Nevada Ed-Watch 7/29/20

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.


Tuesday, July 29, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Special Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, rather an oral summary of the comments was provided to Trustees.

  • Click here to view public comment on agenda item 3.01
  • Click here to view public comment on agenda item 3.02
  • Click here to view public comment on agenda item 3.03
  • Click here & here to view public comment on non-agenda items

Trustees Discussed District Relationship with State and Department of Education 

Assembly Bill 2 (AB2) of the 31st Nevada Legislative Special Session proposed using individual school carry-forward dollars to fill budget cuts for the district due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools were granted the ability to maintain a fund balance from year to year based on Assembly Bill 469 (2017).  AB2 did not pass, and was subject to controversy regarding who initiated the bill and whether Superintendent Jara misrepresented the role of CCSD in putting the bill forward.  

Trustees discussed the potential impact of alleged misrepresentation by Superintendent Jara. Some Trustees expressed concern that the public and private discourse related to AB2 damaged the District’s relationship with Legislators, the Nevada Department of Education, and the Governor’s office. Other trustees asserted that major projects are underway with the Nevada Department of Education, and that tension has historically existed between CCSD and the Nevada Legislature regarding the funding of schools, specifically in times of revenue shortfalls. 

Trustees referenced Balanced Governance policies to identify the role of the board in the communication process regarding potential bills to be brought forward to the legislature, as well as the Board’s intention to speak as one voice on all matters related to the district and directives to the Superintendent. No action was taken on this item. 

Click here to review the timeline provided by CCSD 
Click here to review the timeline submitted by Trustees 
Click here to view all reference documents 

Trustees Discussed Representations of Reopening Plan 

Based on guidance provided by the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) on June 24, 2020,  multiple interpretations surfaced regarding whether CCSD was required to submit a plan of learning in school year 2020-21 for approval that included 3 scenarios for reopening: distance learning only, hybrid learning, and in-person learning. Citing the NDE’s directive that districts or schools that do not submit adequate plans would be subject to escalating intervention (including revocation of a school district or school’s authority to implement education plans in cases of significant non-compliance), Trustees discussed the difference between submitting a plan for approval versus submitting a plan for review, and the associated consequences. Trustees also discussed confusion that arose from multiple disparate communications among individual Trustees and NDE staff, CCSD staff, Superintendent Jara, and State Superintendent Ebert.  

Before the transition from agenda item 3.02 to agenda item 3.03, Trustees voted 4-3 to adjourn the meeting prior to reviewing the final item: Termination for Convenience of the Employment Contract with Dr. Jesus F. Jara. 

Click here to view reference documents 
Click here to read about this in the Nevada Independent
Click here to read about this in the Las Vegas Review Journal 


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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 nine 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– 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 (1st floor boardroom). Members of the public are invited to attend at either location. A time for public comment is provided at the conclusion of each agenda item and at the conclusion 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.

Alternatively, public comment may be submitted in writing at publiccomment@spcsa.nv.gov, and any such public comment received prior to the meeting will be provided to the Authority and included in the written minutes of the meeting.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA Members.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA sponsored schools.


Friday, June 26, 2020
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda 

Members of the public submitted comment online regarding: 

  • Support for requiring schools to open with distance learning only  

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report: 

Report Highlights: 

  • Response to COVID-19 pandemic and the reopening of schools 
    • SPCSA has received 27 of 37 reopening plans for review. Individual school plans are available on school websites. Click here to view the minimum approval requirements. The majority of schools are planning to open with a hybrid online/in-person model, with at least one school intending to open fully in person and at least one school intending to open completely virtual. SPCSA staff is continuing to monitor any changes or announcements that could impact SPCSA-sponsored schools. Click here to see the full COVID-19 update. 
  • Applications & Expansions 
    • Five charter applications were submitted for the summer application cycle. Application review will begin in August. 
    • American Preparatory Academy, Mater Academy, and Nevada State High School have been approved for expansions for Fall 2020.
  • Site Evaluation Process and Improvements for the 2020-21 School Year 
    • SPCSA staff engaged with school leaders, board members, and other authorizers to identify refinements to site evaluations. Staff will bring recommendations to the August board meeting. The recommendations will include updates to the document review items and classroom observations. SPCSA will conduct 39 site evaluations next year. 
  • 31st (2020) Special Session of the Nevada Legislature 
    • Upon the close of the special session, substantial cuts were made to the Read by Grade 3 and SB178 funds. However, $50 million of CARES Act funding was directed to support students that fall into specific categories including ELL, FRL, proficiency below the 25th percentile, and attends a school that rates in the bottom 10% in the State. 

