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Plan in the Works to Create Public School Precincts Preserving Henderson’s History Is Important to Our Community’s Future The City of Henderson officially incorporated in 1953, after emerging during World War II as a manufacturing source for magnesium. What began as a 13-square-mile piece of land with about 7,400 residents has become Nevada’s second-largest city. Born in America’s defense, Henderson’s history is rich in heritage, community and excellence. The Henderson Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the history of Henderson along with fostering public awareness and pride. Founded in 2011, the society is actively engaged in protecting the past while passing on our heritage to future generations. The society also provides several opportunities for residents to contribute to our historic preservation. Henderson’s history comes alive through stories and photos in the Henderson Speaks and Henderson – Then and Now programs. Working with the City of Henderson, the Water Street Historic Walking Tour was created to highlight the first homes, schools and businesses that were part of Henderson’s birth. The society has also partnered with Henderson Libraries to provide a comprehensive digital collection of newsletters, photos, newspaper articles and other memories. The collection is available on the Henderson Libraries website at mypubliclibrary.com. The Henderson Historical Society is led by board president Louis La Porta, who has been a Henderson resident since 1945, before the city was incorporated. He served as one of the first city councilmen in 1953. For additional information about the Henderson Historical Society, visit hendersonhistoricalsociety.org. Henderson residents place a high value on the education of their children, ranking the quality of public schools as the most important issue facing Southern Nevada today. While Henderson K-12 students consistently outperform their peers in Clark County, showing higher proficiency levels in math and reading and a significantly higher graduation rate, the desire for improvement is apparent. The 2015 Nevada Legislature passed Assembly Bill 394, a law calling for a plan to create local public school precincts in Clark County. A technical advisory committee with representatives from all the jurisdictions served by the Clark County School District was formed to help develop the plan. Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen takes an active role on this committee, ensuring our residents have a voice in the planning process. By creating precincts, city leaders strive to bring the governance of our children’s education closer to the people. Parents should be able to have greater influence on what takes place at the school their child attends, and schools should be more responsive to the specific needs of the community they serve. The precinct plan will be completed by January 1, 2017, and in effect by the 2018-2019 school year. Learn more about AB 394 and follow the planning process at cityofhenderson.com/education.


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