HENDERSON (KTNV) — As schools throughout Southern Nevada continue working to stretch every dollar, schools in the City of Henderson are getting a little extra help as the city is using redevelopment fees and marijuana business license fees to help.
The city has awarded nearly $1.5 million in redevelopment fees and recreational marijuana business license fees to 32 schools for the 2018-2019 school year.
Simply looking inside this classroom at Robert Taylor Elementary you may not see any problems, but Principal Kim Basham says when she took over the school two years ago she learned a lot can be hidden beneath the surface.
“My largest learning curve that first year was the significance and the impact that trauma and stress has on our youth,” Basham said.
While reports show Henderson schools outperform the Clark County School District as a whole, Basham and her teachers have huge barriers to overcome when it comes to teaching their students.
“We provide 3 meals a day, three hot meals a day and worked to extend our before and after-school programs,” Basham said.
The principal is turning the one-star school into a community center of sorts in hopes of improving the students’ education.
As part of that effort, she pitched the idea of bringing counselors to the campus to city leaders.
“Our students come to school somewhat stressed by the things they face and the challenges that surround them,” Basham said.
This as the city has awarded grants to help its schools.
This year, nearly $1.5 million was pushed to projects at 32 schools inside the city . $148,000 of that money coming from marijuana business license fees the city council set aside for education.
The marijuana contribution is expected to grow to around $450,000 for the coming year,
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