Downtown Project, the initiative to reshape downtown Las Vegas backed by Zappos' Tony Hsieh, has made education an area of focus. The group plans to open a preschool this fall. That's just the beginning though - the project eventually plans to build an elementary and high school. We'll talk with organizers of Downtown Project's education initiative about their plans and and their vision for schools in the downtown area.
Connie Yeh, Head of Education Initiatives, Downtown Project
Meg Murray, Research and School Designer, Downtown Project
Richard Demato, Co-founder and Head of Strategy, The Workshop
My husband and I bought a home downtown in 2010. We relocated our business to the Arts District last year and the only thing we have ever found challenging about living and working downtown has been the educational opportunities for our three boys. We are so excited about the downtown project and all of the potential it brings our family, friends and customers. Can't wait to hear more!!Roxie Amoroso –Feb 28, 2013 17:05:48 PM
Although the planned project has merit, improving grades in existing schools in the downtown area would seem to me to be a more immediate and higher priority concern. I would like to discuss a proven program with Richard.David H –Feb 9, 2013 23:03:42 PM
I get a little uneasy when I hear words like:
"educational experience", "price point" and "private"
All in favor of education and rebuilding downtown, but is there no other way?
jim –Jan 12, 2013 10:40:13 AM
Hi - I am leading the research and design initiatives - please reach out to me Meg –Jan 9, 2013 21:13:38 PM
My husband and I bought in the Downtown area last year and one of the things that attracted us was the lack of children. I am not so sure that I am in favor of encouraging more children to move into the area. Theresa Hargrove –Jan 9, 2013 09:58:34 AM
My children are currently attending Kids' Co-op in NLV. Their approach is parent run, child centered, but only goes to kindergarten. I am excited for the possibility of an elementary school to continue their education, especially one that is closer to our home.Amy –Jan 9, 2013 09:34:18 AM
Hoping that this pilot school will also accommodate parents who work evenings. I came into convo already in progress, but didn't hear anything about hours that accommodate those of us who work in the evening who want this quality education and community approach.Shana –Jan 9, 2013 09:24:04 AM
Re: Possible Downtown School(s)
If I recall correctly, the Paiute Reservation is downtown and has been discriminated against for decades. Will families and children from the Paiute community have, if not first access, at least less expensive access to the pre-school and any schools that follow? This would be a priority if Las Vegas is to move toward becoming a community concerned about justice as well as economic development.Phil Hausknecht –Jan 9, 2013 09:11:25 AM