Nevada Ed-Watch 3/28/19

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, March 28, 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:

  • Request for support of the Legacy Project at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts to improve the infrastructure of the school site.
  • Concerns about alleged racial threats at Arbor View, and a lack of ethnic and diversity content in instruction.
    • Request for Trustees to lead with conviction, integrity, courage, and as positive role models for kids.
  • Concerns about bias in the employee discipline process.
  • Request to put Sandy Valley back in the Capital Improvement Program.
  • Concerns about lack of African American representation in leadership roles and on committees.
  • Training for support staff to pursue other positions in the event of a surplus.
  • Concerns about funding.

In response to some of the public remarks, Superintendent Jara provided updates on resolutions in response to racist activity and safety threats. His comments referenced a district-wide code of conduct and a school justice partnership as actions taken so far to address the disproportionality of student disciplinary actions.

Superintendent Jara also discussed implementing cultural responsiveness and implicit bias training for CCSD staff, in partnership with national experts, to address racial issues across all schools.

Trustees Hear Updates From the Student Advisory Committee

The Student Advisory Committee Vice Chair shared updates with Trustees on their last meeting, which included:

  • Discussed mental health services and suicide prevention routines.
  • Discussed the role of school social workers in schools.
  • Proposed creating a conference to provide training on identifying signs of students needing emotional help.

Trustees Hear Presentation on Budget Forecast Updates

Trustees heard a brief presentation from CCSD’s Chief Financial Officer, which included highlights from the amended final budget, and an overview of revenue projections and current budget.  

Click here to see the presentation.

Public Comment: One member of the public expressed concern about a lack of engagement from school-level staff at the legislative session related to budget advocacy.

Trustee Reports

Board Members report on committee meetings, events, or activities they have attended since the last regular Board meeting.

  • School Naming Committee had a discussion on possible changes to school naming policy.
  • Trustees attended a recent trip to the capitol, where they attended workshops to learn about other large urban districts, education funding, and federal legislative updates that could impact local school districts.
  • BE Engaged (Business + Education) conference was reported to be informative and inspiring around the work of partnerships and programs like Closets in Schools (providing food and supplies for students) and Green our Planet (a STEM-based school garden program).
  • Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) held a couple meetings, where they elected a new President and Vice President, and had numerous parents and students attend to speak on behalf of their schools.
  • Southern Nevada Regional planning meeting, including presentations from Get Outdoors Nevada, Renewable Energy & Southern Nevada Strong. There is a planning session next week to determine future focus areas.

Board and Superintendent Communication

  • There will be a Council of Great City Schools conference held in June with staff, directors, and associate superintendents focused on reviewing what other school systems are doing. There has also been an effort from the Council to oppose the addition of questions on census 2020 related to citizenship.
  • Superintendent Jara shared a draft letter on the tentative 2019 school year budget. There will be a presentation on this led by the Chief Financial Officer on April 3rd. Trustees must approve a final budget by the end of May.
  • There is alignment between CCSD and the Governor around prioritizing employee salary increases. The tentative budget does not include salary increase funding, as they would require new funding or cuts to existing services. The Superintendent is working with Trustees to create a transparent process to develop options to allow salary increases to staff and teachers. The Superintendent is also working with the Governor’s office and Speaker Jason Frierson to identify potential solutions.

  • Two new members of the CCSD instructional team, Karla Loria and Sam Scavella, introduced themselves to Trustees.

Potential Future Agenda Items

  • Updates from the Florence McClure Women’s Cultural Enrichment Program
  • Updates from the Safety Advisory Committee
  • Review of response processes if schools receive safety threats
  • Review building specifications and efficiencies of savings (related to building costs)
  • Process to fix structural damage on school properties.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 3/14/19

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, March 14, 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:

  • Funding a Legacy Project at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts to improve the safety and infrastructure of the school site.
  • Discrimination concerns at Tarkanian Middle School
  • Employee morale and pay concerns
  • Introduction of new Associate Superintendent, Anne Hembrick

Trustees Unanimously Approve the Consent Agenda

Trustees pulled the following items from the Consent Agenda for discussion:

  • Approval of an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CCSD and the UNLV College of Education that will allow high school students to enroll in courses at the College of Education prior to graduating high school (the Rebel TEACH program). Schools will cover the $50 course fee (through Title I or general fund) for students eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL). Click here to see the agreement.
  • Approval to pay $2,352,000.00 to cover Advanced Placement (AP) exam fees for over 19,000 high school students.
  • Concerns regarding disproportionality of minority students being expelled.

Trustees Unanimously Approve Guardrails and Expectations Agreement with the Superintendent

Trustees approved the Guardrails page of an agreement developed from multiple discussions at Board retreats to improve communications and set clear expectations with the Superintendent.

