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LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District will soon be spending $54 million on major renovations at a number of schools in the Las Vegas valley.

The money however makes up just 1 percent of the capital improvements needed throughout the entire district, but the schools that are getting the funding say being outspoken about their needs has paid off in the end.

West Preparatory Academy is one of the schools slated to get access to millions of dollars from CCSD's capital improvements fund.

School board trustee Linda Young on Monday announced plans for some $18 million to help build a new two-story state-of-the-art building for this campus that is focused on science and math.

"We have been working at portables in this school for 8 to 9 years, it's not best model for our students," Principal Danny Eichelberger said.

Eichelberger says the school community has been vocal about the needs for more space with the student population growing to nearly 2,000 in the last 10 years.

CCSD bond oversight committee later agreed, giving it access to part of the fund totaling $54 million the final amount left over from a bond issued back in 1998.

"We felt it was a safety issue, an infrastructure issue and so there were promises made to the community here and that is one of the reasons this project rose to the top," CCSD chief financial officer Jim McIntosh said.

Across the county at Boulder City High School, Principal Amy Wagner says she is ecstatic her campus will see $16 million coming its way.

"We want things for our students like everyone else has," Wagner said.

Wagner says her campus is the second oldest school in the district and it shows, from the archaic science lab to lack of power outlets to a cooling system that regularly breaks down.

"It's hard, your kids have needs, the school has needs and to get those needs to your kids," Wagner said.

Wagner says like West Prep, the school community from the staff to parents has spoken out. She says the school was promised funding more than 10 years ago and it's time for CCSD to follow up.

Principal Eichelberger says that nearly 100 percent of his students are at risk and this money will help his kids level the playing field.

"Our students are high need but they are smart and they need the technology in their hands so they are prepared," Eichelberger said.

Wynn and Ronzone Elementary Schools will also be getting money to help ease the need for portables.

Sandy Valley Elementary will also get a new gym with the CCSD capital improvement funds and 16 other schools will get improvements on their heating and cooling systems.

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