By: Megan Way Photos by: Su Phelps and Lawrence Oravetz
Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas (CASLV) held a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 28, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. celebrating the first day of construction for the new campus which will be replacing the current Nellis AFB campus. Many leaders from Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. and the local community attended the ceremony, such as the Principal and Executive Director of this new campus, the Mayor of North Las Vegas and Representatives from Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez’s Office.
The Nellis Coral Academy Campus Executive Director has said, “Projects like this in campus improve, not only the education system in our state but also southern Nevada’s community as a whole.”
In the Mayor of Las Vegas’ speech he states “A lot of the great leaders in the Air Force didn’t come here because of the schooling and we worked with the school district for many years to see what we could do about getting rid of that perceived lower quality and today I see that we’ve finally came up with a solution”
CASLV is a charter school that emphasizes STEM subjects in its curriculum and has made a positive impact on the educational community of Southern Nevada. They were designated as a high-achieving school by the Nevada Department of Education for two years in a row.
“Over the last year, we’ve raised our academic performance two-fold, we’ve went from being a 2-star rated school to a 4-star rated school,” said Aaron Cash, Nellis Coral Academy Campus Principal. “My expectation is to continue that trend and go from a 4-star school to a 5-star school.”
In addition, the campus will indirectly have a positive impact on the mission. “We have about 15000 airmen who are stationed here at Nellis Air Force Base and Creech Air Force Base,” said Col. Craddock. “and when they come into the area, they move around quite a bit. So, to have an opportunity for them to come in and have a very convenient school with outstanding educators and a phenomenal academic institution that Coral Academy is, is really going to provide that ability for our airmen to go after their mission.”
Nellis Coral Academy is scheduled to open next winter.