Nevada Ed-Watch 1/24/19

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.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees

Click here to Find your Trustee District

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.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings and agendas

Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar

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, January 24, 2019

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda 

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided testimony to Trustees regarding:

  • Furlough days for municipal support staff.
  • Concerns about students who are academically behind not getting enough support throughout the school year (so they don’t need to enroll in summer school).
  • Concerns about the graphic nature of a book included on high school student reading lists, and parents not being notified.  
  • Concerns about charter schools that are located nearby traditional district schools, and the effect on getting accurate enrollment counts.
  • Information related to the legislative session.

Trustees Unanimously Approve the Consent Agenda

The approved consent agenda included the following:

  • Submission of a grant application for STEM programs with Lockheed Martin ($1,040,5000).
  • Acceptance of other service agreements, grants of easement, and contract awards.
  • Acceptance of an annual report on charter schools that are authorized by CCSD. Click here to see the report.

Trustees Approve Occupation Education Scholarship

Trustees accepted $1,000 for the Board’s annual Susan Brager Occupational Education Scholarship.

Trustees Appoint Member to the Audit Committee

Trustees voted to re-appoint Joshua Robinson to the Audit Committee. His term will continue for 2-years, effective July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. There is one additional vacancy, and applications to fill one more appointment will open soon.

Trustees Approve Reconstitution of Low-Performing CCSD Authorized Charter Schools

Trustees voted unanimously on staff recommendations to reconstitute, including receivership, due to chronic low performance at two charter schools authorized by CCSD: 100 Academy of Excellence (Elementary School and Middle School) and The Delta Academy (Middle School and High School).

Once a receiver is selected for each school by the court, they will enter a 3-year turnaround plan. The reconstitution includes a receiver who will potentially replace the governing body.

If student achievement targets are met in 3-years, the school will be released to the governing body. If targets are not met, the receiver will either ask for an extension of time to continue to work with the school, or release the schools’ charter for final closure.

See communications between the two schools and CCSD:

  • Rebuttals & additional information from school Boards
      • Letter to CCSD from 100 Academy of Excellence
    • Letter to CCSD from The Delta Academy

See each schools performance data profile (2017-18):

Click here to read about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Click here to see the Ed-Watch recap from the October 18th Trustees meeting, when accountability actions for low-performing CCSD charter schools were initially approved.

Trustees Hear an Update on the Budget

Trustees received a brief update from CCSD’s Chief Financial Officer regarding the 2019 amended final budget.

Click here to see the budget presentation.

Discussions Regarding Legislative Session:

Trustees Approve Positions on Potential 2019 Legislative Topics

Trustees accepted positions on topics that could arise in the 2019 Legislature.

Click here to see a draft CCSD legislative platform.

The legislative topic headlines are:

    • Rich and Rigorous Instruction
    • Increasing Human Capital
    • Efficient Operations and Finance
  • Improving Teacher Conditions

CCSD staff and lobbying firm (360 Strategies) worked with partner organizations like My Brother’s Keeper and the Safety Committee/Safety Taskforce to establish and align additional legislative priorities.

Trustees discussed Alternative Route to Licensure programs, and highlighted their appreciation for the inclusion of topics like restorative justice, clarification of the fingerprinting law, and class size reductions.

They also discussed Senate Bill 79 (filed by the Nevada Department of Education), which addresses how districts should approach chronic absenteeism. The Superintendent expressed concern about the role of the state regarding this issue.

Trustees also mentioned that the Sex Education Policy (Opt-in/Opt-out) was not included on the legislative platform. While Trustees each acknowledged the importance of this policy, it was identified that the board will stay neutral on the topic. However, if a particular bill  is filed, they will review and take a position.

Trustee Advocacy Guidelines During Legislative Session

Trustees were informed of guidelines to follow throughout the legislative session from General Council. The overarching theme was “The Board speaks as one voice.”

Acknowledging that legislators will want to hear from Trustees– when speaking individually, Trustees must stay within the parameters of what the Board has collectively discussed and voted on in their meetings. However, individual Board Members may advocate as a regular citizen, but must make clear that they are speaking on behalf of themselves, and not on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

Trustees Approve Annual 3-Year Program Pilot for Incentivizing Teachers at Target Schools

Trustees approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CCSD and Clark County Educators Association (CCEA) that provides a $10,000/year salary supplement to teachers who are hired and begin working at targeted schools (listed below). Each of the targeted schools are 1-star middle schools.  

