West makes position clear

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By Don Pace

The state had already rejected Luna Community College’s idea for a charter school.

But the West Las Vegas school board enacted a resolution against the school anyway.

The resolution puts the district on record as opposing any attempt by Luna to resurrect the idea of the Luna Charter Academy.

The resolution states, “It is not in the district’s best interest to authorize the development of the Luna Community College Charter School, especially due to the possibility of its negatively impacting the district enrollment and funding.”

Luna President Pete Campos said this week that his administration is moving forward to address educational issues in the area. 

Despite complaints that Luna is not involving area school districts on specific plans, Campos, who is also a state senator, said he and other lawmakers are holding public forums to ask for constituents’ direction.

The West Las Vegas resolution was direct in its attack: It noted that West provides educational services to students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

The resolution states that the district supports alternative education via the existence of the district’s partnership with Rio Gallinas Charter School, which offers an alternative educational setting within district boundaries.

The resolution stated that the district  relies on its student population to secure funding.

The board voted unanimously to adopt the resolution.

Luna hoped to start a charter school that would focus on dropouts and other struggling students, seeking to interest them in college.

Area superintendents complained that Luna didn’t consult them.