The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.
Clark County School District Board of Trustees
What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The CCSD Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.
How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Thursdays) at 5pm at the Edward A. Greer Education Center (Board Room): 2832 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121.
Can community members engage at Trustee Meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Community members can sign up to speak after the agenda has been posted– by calling the Board Office at (702) 799-1072 at least 3 hours before the scheduled meeting, or signing up in-person at the beginning of the meeting. Prior to each agenda item being voted on, speakers can share their perspective after the Board’s discussion and prior to the vote.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting
What happened at this meeting?
Board of Trustees violation of open meeting law
Trustees acknowledged a Findings of Fact & Conclusion of Law document created by the Attorney General after his office received several complaints. The document outlines findings that constitute a violation of Nevada Open Meeting Law.
Naming of 3 school facilities
Trustees approved the following names for 3 school facilities (click on names to see the full bios of each community leader):
- Sandra B. Abston Elementary School
- Earl N. Jenkins Elementary School
- Helen Anderson Toland Elementary school
Approval of 2 collectively bargained agreements
Trustees agreed to sign 2 collectively bargained agreements– with the Education Support Employees Association (ESEA) and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees (CCASA).
A collectively bargained agreement is a written legal contract between an employer or a public body (i.e. Board of Trustees) and organized labor (i.e. teacher and administrator unions). The agreement is a result of an extensive negotiation process between the two parties regarding employee wages, hours, and conditions of employment.
Public Comment – Members of the public commented that they were looking for a more permanent salary agreement.
Superintendent reports on Listening and Learning Tours
Upon transitioning as Superintendent of the Clark County School District, Dr. Jara established a 90-day entry plan, which kicked off with a listening phase to hear about the needs of students and the community through a series of “Listening and Learning Tours.”
Dr. Jara held a total of 125 meetings across 107 schools and departments (across all Trustee Districts) with around 4,600 stakeholders (60% of which were parents and members of the community). Other stakeholders he met with included students, elected officials, media, and CCSD employees.
Dr. Jara presented the following key takeaways from these meetings, including:
- All means ALL. Every student deserves access to a rich and rigorous education and a quality teacher.
- Improve teaching and learning conditions
- Build public trust
- Safety and security of our schools
Employee agreement approved – General Council
Trustees approved an employment agreement for Eleissa Lavelle, who will take on the role as General Council (effective November 2018).
(note: section 8 of the agreement was removed before the agreement was approved. That section was regarding a 2.5% annual pay increase).
Accountability for CCSD’s low-performing charter schools
Trustees approved performance accountability actions for the following “Rising Star” CCSD Charter Schools:
- Delta Academy Middle and High School
- 100 Academy of Excellence Elementary and Middle School
- Rainbow Dreams Academy Elementary and Middle School
All Delta Academy and 100 Academy of Excellence schools have been approved for reconstitution, which can include receivership (new leadership).
Rainbow Dreams Academy schools have been approved to partner with CCSD to create a remediation plan to improve school performance.
Trustees stated their support for these recommendations and a commitment to ensuring high standards are kept and met for all students in all schools.
Public Comment – Members of the community shared their perspectives about the work happening at these schools that they felt wasn’t captured in the decision making process.
Potential Future Items:
- Information about CCSD’s pool of substitute teachers.
- Review and summary of current cultural competency training for CCSD employes.
- Information on potential policy banning cell phones from all schools.
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