Las Vegas moving to have city launch public charter school

June 11, 2021 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas officials are taking steps to have the city start a public charter school that a planned new nonprofit would manage.

Officials said the city has submitted a letter of the intent to the state and the City Council’s agenda for Wednesday will include creating the nonprofit and appointing governing board members, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Executive Director Rebecca Feiden of the state’s charter authority said Las Vegas’ submission appears to be the first by an organization affiliated with a Nevada municipality.

If approved, CLV Strong Start Academy Elementary School would open in August 2022, initially with up to 180 students in kindergarten through second grades, according to the letter of intent.


Tammy Malich, the city’s director of youth development and social innovation, said the planned charter school is seen as as an opportunity to serve the community and provide students in highest-needs zip codes in the central metro area with a strong footing to be successful in middle and high school.

If approved by the state, the school would add one grade level each year until it reaches fifth, Malich said.