Trustees discussed challenges around getting teachers who are already employed at target schools to continue teaching there. They also discussed that while full details have not been established, this is a pilot program, and operations should not be micromanaged, since its outside of their purview as Trustees.  

    • J. Harold Brinley Middle School
    • Jerome Mack Middle School
    • Carroll Johnston Middle School
    • Mario C. and JoAnne Monaco Middle School
    • William Orr Middle School
    • Marvin M. Sedway Middle School
    • Ed Von Tobel Middle School
  • Preparatory Institute, School for Academic Excellence at Charles I. West (West Prep Middle School)

Click here to see the MOU.

Trustees and Superintendent Communication

Superintendent Jara clarified a comment he made at the State of the Schools address: “If we fix Clark, we fix the state.”

The clarification was that he did not mean this as an insult, and was referencing “sheer numbers.” He explained that Clark County’s population makes up 70% of the state, so if Clark County meets its academic and educational outcome goals, the entire state’s rating will improve.


Potential Future Items:

    • Streamline including opt-out policy & sex ed curriculum as an agenda item
    • Review of public comment laws– allowing public to provide input in new ways to get more feedback from people who are unable to attend in person
    • Information on CCSD’s early childhood education initiatives
    • SMRPC Debt Management Commission and appointment
    • Presentation about bullying and ways to address incidents
    • How data moves from charters through the Assessment, Accountability, Research, School Improvement (AARSI) department and then to the state
    • Support staff turnover numbers
  • Cultural competency training in schools and departments throughout the district in order to address the disproportionality of kids of color getting suspended, expelled, or being placed in behavior schools

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 1/18/19

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.


State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA)

What is the SPCSA & what are they responsible for? The SPCSA sponsors and oversees public charter schools across the State of Nevada. The Authority consists of seven appointed members responsible for overseeing educational and operational standards, and holding sponsored schools accountable to the academic achievement of students.

How often does the SPCSA Board meet? SPCSA members meet once monthly (three times in June)– on Fridays.

Click here for SPCSA meeting schedule and materials.

Can community members engage at SPCSA Board Meetings? All meetings are held publicly at the Nevada Department of Education building in Carson City and the Nevada Department of Education building in Las Vegas (2nd floor boardroom). Members of the public are invited to attend at either location. A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. There is a time limit of three minutes per speaker. Members of the community providing testimony must fill out a visitor card, available on-site the day of the meeting.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA Members.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA sponsored schools.


Friday, January 18, 2019
State Public Charter School Authority – Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda 

What happened at this meeting?

Board Hears SPCSA Staff Reports From Each Team (Authorizing, School Support, Finance & Operations & Legal)

The Authorizing Team provided an update on the SPCSA Performance Framework revisions. The academic and organizational frameworks will be presented to the Board in February. The team also reported receiving 12 notices of intent to apply, and 1 completed application for school authorization.

The School Support Team reported completing several school site visits. Additionally, the staff is attending multiple professional development and learning opportunities, and providing technical assistance to schools.

The Finance and Operations Team shared updates around the Governor’s recommended budget for 2019-2021, which had many changes since the original budget released by former Governor Brian Sandoval (including 5 positions needed to implement SPCSA’s Local Education Agency status– see legislative session agenda item below). Click here to see the 2019-21 budget.

The Legal Team shared updates regarding the approved charter school renewal contracts (3 contracts have been filed). They also shared a recently-issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in response to an Open Meeting Law complaint. Click here to see the Findings of Fact & Conclusions of Law.

Board Selects Candidates to Interview for SPCSA Executive Director Role

SPCSA staff updated the Board on the recruitment and search process for a new Executive Director. The Board selected candidates to be interviewed for the position at the March 8th board meeting. From there, the Board will vote on 3 candidates who will be submitted to the Governor’s office for final selection.

