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CCSD Wants Community Input on School Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Parents, students, teachers, and other community members are now weighing in on the tough issue of school budget cuts. An online survey will gauge where everyone feels the cuts should or should not be made.

The 16 question survey only takes a few minutes to fill out.  The questions deal with critical issues such as campus security, school transportation, teacher layoffs, and even closing schools.

Strong opinions are pouring in. Some of the questions come as little surprise and garner a mixed reaction. For example,  should sports and extra-curricular activities be eliminated to save a combined $11 million dollars?

"Let the kids be kids; let them have their sports," said one parent.

"Out of everything, maybe it is sports I would cut," said another person.

Hundreds of Teachers Face Uncertain Job Future

LAS VEGAS -- Unless the Clark County School District can find other ways to cut about $125 million from its budget, more than 500 local teachers could get pink slips in May.

The Clark County Education Association which represents teachers says it's in negotiations with the school district to try to save as many teaching jobs as possible.

While schools brace for the worst-case scenario, the union is telling its members not to panic and not to believe every thing they hear.

"I've always said that a teacher's working conditions are a student's learning conditions so when you have teachers who, on top of everything else they have to deal with, testing, mandates, lesson plans, are now worried about whether they're gonna have a job or not, it's just another added pressure," said Ruben Murillo, Clark County Education Association.

Henderson Ready for Huge St. Patrick's Day Festival

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Downtown Henderson is getting ready to kick off one of the biggest Saint Patrick's Day festivals in the nation.

The 44tth annual Sons of Erin Saint Patrick's Day Festival is the biggest money making event of the year for Henderson, and every year attendance gets bigger.

You may remember this festival used to be held Downtown and other areas in Las Vegas. Six years ago, the Sons of Erin moved the festival to Henderson. It turned out to be a good move because the event draws in more people and money than many Las Vegas parades combined.

Food vendor Niki Hone has waited years to get permission to sell her chocolate confections at the festival.

"We just do special events. We work out of our home and we're very grateful for this event. It's one of the hardest ones to get into," she said.

National Guard Troops from Henderson Prepare to Deploy

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Nevada soldiers are about to begin training for their next deployment.

In April, the Nevada National Guard says about 50 soldiers from a Henderson Military Police Unit will start training for a year long mission in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Erick Studenicka says the soldiers are from the 137th Military Police Detachment. They will head to Fort Bliss, Texas in the middle of next month for training, before shipping off to a NATO controlled region of Afghanistan for duty.

Zappos Gives Away Shoes to Needy Kids

LAS VEGAS -- Six-hundred kids from different Las Vegas elementary schools are walking around in style after getting a new pair of shoes Monday.

It may not seem like a lot, but for some, this is their first brand new pair of shoes.

Zappos teamed up with the West Coast Basketball Conference that's holding it's tournament in Las Vegas this week.

Buses full of students lined up outside the Orleans Arena for a field trip like no other. From the cheers the minute they stepped off the bus to music from college bands from the West Coast Conference, it was a special day.

"We call them our At Hope Kids -- kids that kind of deserve a little extra break," said Jackie Locks with the After School All Stars.

These are the After School All Stars -- kids who come from at risk schools -- like fourth grader Estefania Jimenez, who was among the hundreds to get a new pair of shoes.

Three Square Helps Teach How to Make Food Last Longer

With rising gas prices and the sluggish economy, more and more people in the valley are in need of the basics to survive. Three Square, a food bank supplier for non profit groups, is teaching agencies ways to make food go a long way.

Making your dollar stretch further at the dinner table can be challenging, but for people who rely on charities to provide those meals, the task can be even more difficult.

"I'd be starving, to be honest. Starving," said Tommy Lily, who speaks from experience. He has gone hungry before during tough times, and uses the food pantry at the Saint Therese Center of Las Vegas, a non profit agency of Three Square.

"With all the money and everything like that, I mean you have to pay bills, your rent.

I-Team: Parents Plan Lawsuit over Green Valley High School Plays

A group of Las Vegas valley parents intend to take legal action to keep two theatrical productions off the Green Valley High School stage. The parents insist the school renditions of Rent and the Laramie Project are too adult and their inclusion violates school district policy.

The Green Valley High School theatre department has chosen controversy, compassion and courage as the theme for this year's season, listing the school editions of Rent and the Laramie Project among its eight productions. Both contain mature content, but the dispute is whether that content is suitable for high school students.

Under the guidance of theatre teacher Jennifer Hemme, the GVHS cast of Rent, the School Edition, engages in character for the first time. The students seem unconcerned with the drama unfolding off stage that may ultimately threaten their performance.