Board Heard Updates & Approved Amendments from Charter Schools Launching Fall 2020

SPCSA board members heard from school leaders & board members of three approved SPCSA schools opening for the 2020-2021 school year. 

  • Pinecrest Academy of Northern Nevada 
    • Pinecrest Academy of Northern Nevada has satisfied requirements set by the SPCSA for opening. They have met projected enrollment targets for all grades but 7th. They have an approved agreement with the Boys & Girls Club to support student meals and transportation. Click here to see the full update. 
  • Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS)
    • GALS has enrolled 90 students, and is on track to meet enrollment targets for opening. They plan to open on August 10 with both a hybrid and online-only option. With regards to diversity, 16% of GALS enrolled students who have an IEP, and 35% are English Language Learners. Click here to see the full update.  
  • Explore Academy  
    • SPCSA board granted Explore Academy a good cause exemption to amend their enrollment cap from 330 students for the start of the 2020-2021 school year to 150. Explore Academy staff feel confident that they can reach this enrollment number and that they can operate feasibly with 150 students. Click here to see the full update. Click here to see SPCSA staff’s recommendation memo. 

Board Approved American Preparatory Academy New School Name & Configuration

The SPCSA board granted American Preparatory Academy a good cause exemption to amend their school name to Amplus Academy. Additionally, the board approved changes to the grade configuration of their two campuses. One campus will now house all classes for grades K-3 with the other housing grades 4-12. School leaders plan to submit an additional amendment that includes a plan to fulfill the responsibilities of their former Education Management Organization (EMO).  The SPCSA board approved a separation from their EMO at the June 26th board meeting

Board Heard Update From Schools Under or Previously Under Receivership 

Argent Preparatory Academy’s former school building is currently under contract for sale. This is the former school’s final asset. The sale is expected to close in September 2020. 

Quest Preparatory Academy is in the process of reconstituting their board, and have confirmed five new members. Additionally, Quest’s Alexander campus is under contract for sale. The sale is expected to close in October 2020. 

Click here to see the full update

Board Heard Update on Nevada Connections Academy

Nevada Connections Academy staff provided the SPCSA with an update on efforts to improve student outcomes and the school’s star rating. NCA anticipates reaching 2-stars in the 2020-2021 school year and 3-stars for 2021-2022. NCA has made adjustments to their escalation system, which is used to monitor student progress, attendance, and performance. These adjustments reduce the amount of time between a student falling behind and interventions being put into place. 

SPCSA board members discussed the importance of the school’s board providing oversight on metrics related to student achievement. If the school receives a 1-star rating, their charter contract will be subject to termination. 

Click here to download the presentation

Board Discussed Priority to Serving All Students Equitably 

SPCSA staff facilitated a discussion with board members regarding ways the authority can ensure all students in SPCSA-sponsored schools are being served equitably. Suggestions from board members included changes to Site Evaluation observations and focus groups, regular review of disaggregated annual discipline data, and exploring SPCSA-supported training options on inclusion, implicit bias, and anti-racism. The board also discussed the need to be transparent with families and the community about progress towards equitably serving all students. SPCSA staff will bring this item back for discussion at the August meeting to further identify concepts and ideas to move forward on. 

Click here to see discipline and achievement data

Board Discussed Potential Updates to Growth Management Plan and Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment 

NRS 388A requires that the SPSCA Growth Management Plan be reviewed and revised at least biennially and the Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment be updated each year. Updates to the Growth Management Plan will include a strong stakeholder engagement strategy to deepen relationships with communities throughout the State. Updates to the Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment will include new demographic data published by the Department of Education in addition to needs assessment maps and tools that can be leveraged by stakeholders. Board members also discussed including economic development metrics in the needs assessment. 

