North Las Vegas will also offer its urban micro-academy this spring.
City council members unanimously voted Wednesday to spend nearly $ 144,000 to offer the Southern Nevada Urban Micro Academy by the spring semester. The program is operated by Nevada Action for School Options.
North Las Vegas has touted the safety of its micro-academy and the academic success of its students. According to the city, the academy has not recorded any cases of COVID-19.
Last week, Mayor John Lee sent a letter to Clark County’s School District Superintendent Jesus Jara urging the district to get students back into the classroom.
If the district doesn’t reopen schools by Jan. 15, Lee wants the city to use the district’s bus system and rent unused schools to offer face-to-face tuition through the micro-academy.
If the city can’t take advantage of the district’s buildings, Lee wants North Las Vegas to rent desks from CCSD and set them up in other public and private sector buildings.
The school district took a step towards a gradual reopening Wednesday morning by announcing a tentative agreement with the teachers’ union. The proposed reopening plan is due to appear before the school board on January 14th.
At best, the district would likely begin opening schools in February if the plan is approved by the board, Jara said on Wednesday.
The plan would return the preschool garden through third grade students first. The micro academy serves children from kindergarten through eighth grade.
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