Trustees Approve Revisions to the Sex Education Advisory Committee Bylaws (6-1 vote)   

The updates were related to the composition and role of the Recommending Committee, as it relates to recommending members for the Sex Education Advisory Committee. Each Trustee will appoint one person from their district to serve on the Sex Education Advisory Committee. No more than two members from each Trustee district can be recommended to the Sex Education Advisory Committee.

The Sex Education Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing the content and materials used in instruction related to the human reproductive system, communicable diseases, sexual responsibility, and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

Click here to see the bylaws.

Trustees Approve April 22nd as Make-Up Day (5-2 vote)

April 22nd will make-up the snow day on February 22. The Superintendent will send an email to principals stating that teachers cannot be penalized for taking  a personal day on April 22nd. The Superintendent will also work with the support staff union to ensure they also receive make-up time.

The 2019 Spring Break schedule has been modified to run from April 13 to April 21.

Trustees Unanimously Approve Performance Pay for Principals Recruited to Eligible Schools (a 3-Year Pilot Program)

Trustees approved a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) with the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-technical Employees for principals leading targeted schools to receive recruitment and retention supplemental pay based on school-improvement criteria.

Supplemental Pay Criteria Highlights:

  • A recruitment stipend ($12,500) if the school’s star rating improves by 2 levels (from a 1-star to a 3-star), or if the rating improves more than 2 levels (to a star rating of 4 or 5).
  • A retention stipend ($12,500) if the school’s star rating improves from a 3-star to a 4- or 5-star.
  • An additional $5,000 if the schools star rating remains a 3, 4, or 5.

Eligible schools are:

  • Harold Brinley Middle School
  • Carroll Johnston Middle School
  • Jerome Mack 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)

Click here to see the agreement.

Trustees Unanimously Approved a New Provision Regarding a Ready By Grade Three Full-Time Learning Strategist

Trustees approved entering a Memorandum of Understanding with the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) to exempt the full-time learning strategist position from the Read by Grade Three provisions.

Click here to see the agreement.


Potential Future Items:

  • Facilities Repair Index List
  • Guidance on NSPF changes
  • Contingency Days
  • Risk Management Plan

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Nevada Ed-Watch 3/12/19

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.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Board Heard Legislative Updates

The Acting State Superintendent provided updates on the bills listed below that the Department is engaging with this legislative session:

  • AB78: Joint bill between the Department and the State Public Charter School Authority that focuses on:
    • Clear lines of authority and accountability
    • Equitable enrollment and access
    • Clarified role of SPCSA as a Local Education Agency (LEA)
    • Appointment of 2 State Board members to the SPCSA Board
    • Merging the two state authorizers: the NV Achievement school District and the SPCSA
  • SB89: Related to School Safety
  • AB79: Related to Chronic Absenteeism
  • AB67: Related to Achievement Charter Schools
  • AB38: Related to Reporting Drug Overdoses
  • SB84: Related to Pre K  
  • AB88: Related to Enrollment
  • AB72 Related to Turnaround Schools
  • SB41: Related to Licensure
  • AB147: Related to English Mastery Council
  • BDR 34-824: Related to funding formula

Board Approved the Consent Agenda, which included:

  • Approval of Commission on Professional Standards adopted regulations
  • Approval of the renewal of Lander County School District’s request for Academic Credit for Career and Technical Education Agricultural coursework.
  • Approval of the protocol and form “Application for Approval” to authorize new Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
  • Approval of the relinquishment of license to operate a Private Education Institution for Northwest Academy

Board Interviewed Finalists for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Position

Board members conducted interviews with the following semi-finalists:

  • Brett Barley
  • David Donaldson
  • Jhone Ebert
  • Seng-Dao Yang Keo
  • Kristen McNeill
  • Marion Smith Jr.

The following 3 candidates were selected for Governor Sisolak’s consideration, in no particular order:

  • Brett Barley
  • Jhone Ebert
  • Seng-Dao Yang Keo

Click here to read about this in a Nevada Department of Education press release.

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

Click here to read about this in the Nevada Independent.


Future Agenda Items:

  • Updated presentation on the ESSA Plan
  • Pending Legislation

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Nevada Ed-Watch 3/11/19

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.


Monday, March 11, 2019
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

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

The Authorizing Team provided the following updates to the Board:

  • Academic Performance Framework & Organizational Framework
    • The workgroups on each of the frameworks have met once and will continue to meet over the next few months.
    • Both frameworks will be completed by June and implemented in school year 2019-20.

