In a story we called “New Kids on the Block” last August, we reported on a slew of school buildings going up around the Las Vegas Valley due to Clark County School District’s getting a $4.1 billion construction bond. Back then, the buildings were but a glimmer in the district’s eye. Today, hammers and saws are humming in preparation for the schools’ opening next fall. It’s time they were named, and so they were — after locals who have contributed in various ways to CCSD.
In addition to the three already named, the new ones are:
4. Billy and Rosemary Vassiliadis Elementary School
Antelope Ridge and Desert Foothills
Advertising magnate Billy Vassiliadis, founder of R&R Partners, and his wife Rosemary Vassiliadis, director of Clark County Aviation, have contributed to school construction fundraising by supporting bond campaigns and ballot question initiatives.
5. Dr. Beverly S. Mathis Elementary School
Arville and Mesa Verde
Before serving as principal of Booker Elementary School for 16 years, Mathis was a teacher in CCSD for 17 years. In retirement, she serves in numerous education-advocacy roles.
6. Jan Jones Blackhurst Elementary School
Chartan Avenue and Pioneer Way
Blackhurst made education a priority during her time as Las Vegas mayor, advocating for children and families and building public-private partnerships.
7. Josh Stevens Elementary School
Dave Wood Circle and East Galleria Drive
After 12-year-old Stevens died in an accident, his loved ones formed a foundation in his memory to continue his legacy of kindness and generosity.
8. Lomie G. Heard Elementary School
Lamb and Kell Lane
(adjacent to Ruben P. Diaz Elementary School)
Heard taught in CCSD for 27 years and, at 100 years old in 2006, was the district’s oldest living school namesake. The school formerly named after her, at Nellis Air Force Base, closed last year.
9. Shelley Berkley Elementary School
Maule and Grand Canyon
A CCSD graduate, Berkley advocated for education during her terms in the Nevada Assembly and Board of Regents, and U.S. House of Representatives.