Resident seeks school bus for neighborhood

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By David Giuliani

Mike Garcia and his grandson live on the east side of town, but the grandson attends West Las Vegas High School.

Garcia, who lives with his grandson, says he or his wife take their grandson to school every day. They live in the Country Acres subdivision north of town and would like to have a West bus to be able pick up children in that area.

He said he even has received an assurance from a West board member that the district could take a bus to Country Acres but that West would need approval from the Las Vegas City Schools to cross the districts’ common boundary.

However, the City Schools district is the stumbling block, Garcia said.

Billy Martinez, the transportation director for the City Schools, said the two districts would need a boundary agreement, as they already have for a neutral zone in the Montezuma area. In the area of the Country Acres, the Gallinas River serves as the boundary between the districts and neither district is allowed to cross it, with an exception made for special-needs students, he said.

“The state, school boards and the superintendents of both districts have to sign a boundary agreement,” he said. “Every district has boundary lines that determine where kids go to school.”

Martinez suggested that Garcia take his grandson to the nearest bus stop on the west side.

Garcia isn’t satisfied with the response he has received from the City Schools.

“I know it’s the law, but they don’t say why,” he said. “If they say no, they should give a reason.”

Garcia, a Las Vegas native, questions why Las Vegas has two school districts in the first place.

“I think it should be one district, even if the schools don’t join,” he said. “Why are there two?”