  • Changes to the Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) for school year 2018-2019 
    • The Nevada Department of Education is implementing changes to the NSPF, which will be released in the Fall. Note: the NSPF workbook with more details will be released in April 2019.
      • The team updated the Board on 3 key areas that will be updated:
        • Changing the business rules around how long a child must be enrolled in order to count towards a school’s performance data.
        • Rating schools that have low ‘N’ counts, or schools that don’t have tested grades.
        • Readjusting the penalty structure for schools that don’t meet the 95% participation requirements.
  • Site Evaluations
    • The team completed 9 SPCSA school site evaluations since January 22nd. They will have 10 visits completed by end of the week, and 6 visits remaining for March-April. On average, the team has completed 1 site evaluation per week.
  • Revolving Loan
    • The team provided an update regarding lending funds to schools for costs approved in the charter application, such as preparing for the first year of operations and recruiting talent.
      • The loan application deadline is Friday. Any charter school under any authorizer can apply. Funding decisions will be made in May.
  • New Charter Applicants
    • There is 1 applicant currently in the charter application process.
    • 11 Letters of Intent to apply for charter authorization have been submitted to-date for the current application cycle. The deadline is Friday, March 15.

The School Support Team provided the following updates to the Board:

  • Site Visits
    • The team conducted 10 school site visits this week. The purpose of these visits is to discuss providing technical support to ensure school success, specifically around special programs like Individualized Education and 504 Plans, and services for English Language Learners.
  • Conferences and Trainings
    • The team attended crisis prevention institute training.
  • Technical Support for Schools
    • The team is continuing to work with schools to facilitate solutions to parent concerns, and support schools to meet Nevada Department of Education reporting requirements.

The Legal Team provided the following updates to the Board:

  • Executive Director Search and Recruitment
    • The Board interviewed candidates for the Executive Director position on March 8, selecting 3 finalists to forward to the Governor for final review and appointment.  The letter to the Governor is currently being drafted.

The Board Heard 2019 Legislative Updates

The SPCSA has jointly filed SB78 with the Nevada Department of Education. The bill includes consolidating and combining the SPCSA and the Nevada ASD in an effort to increase equitable access to high quality charter schools for all students.

Click here to see the bill and the amendments.

Click here to see a technical summary of the proposed revisions to AB78.

Click here to see the proposed Conceptual Amendment to AB78.

The SPCSA is also tracking the following (click the links to access each bill):

  • AB70: Related to Nevada Open Meeting Law
  • AB168: Related to student discipline
  • AB 213: Allows for public charter school students to obtain their driver’s licenses at age 14 under certain circumstances
  • SB57: Related to school safety
  • SB89: Related to accountability for public schools
  • BDR 34-392: Related to separate regulation of online public charter schools. Discussion on BDR 34-392 included:
    • The Board has done a lot of accountability work regarding virtual schools, with some success. They expressed that having an additional accountability tool would be helpful.
    • The Board also expressed support for schools that are open to all students and are serving them well, and facing consequences, (including closure) if they are not.

The Board Heard a Staff Presentation About the Charter Amendment Process and Proposed Updates

The SPCSA currently has 11 different amendment applications that are specific to different types of amendments (i.e. expanding enrollment to new grades or school name changes).

The staff proposed streamlining the charter amendment process to just one application that is broken down into multiple amendment categories (i.e. facilities, enrollment, and academic).

There will still be a high expectation of quality in applications, two amendment cycles, and an option for schools to submit good cause exemptions.

Click here to download the presentation.

The Board Heard a Staff Presentation About the SPCSA Strategic Planning Process

Staff members informed the Board that the SPCSA’s current Strategic plan will expire in 2020. The staff will present a formal timeline in June or July to establish a new strategic plan over the next year.

Click here to see the current plan.


Future Items:

  • July: Presentation on accountability measures for schools
  • August: NSPF Primer
  • September or October: NSPF Results

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 3/8/19

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, March 8, 2019
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

The Board Interviewed Candidates for SPCSA Executive Director Position

The Board interviewed five Executive Director applicants who were selected at the January 18, 2019 Authority Board meeting.

After deliberating, the Board selected the following three candidates, listed in order of their preference, whose names will be submitted to Governor Sisolak for review and final appointment:

  1. Rebecca Feiden (unanimous vote)
  2. Mark Modrcin (unanimous vote)
  3. Sami Randolph (5:1 vote)

Click here to see the application packets provided by the applicants.


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Nevada Ed-Watch 3/5/19

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.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Nevada State Board of Education Hiring Sub-Committee Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Hiring Sub-Committee Selects Semi-Finalists for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Position

The Hiring Sub-Committee is made up of the following Board Members:

  • Member Newburn, chair
  • Member Ortiz, vice chair
  • Member Holmes-Sutton, parent representative
  • Member Hudson, voice of teachers
  • Member Carter, member from the north

Sub-Committee members voted for the State Board to interview the following semi-finalists for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction position:

  • David Donaldson
  • Marion Smith Jr.
  • Jhone Ebert
  • Kristen McNeill
  • Brett Barley
  • Seng-Dao Yang Keo

Tammy Malich and Icela Pelayo were selected as alternative candidates (in that order) to be interviewed in the event that anyone from the above list declines an interview.