Click here to see supporting documents

Board Heard Overview of Charter School Renewal Process

SPCSA-authorized schools up for renewal submit a letter of intent and application to renew in the fall. Within 60 days, SPSA staff review renewal applications and provide renewal recommendations to the board before December 15. When reviewing renewal applications, SPCSA staff look at the school’s academic, organizational, and financial performance, site evaluation findings, and other information provided by the school. 

Click here to download the presentation. 

Board Approves Updates for Nevada Virtual Academy

Nevada Virtual Academy is a fully online school that has been in operation in Nevada since 2007. They serve 1,300 students in grades 6-12 and have consistently received 3-star ratings for their middle and high school since 2016-2017 school year. 

The board approved staff recommendation to dismiss litigation between the  SPCSA and Nevada Virtual Academy. This settlement requires each party to pay for their own legal fees. Additionally, the board approved amendments to NVA’s charter contract term to end June 30, 2024 and increase their enrollment cap from 1,790 students to 2,100. Finally, the amendment removes a provision that the school will be closed if they are rated 2-stars for two years in a row. 

Click here to see SPCSA staff recommendations 
Click here to see the amended contract 
Click here to see the settlement agreement


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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 2020 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.


Thursday, July 23, 2020
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided testimony via email submission regarding: 

  • Concerns about inequities in technology and device access
  • Concerns about quality supports for diverse learners  
  • Concerns for students who have not been reached since school buildings closed 
  • Concerns about Speech Language Pathologists’ max caseloads

President’s Report

President Wynn introduced and welcomed two new board members:

  • Alex Gallegos, Student Representative
  • Wayne Workman, Nevada Association of School Superintendents Appointee

Superintendent’s Report

State Superintendent Ebert report highlights:

  • Funding
    • During the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature, Assembly Bill 3  (AB3) directed $50 million in CARES Act funding to a grant program to be administered by the Nevada Department of Education. School districts can apply for funds to support programs that serve vulnerable students. Funds will be distributed to districts once eligible students are identified. The bill also prioritizes what cuts will be restored if additional funding relief is provided, and listed funding for the weighted funding formula for K-12 and Read by Grade Three as the top two funding priorities, respectively. 
    • The Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund allocated $26 million for P-20 education. A portion of those dollars were set aside to purchase a statewide Learning Management System. Other funds have been used to backfill Pre-K. 
    • The US Department of Education has approved the Perkins V Plan for the State of Nevada and the 2020 Workforce Innovation Act Unified State Plan
  • School Reopening Plans 
    • Under Governor Directive O22, reopening plans must be submitted to the Department no more than 20 days before school opens. Clark County, Eureka, Nye, and Washoe County school districts have submitted their certifications with their plans.
  • Nevada Digital Learning Collaborative and Digital Engineers
    • The Nevada Digital Learning Collaborative has expanded to include 20 new members who represent diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, speak multiple languages, and represent additional counties in Nevada. 
    • Digital Engineers are currently planning a virtual learning conference in September, likely centered around the theme “Building Relationships in the Digital Space”  
    • The Department of Education has leveraged CARES Act funding to provide a statewide Learning Management System (LMS) for districts to access curriculum and content. Six school districts have expressed interest in leveraging the statewide LMS. The Clark County School District will provide content for grades 6-12. 
    • To compliment LMS, the Department has purchased high quality digital content through Discovery Education that is accessible to every student and educator throughout the state and can be accessed with or without a LMS.
  • Community Partnerships 
    • Superintendent Ebert recognized United Way of Southern Nevada, United Way of Northern Nevada, Vegas PBS, and PBS Reno for their efforts to support families and students throughout the pandemic. 

Board members discussed the importance of ensuring that the quality of digital learning continues to improve. The Board has requested frequent updates from each district regarding (1) internet connectivity (2) availability and distribution of learning devices (3) teacher training (4) how the Department and districts plan to assess student success and (5) instructional delivery to vulnerable students. 

