Get Ready for Another Year

Truancy Court Judges Get Ready for Another Year


Clark County School District students who cut class will be facing a new batch of judges in the Truancy Diversion Project, otherwise known as truancy court.

Volunteer attorneys commit to be judges in the court and conduct weekly sessions with kids who are chronically truant. The volunteers received instructions about what to expect this year during orientation at Family Court Monday. Truancy court judges say there are a multitude of reasons students are skipping classes.

"It is a lack of friends. It is because they are hanging out with the wrong friends. It is because they do not feel good about the education they are getting. It is because they do not understand. They have learning problems. It is because they are watching other siblings. It is because they are homeless," truancy court judge William Potter said. 

City Councilman Delivers Supplies to Ward 3 Schools

Las Vegas City Councilman helped the kids in his ward by delivering much-needed school supplies.

Bob Coffin delivered supplies to all 13 elementary schools in Ward 3. Each school received a pallet loaded with an assortment of supplies from pencils and crayons to hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

"I realize that some families cannot supply what children need to succeed at school during these tough economic times," said Councilman Coffin, "and our school district is struggling with funding. I just want to be sure that we are doing what we can so that every child and every school has what is necessary."

Money for the supplies came from the Ward 3 budget.



Variety School Celebrates New Location

Variety School Celebrates New Location

A nonprofit organization that provides child care and family services to those in need is celebrating a new home in a unique location.

A pre-construction open house was held Tuesday at the Variety Early Learning Center's new facility. The building it will call home is the former Nevada State Museum site in Lorenzi Park.

The interior is being retrofitted to fit the school’s needs, which include full-day child care along with early childhood development programs and education. Once finished, it will be a state-of-the-art location for kids

"Our children really do need a really nice place so they can come, and they can be happy and know that really nice things do exist in the world," Ruby Collins with Variety Early Learning Center said.

The school moved because it had outgrown its old facility downtown. The City of Las Vegas and numerous local businesses were involved in making the move possible.