The following candidates, in alphabetical order by last name, will be interviewed at the March 8th board meeting:

    • Eve Breier-Ramos
    • Rebecca Feiden
    • Mark Modrcin
    • Katherine Poulos
    • Sami Randolph
  • Brian Scroggins

Updates on Legislative Session and Status of Senate Bill 78 Language

The SPCSA is revamping SB78 alongside Education Committee Chairs, and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, to include:

    • Accountability measures both for schools and authorizers
    • Equity for students receiving special education
  • Expansion of the SPCSA portfolio to serve higher needs geographical areas

The Board had a brief discussion regarding 5 Local Education Agency (LEA) positions that were cut from the governor’s budget. The SPCSA staff and State Superintendent are in conversation with Education Committee chairs to ensure that policy decisions and budget appropriations are aligned.

Click here to see an overview of bills that the SPCSA is monitoring.

Board Approves Charter Contract Amendment

The Board approved an amendment to American Leadership Academy – Summerlin’s charter contract to change its name to Signature Preparatory Academy. 

Board Approves Modifications to Financial Performance Framework

SPCSA staff provided the Board with information related to the SPCSA’s Financial Performance Framework, including recommendations to modify the framework to more accurately assess the financial health of SPCSA-sponsored public charter schools. These modifications will take effect July 1, 2019.

Updates were made to the following Indicators and Measures:

Indicator 1: Near Term Measures

    • Unrestricted Days Cash-on-Hand Ratio
  • Enrollment Forecast Accuracy

Indicator 2: Sustainability Measures

    • Total Margin
    • Debt to Asset Ratio
    • Cash Flow
  • Debt Service Coverage Ratio

Click here to see full details on the updates.

Click here to see the full presentation.

Presentation on SPCSA Schools’ Graduation Rate (2017-2018 School Year)

SPCSA staff presented about the graduation rate for SPCSA-sponsored public charter schools for the 2017-2018 school year.

The data show the SPCSA is the fastest-improving district in the state, and that 6 schools have a 90% or higher graduation rate.

Click here to download the full presentation.

Presentation on Nevada Connections Academy

Nevada Connections Academy representatives provided the Board with information on required quarterly reports on Nevada Connections Academy’s elementary school and high school, including the following highlights:

    • Graduation rate increased from 45% to 63% (goal was 49% for 2017-18). The 2018-19 graduation rate is projected to range between 60%-68%.
    • The elementary school implemented a new, more rigorous curriculum in social studies and science. School representatives described experiencing an “implementation dip” in scores, with math and social studies slightly down (2-3%), and science down 10%.
  • The staff also provided updates on Professional Development, Contact with Students, and School Culture.

Click here to see a summary provided by NV Connections Academy.

Updates on Quest Preparatory Academy & Argent Academy

The board heard and discussed updates from the Court Appointed receiver for Quest Preparatory Academy and Argent Academy regarding each school’s financial and legal statuses, as well as each school’s insurance policies in place to cover costs related to board mismanagement.

Public Comment

    • Testimony about the progress of the Founders Academy elementary school and its professional development progress and contracts.
  • Testimony about the alleged misalignment of official graduation data, due to database malfunctions and miscommunication between the state office and schools. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch 1/17/19

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00AM. Click here to see the 2019 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. There is a time limit of three minutes per speaker. Members of the community providing testimony must fill out a visitor card, available on-site the day of the meeting.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thurs, January 17, 2019
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda 

What happened at this meeting?

Updates from the Board President

The Board President provided a recap of Governor Sisolak’s State of the State address– which included weighted funding that follows students, and the prioritization of school safety, support services, and the construction of education buildings. The Board President also provided an update on the recent appointments to the State Board of Education:

  • Appointment of Teri White (non-voting member, 1-year term)
  • Re-appointment of Cathy McAdoo (non-voting member, 1-year term)
  • Re-appointment of Tamara Hudson (voting member, 2-year term)