Board Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Board Heard Updates from the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation & Technology (OSIT) 

The Director of OSIT provided the board with updates related to efforts to ensure students in Nevada are connected to devices and have adequate internet to support online learning. OSIT is working to connect families through: 

  • Community wireless infrastructure for groups of students living near one another, including broadcasting WiFi networks within school buildings to be available to students in neighborhoods surrounding the school;
  • Wireless hotspots for individual students identified by school districts; and  
  • Subsidized home internet service providers. 

Additional federal assistance dollars are under negotiation to support Wifi hotspots, connected devices, and support for home broadband connections.

Click here to view the presentation 

Board Heard Update from Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup of the Nevada State Board of Education

The purpose of the workgroup is to address systemic racism in Nevada’s education system that affects students of color, including components such as teacher diversity, discipline practices, and access to technology. The first meeting on the workgroup focused on discussion priorities including: 

  • Upcoming budget cuts; 
  • Supports for with IEPs;
  • Teaching training on distance learning pedagogy; 
  • Ensuring students have support systems and social connections throughout distance learning; and 
  • Equity training for the Department and Board. 

The Board approved a letter to Nevada Legislators and Nevada’s Congressional Delegation representatives requesting “support in identifying funding and incentivizing internet providers to address the increasing urgency of Nevada’s digital divide.”

Board Approved the Statewide Plan for Improvement of Pupils (STIP)

NDE staff provided an updated version of the STIP that includes language changes as directed by the board at the June 4th meeting. Changes were focused on ensuring language used in the STIP is person-first, equity driven, and public-friendly.

Click here to view the STIP
Click here to view the changes 
Click here to view the presentation 

Board Approved Delta Academy for Alternative Performance Framework 

Public schools in Nevada are rated under either the Nevada State Performance Framework (NSPF) or the Alternative Performance Framework (APF). According to NRS 285A.740, schools that are eligible for the Alternative Performance Framework must have a stated mission to serve at-risk students, with at least 75% of students that: 

  • Have been expelled or suspended from a public school;  
  • Have been deemed to be a habitual disciplinary problem; 
  • Are academically disadvantaged;
  • Have been adjudicated delinquent; and/or 
  • Have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  

Delta Academy will be rated under the Alternative Performance Framework starting in the 2020-2021 school year. They are required to reapply to continue to be rated on the APF in 3 years. 

Click here to view the presentation

Board Heard Update From Teach Plus Nevada 

The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. Teach Plus Nevada staff and Senior Policy Fellows presented their policy and advocacy activities throughout 2020, including: 

Click here to view the presentation, including recommendations.

Requests For Future Agenda Items 

  • Ongoing reports from school districts on the implementation of distance learning

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Nevada Ed-Watch 7/22/20

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.


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Special Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, and rather an oral summary of the comments was provided to Trustees.

Public Comment

Members of the public submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, and rather an oral summary of each comment was provided to Trustees.

  • Click here to view public comment submitted between July 15 – July 20
  • Click here to view public comment submitted on between July 19- July 20
  • Click here & here to view public comment submitted on July 21
  • Click here to view posted public comment non-agenda items.

Trustees Approve Distance Learning for First 90 Days of 2020-2021 School Year 

Trustees were provided with two potential models to choose from for the start of the 2020-2021 school year: Full Distance Education or Hybrid Distance Education. The options presented align with the current State reopening phase. After consideration of the status of the pandemic, Trustees voted to begin the school year with distance learning only, for at least the first 90 days of school. The approval includes: 

  • Status updates on data and trends related to COVID-19 every 30 days 
  • Allowance of rural community schools to return to hybrid or face-to-face instruction if certain health and safety criteria are met 
  • Option for schools to conduct hybrid or in-person professional development  

Trustees expressed ongoing concerns with device and internet connectivity for students and teachers. 

Click here to view the presentation.

Click here to read about this in The Nevada Independent

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

Trustees Approve Hybrid Professional Development 

Trustees discussed three potential options for delivery of mandatory professional development that will occur between August 5 and August 21: in person, teleworking (online), or hybrid teleworking. Trustees discussed the various health and safety risks associated with in-person professional development. They also discussed the need to be sensitive to employees who may not be comfortable attending in-person professional development if a hybrid option is available. 