Interviews will take place at the State Board meeting on March 12th. Then, three candidates will be selected to be submitted to the Governor’s office for final selection.

Board members are submitting interview questions for review by Human Resources and General Council. Questions will not be publicly available and the Board will not see the final round of questions until the meeting next week.

Read more about this in the Review Journal

Read more about this in the Nevada Independent


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Nevada Ed-Watch 2/28/19

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, February 28, 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:

  • Requesting a consideration for snow delay instead of cancellation (snow days)
  • Affordable health insurance for support staff
  • Concerns about future cuts to employee pay or to school supports like Zoom
  • Interest in knowing more about the District’s legislative plan
  • Recognition for Trustee Young from the organization 100 Black Men
  • Ensuring diversity, inclusion, and equal representation on all boards and committees
  • Integration of programs and opportunities for career exploration in middle school
  • Building repairs for Las Vegas Academy
  • Concerns about playground closures and timeline for repairs
  • Support of the District’s strategic plan
  • Professional development opportunities for support staff

Trustees Unanimously Approve the Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights:

  • Chinese Guest Teacher Program, which assists schools in the United States in developing Chinese language and culture study programs. There are seven CCSD schools and 19 teachers currently involved in the program.

Trustees Hear Report from the Student Advisory Committee

The Student Advisory Committee Chair shared updates with Trustees on their last meeting, which included:

  • A presentation about the school justice partnership program and implicit bias training
  • Hearing from other students about their experiences with the popularity of vaping and its health risks. The committee also discussed possible solutions, such as placing collateral in bathroom stalls about the harmful effects of vaping

Trustees Approve a Review of Policy for Use of District Buildings, Grounds, and Equipment by Non-School Groups

Discussion among Trustees included concerns about liabilities, visiting groups trashing or damaging school property, and ensuring more community input in decision making.

Trustees approved having staff review the policy, hear community input, and come back with recommendations to include for future modifications to the regulation.

Click here to see the regulation.

Trustees Unanimously Approve a Timeline Extension for the Formative Superintendent and Board Performance Assessment Policy

The Superintendent and Board Performance Assessment includes various qualitative and quantitative data that allows the District and Board to monitor the progress of Superintendent and Board performance.

The assessment timeline outlined in the policy was approved to be waived for 3-months. After the 3-month period, a plan will be brought back to Trustees for discussion.

Click here to see the policy.

Trustees Unanimously Approve Implementation of CCSD 5-Year Strategic Plan (Focus 2024)

Superintendent Jara presented an overview of the District’s 5-Year Strategic Plan, Focus 2024.

Discussion among Trustees and the Superintendent included the use of data to track progress, and concerns and questions about funding some of the strategies outlined in the plan. One of the District’s strategies is to establish a plan for reallocation of resources.

The discussion also included identifying opportunities to partner with business communities to support student attendance, and ensuring individual schools can access their data to inform their planning and decision making.

Public Comment– Members of the public provided testimony to Trustees regarding:

  • Focusing on success for all students, including students learning to speak English
  • Ensuring family engagement is centered in schools, not just district-wide implementation (like FACES), and treating parents as equal partners to provide input and participate
  • Communicating with support staff beyond email exchanges

Click here to see the Focus 2024 Strategic Plan.

Trustees Unanimously Approve 3 Employment Agreements

Trustees approved the following employment agreements (click on the links to see the employment agreements):

Trustees Unanimously Approve Amendments to 2 Purchasing Policies

The amendments include non-substantive language updates to the following purchasing policies:

Trustee Reports

Trustees spoke about positive engagement throughout Nevada Reading Week, and thanked the community for getting involved.

Board and Superintendent Communication

Superintendent Jara plans to bring a recommended date to the next Board meeting, likely March 22, to make up for the snow day.


Potential Future Items:

  • Request for information about:
    • the approval process for teacher CU’s
    • the ladder of communications between equity/diversity and curriculum
    • differences between funding and supports offered for CTA and select schools versus traditional schools
  • Present the reorganization policy in a matrix format to clarify board roles and address inconsistencies in board policies; Start with an electronic platform for each trustee to read policies and make comments that will be released to public
  • Request for roundtable meetings to hear more from teachers and support staff about issues they are facing, and having conversations about professional development
  • Suggest a recurring regular legislation Board meeting agenda item during legislative session

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