Updates from the Superintendent

  • The Work-Based Learning and Career and Technical Education Expenditure Report was posted. Click here to see the report.
  • National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Report was released: From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope. Governor Sandoval and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction served on The Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development– which was created to engage communities in re-envisioning learning to encompass social, emotional, and cognitive learning aspects. The report outlines research and recommends promising practices for making all aspects of learning part of the fabric of every school and community. Click here to learn more and see the report.
  • 2019 Legislative Session. The Nevada Department of Education has pre-filed the following bills for the 2019 session:
    • AB67:Regarding an A+ Achievement Charter School District
    • AB72: Regarding provisions to school turnaround
    • AB 35 & AB78: Regarding Nevada Charter School Authorizers
    • SB 84: Regarding Pre-K for students at 200% poverty
    • AB 88: Regarding average daily enrollment
    • SB 41: Regarding the licensure of teachers and other educational personnel.
    • SB 79: Regarding restorative justice for students at-risk for chronic absenteeism
    • SB 89: Regarding school safety (behavioral health crises, disaggregation of discipline data, and school police)

Board Approves Consent Agenda, which included:

  • Licensing for 2 private schools: Sinousa Virtual High School (Clark County), and Las Vegas Day School (Clark County)
  • Career & Technical Education standards for:
    • Agriculture and Natural Resources Middle School
    • Health Science and Public Safety
    • Skill standards for Practical Nursing
    • Hospitality and Human Services Middle School
  • District applications to have programs of work-based learning
  • Education Gift Fund Report

Board Maintains President & Vice President

The Board voted to maintain existing State Board of Education officers (President Wynn and Vice President Newburn). This decision may be revisited at the discretion of the Board.

Board Approves Updates to Special Education and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program Regulations

Changes included language revisions (including removing the term mental retardation), and consistency updates to both federal and state law.

More substantive changes included adding clear direction for the Nevada Department of Education to redact identifiable information when reports are submitted and published publicly.

Click here to see the updated language.

Presentation on CTE LifeWorks Initiative

The Board saw a brief presentation on Career & Technical Education (CTE) LifeWorks, a strategic partnership between Nevada government agencies, K-12 public education, business and industry leaders, and the Nevada System of Higher Education.

In 2017, 10 states received funding from JP Morgan Chase & Co through the New Skills for Youth Grant. The purpose of the grant is to execute action plans to strengthen and expand career pathways that are aligned to Nevada’s workforce needs.

As part of national CTE Month (February), the Nevada Department of Education will celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of this initiative and promote Nevada’s CTE programs.

Previous work of LifeWorks included occupation reports, grant alignment across multiple agencies and organizations, and advocacy for College and Career Ready Diplomas.  

Board Approves Score Ranges for Other Licensed Educational Personnel (OLEP) Performance Evaluations 

The Teachers & Leaders Council (TLC) recommended score ranges to determine summative ratings for Other Licensed Educational Personnel (OLEP). 2018-2019 is the first year of implementation of OLEP frameworks. The Board approved TLC’s recommendations for evaluating School Speech Pathologists, School Counselors, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Teacher-Librarians. The Board also approved the Library Program Goals Rubric, and the alternate summative evaluation rating tools for use by any district.

Click here to see the full presentation.

Board Approves Priorities for Great Teaching & Leading Fund

The Board established priorities for programs that can receive grant money through the Great Teaching and Leading Fund. Funds will be awarded following an application process and pending appropriation by the 2019 Legislative session.

The established priorities are:

  • Teacher preparation, recruitment, retention, and leadership
  • Professional Development on Nevada Academic Content Standards:
    • Computer science
    • Social studies
    • Fine arts
    • Financial literacy
    • District-identified content areas for improvement (as approved by State Board of Education)
  • School Leadership
    • Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF) to focus on student learning goals
    • Effective models of school improvement

Click here to see the full presentation.

Presentation on the Nevada External Outcomes Evaluation

This mandated evaluation covers seven categorical programs that were established or expanded during the 2015 Legislative Session that continue today: Zoom, Victory, Social Workers in Schools, Read by Grade 3, School Turnaround, Nevada Ready 21, and the Great Teaching and Leading Fund. The report advocated for the continued funding of all programs.

Click here to see the full report.

Board Members expressed concerns about: tracking students across schools to understand which children were recipients of the programs (regardless of transience), a data system that allows tracking of teacher transiency, teacher turnover, the number of substitute teachers, and the seniority and placement of teachers.

Presentation on Operations of the Online Processing for Applications and Licensure System (OPAL)

The Office of Educator Licensure launched an online licensing system, OPAL, in April 2018. The office presented an overview of its operations to date– including implementation, functionality, future enhancements, and lessons learned throughout the process.