Aligned to the direction they provided regarding distance learning, Trustees approved the hybrid teleworking option. Trustees provided specific direction to CCSD staff that: 

  • Individual employees will have the final decision on attending professional development in person or online
  • Administrators should be sensitive in their communication and respectful of individual employees’ decisions to attend professional development in person or online 
  • All health and safety guidelines should be followed for any in-person opportunities

Click here to view the presentation. 

Trustees Approve Instructional Scheduling for Secondary Students

Staff provided Trustees with three potential options for instructional scheduling for middle and high schools for the 2020-2021 school year: Four semester-based courses, traditional six year-long courses, or six to eight year-long courses with principal discretion. Trustees voted to move to four semester-based courses for middle schools, and six to eight year-long courses for high schools. High schools will be allowed to continue to leverage alternative scheduling models  for year-long courses based on the needs of the school.  

 Click here to view the presentation.


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Nevada Ed-Watch 7/10/20

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, July 9, 2020

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 submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, and rather an oral summary of the comments was provided to Trustees.

Public Comment

Members of the public submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, and rather an oral summary of each comment was provided to Trustees.

Click the following to view posted public comment on agenda items. 

  • Click here to view public comment submitted between July 2 – July 7
  • Click here to view public comment submitted between July 7 – July 8
  • Click here to view public comment submitted between July 8 – July 9
  • Click here to view public comment submitted on July 9 between 10:00AM and 11:00AM
  • Click here to view public comment submitted on July 9 between 11:00AM and 12:00PM

There was no public comment provided on non-agenda items.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights: 

Trustees Approve Continuation of Services with NWEA (5-2)

The services include comprehensive school-based supports to implement the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth assessment to improve student achievement. This approval included acceptance of a private donation of $3.15 million dollars to fund the contract. Trustees discussed the need to review policies for accepting anonymous donations.

Click here to view the supplementary material

Trustees Approved School and Facility Name Updates 

CCSD policy allows for the renaming of school buildings under certain conditions, and allows for the naming of specific facilities within a school building. Trustees approved the following updates:  

  • Renaming of K.O. Knudsen Middle School to K.O. Knudsen Academy of the Arts
  • Renaming of Jo Mackey Elementary School to Jo Mackey iLead Academy for Digital Sciences 
  • Naming of the library at Carroll M. Johnston Middle School: Kelda’s Book Garden
  • Naming of the Community Room 102 at Vegas PBS: Yao Yuan Sze Community Room
  • Naming of the administrative office at Moapa Valley High School: Doc and Jean Moses Administrative Office
  • Naming of the cafeteria at C.C. Ronnow Elementary School: Ronaldo Cesa Cafeteria

Trustees Approved Three Year Charter School Site Evaluation Report 

Trustees approved the Three Year Report of Charter School Performance to be submitted to the Nevada Department of Education in compliance with NRS 388A.223. The report includes a summary of academic, financial, and organizational/operational ratings for each CCSD authorized public charter school. 

Click here to view the report 
Click here to view the presentation 

Trustees Approved Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Education Support Employees Association (ESEA)  

The MOA completes negotiations between CCSD and ESEA for the 2019-2021 contract years. Highlights of the MOA include: 

  • CCSD will provide duty-free time for all mandatory training.
  • CCSD will provide new employee information to the union. 
  • Changes to Progressive Discipline to provide that the progressive discipline process may start after the (current) twenty-five (25) day limitation if the infraction is considered to be serious. 

Click here to view the MOA

Trustees Approved CCSD’s 2021 Legislative Platform 

CCSD staff provided Trustees with an updated version of the Legislative Platform that included feedback provided by Trustees at the June 11, 2020 Board Meeting. The approved platform  covers priorities related to school funding, improved learning environments, school safety & mental health. 

