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Parents oppose Summerlin middle school’s proposed zoning change

Jan 14, 2020 |

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Parents filled the gym at Rogich Middle School in Summerlin on Monday night to voice their opposition to plans to redraw the attendance zone for the 2020-21 school year.

Two different proposals would move the school’s attendance boundaries south and west, redirecting new sixth-graders to Becker Middle School and Johnson Middle School instead. The purpose, according to Richard Baldwin, the Clark County School District’s director of demographics and zoning, is to address the overcrowding at Rogich likely to be made worse by new developments north of Far Hills Avenue.

Rogich has a capacity of 1,600 students but a current enrollment of over 1,900, leaving it at 118 percent capacity. Johnson has 1,420 spots for 1,574 students, according to district data, while Becker was about 100 students under capacity last year.

Planned residential development could add up to 100 students per year at Rogich, Baldwin said, with future developments adding even more. The boundary changes would rezone much of this new development to Becker.

Parent Heather Nelson told the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission members that the crush of students in the hallways at Rogich made it difficult for her son to navigate the school.

“The more we move out to other schools, the better,” Nelson said, adding that traffic at drop-off and pick-up was also an issue.

Other parents said they bought homes nearby specifically to send their children to Rogich and then Palo Verde High School. Natalie Cornejo told commissioners that she had been in the area since 2004 with the intention of doing just that.

Furthermore, Cornejo said, with overcrowding at Johnson, moving some students to that school would not alleviate the issue at that campus.

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