Highlights:

  • Convenience of online application submission
  • Secure user portal and dashboard
  • Automated applicant notifications

Statistics:

  • Since implementation, there is a 2-week reduction in application processing time (from appx. 50-days to appx. 35-days).

Future enhancements include business partner portals, user-experience improvements, a smartphone app, and teacher preparation data.

Click here to see the presentation notes.

Click here to see the Implementation Report.

Board Approves Class Size Reduction Variances for Elementary Schools

Currently, state law prescribes pupil-to-teacher ratios (17:1 for grades 1-2, and 20:1 for grade 3); however, due to lack of available financial support for pupil-to-teacher ratios and other good causes, schools in the report were approved for variances.

The Board approved class size variances for grades K-3.

Click here to see the variance reports.

Board Deliberates License Revocation

The Board deliberated on an item pulled from the consent agenda involving the potential revocation of a former administrator’s professional license. The Board moved to refer the case back to the hearing office with the following guidance: If revocation is recommended by the hearing master, facts in the case must meet the standard of beyond reasonable doubt; if suspension is recommended, facts in the case must meet a reasonable measure of damage or harm.


Potential Future Items (State Board of Education):

  • Superintendent to provide a legislative update each meeting during legislative session
  • Information on the process for closing a charter school and costs of receivership

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Nevada Ed-Watch 1/10/19

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.

Included below are recaps from both the CCSD Trustees work session on 1/9/19 and the CCSD Trustees board meeting on 1/10/19.


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.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees

Click here to Find your Trustee District

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.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings and agendas

Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar

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.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Work Session

What happened at this work session?

Trustees Elect the Following New Board Officer Roles:

  • Trustee Brooks as Board President
  • Trustee Cavazos as Vice President
  • Trustee Garvey as Clerk

Presentation: Zoom, Victory, and SB178 Designated Schools

The presentation showed the academic outcomes at schools receiving special funding:

  • Zoom (for schools with high English Language Learner populations)
  • Victory (for underperforming schools located in high-poverty zip codes)
  • SB178 (schools rated 1- or 2-stars that are not getting Zoom or Victory funds)

Click here to see the full presentation.

You can also access data reports for Zoom,  Victory, and SB178 schools on Opportunity 180’s custom report builder.

Presentation: School Libraries

The presentation included literacy standards and the roles of librarians at the school site.

Click here to see the full presentation.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda 

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided testimony to Trustees regarding:

  • Support staff working conditions
  • The inability to show the movie Schindler’s List to students in an 11th-grade history class because of a blanket policy not allowing movies rated PG-13 or above.

Trustees Unanimously Approve the Consent Agenda

The approved consent agenda included:

  • Grants:
    • Accepting grant funds from the Career & Technical State Allocation Grant through the Nevada Department of Education from Tesla.
    • Submitting grant application for Rural Schools through the Prevent Advocacy Choices Teamwork (PACT) Coalition, which provides resources to prevent substance abuse for all ages.
    • Submitting grant to State of Nevada for 2017-2018 Salary Incentives for Licensed Education Personnel. Click here to learn more.
  • Purchase Orders in the total amount of $1,259,160.75. This excludes two purchase orders totaling $30,000 for Data Insight Partners for having reached their $50,000 vendor maximum, per Board policy.

Trustees Hear Updates from the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission (AZAC)

The purpose of this board-appointed commission is to provide recommendations to the Superintendent of the Clark County School District concerning any necessary changes to attendance boundaries. Click here to learn more about AZAC.

AZAC’s chair shared an overview of the commission and their recent meeting updates:

  • The commission heard overwhelming concern from parents who say they are not getting information about the meetings and when they are happening. Trustees requested a review of how parents are informed.
  • Upcoming Community Input meetings:
    • 1/15/19 @ Chaparral High School, 6pm
    • 1/16/19 @ Spring Valley High School

More details can be found here.

Possible Next Step: Consider an AZAC update at the Trustee monthly meetings held in their districts.

Trustees Unanimously Approve Appointment of Dr. Linda Young to both the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition and the Debt Management Commission

The Southern Nevada Regional Planning coalition meets once a month at the County office and discusses coordination on regional issues. The Debt Management Commission oversees any increases in taxation.

Trustees Discuss Updates to Trustee Travel & Expense Policy

Updates to the policy include:

  • During the development of the annual budget, the board executive assistant, in partnership with the Chief Financial Officer and board assistant, will calculate an annual travel allocation per Trustee.
  • During the legislative session, additional funds may be allocated for Trustee travel as it is an important part of the strategic plan.
  • Trustees can request per diem in advance of travel, instead of using a credit card.

In the discussion, some Trustees expressed concerns about the ability to “share” funds among trustees, accountability measures, and the requirement to have an original receipt.

The policy will be brought back for additional discussion during the February work session.

Click here to see the policy language.

Trustees Unanimously Approve Updates to Board Policy Review Process

The updates included minor grammatical corrections and language clean-up.

Click here to see the policy language.

Trustees Approve Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between Board of Regents and CCSD for strategic partnership for college and career readiness (6-0 vote, 1 abstention)

The strategic partnership will include collaboration on:

  • Addressing barriers to student participation
  • Developing options to expand access to career & technical education for students
  • Increasing dual credit opportunities that will allow high school students to earn both high school and college credit.
  • Aligning high school English language arts and math curriculum to Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) standards

Click here to see the memo.

Trustee Cepeda abstained from the vote because of her employment with Nevada State College, but expressed full support of the partnership. In the discussion, Trustees raised questions about whether there are conflicts with Nevada Department of Education standards, and requested data to track the impact of the partnership.

Presentation: Council of Great City Schools’ Review of Clark County School District Operational Services

Dr. Michael Casserly (Executive Director) and colleagues from Council of Great City Schools presented the findings of their recent assessment of current district operational practices. The Council of Great City Schools review team included operational team members from a variety of member districts across the country.

Highlighted Commendation: Even with a history of salary and longevity freezes, many support staff members interviewed maintain a “can-do” and “caring” attitude toward their work.

Highlighted Challenge: There appears to be a culture in the district of relying on out-of-date practices with no apparent sense of urgency to bring it into the 21st century and generate needed change.

The report includes 20 total recommendations to address its findings.

Click here to see the full report.

During public comment, members of the public expressed concern that the recommendations in the report are not in line with AB469 (district reorganization), and concerns over staff treatment, which may lead to inaccurate findings.

Discussion: Operational Services Review Report Findings

Trustees thanked the Council of Great City Schools for their work and praised the value of the report. The discussion between Trustees and the Council of Great City Schools regarding the report included the following:

Concerns expressed included:

  • A clear data integrity issue with data identified in the report
  • Buildings meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements but not paying to receive formal certification.
  • Consistent communication issues across departments and missed management opportunities
  • A theme around reactive practice vs. proactive practice
  • The effects of budget cuts on efforts to address challenges

Opportunities identified included:

  • A comparison of CCSD to only the largest member Districts to see best practices and systems.
  • Leveraging reports like these as an opportunity to improve systems and processes, and to help the district take an honest look into its practices.
  • The report provides a roadmap for what challenges to focus on addressing.
    • Council of Great City Schools recommends cross-referencing with the “Gibson Report” from 10 years ago.

Click here to read about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Authorization for Principals to Fulfill Responsibilities Without the Purchase of Services from the District

The conversation on this item included concerns over potential displacement of existing staff.  Staff noted that any services not transferred as of this Board meeting will not be included in the January 15th strategic budget that will be sent to school principals.

Trustees Unanimously Approved the following Responsibilities to be transferred to school-level authorization:

  • High school credit recovery
  • Moapa Valley Farms
  • Prime 6 field trips
  • ELL Student Success Advocates

Trustees requested more information on the following services before they are transferred:

  • English Language Learner placement testing
  • FACES support services
  • Landscape maintenance

Presentation: Cultural Competency Professional Learning Within CCSD

Trustees had questions about the long-term vision of the work, and Nevada Department of Education liaisons training the trainers.

Trustees also requested information on the training’s impact on student achievement.

Click here to see the full presentation.


Potential Future Items:

  • Attendance Zone Advisory Commission meeting outreach
  • Film ratings allowed to be shown in school
  • Details on support staff separations

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