Click here to view the approved legislative platform 

Trustees Discussed 2021 Bill Draft Requests

CCSD Trustees are allowed two Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) each regular biennial legislative session. Based on initial input by Trustees, CCSD staff proposed focusing on student mental health supports and internet connectivity. Each BDR proposal included items that will require additional funding. Trustees discussed the plausibility of submitting BDRs that require a fiscal note in a time of economic downturn in Nevada. CCSD staff will present the final bill drafts to trustees for approval at the August 13, 2020 meeting.

Click here to view the presentation

Trustees Heard an Update on the Clark County School Justice Partnership

Trustees were presented with an update on the Social Justice Partnership by the Chief of the Juvenile Division of the office of the Clark County District Attorney. The Clark County School Justice Partnership (SJP), approved August 23, 2018, is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CCSD, the Department of Juvenile Justice Services, and the District Attorney’s Office. The purpose of the SJP is to align multiple agencies in order to minimize student involvement with the juvenile justice system, reduce recidivism rates, and holistically address disproportionate punitive discipline for students of color. 

The SJP has been attributed to a 28% decrease in student arrests and citations and a 70% decrease in juvenile citations since the 2015-2016 school year.

Most common student referrals to the Juvenile Justice:

  1. Habitual truancy 
  2. Disturbing the peace
  3. Loitering on school grounds 
  4. Trespassing 
  5. Minor possession of alcohol 

Most common student offense charges: 

  1. Possession of a dangerous weapon 
  2. Other 
  3. Possession of controlled substance with intent to sell 
  4. Affray (fighting) 
  5. Battery 

Since 2017, charges for marijuana possession have increased by 8%, and obstruction of an officer performing their duty has increased by 55%. 

  • CCSD Staff Training: 1,005 administrators and licensed professionals within CCSD have begun training on implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), a layered framework by which students receive academic and behavioral services based on severity of need. An additional 224 licensed professionals and administrators engaged in training on the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS), the behavior component of MTSS that increases behavior support for students based on severity of need.  Finally, approximately 12,000 school support staff, 16,000 licenced professionals, and 1,000 administrators engaged in implicit bias training. 
  • CCSD School Police Use of Force Policy: CCSD School Police’s use of force policy is guided by Supreme Court case law (Graham v. Connor) which stipulates that use of force is allowable by law enforcement with consideration of (1) the severity of crime, (2) whether there is an immediate threat to officers or others in proximity, or (3) if the suspect is actively resisting or evading arrest. CCSD School Police report that the use of force represents .1% of interactions. A representative of the CCSD School Police noted that officers have never been trained in utilizing chokeholds as a deescalation technique. 

Click here to view the presentation
Click here to view supplementary data
Click here to read about this in The Nevada Current

Trustees Approve CCSD 2020-2021 School Year Reopening Plan 

In order for school to begin as currently scheduled, the Trustees are required to approve a scenario plan for submission to the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) that outlines a framework for reopening. Based on NDE guidelines, the plan must include three specific scenarios for reopening: full distance learning, hybrid-learning, and full in-person learning. Once approved by NDE, the specific scenario will be selected based on the State’s reopening phase set by the Governor, and with consideration of education funding cuts as a result of economic downturn caused by the pandemic. 

Trustees discussed the need for a greater level of detail and clarity around teacher schedules, health & safety measures, food service, and technology access in order to implement any scenario effectively. CCSD staff clarified that school site principals will be provided with the autonomy to make common-sense decisions that support the needs of the school community, including changes to the master schedule and assigning specialists to support the supervision of children. 

Trustees also discussed their discomfort with moving forward with any plan at this time, but recognized that without approval, the district, including building principals, would be significantly behind on the timeline to put plans in place to reopen schools in August. 

A motion to submit an additional plan to NDE alongside the plan presented by staff did not meet state guidelines and was therefore voted down by board members (2-5). 

Trustees unanimously approved the plan presented by CCSD, with the caveat that the plan is preliminary. 

Click here to view the presentation
Click here to view additional information related to CCSD’s Reopening Our Schools Plan 

Click here to read about this in The Nevada Independent
Click here to read about this in The Las Vegas Review-Journal 
Click here to read about this in The Nevada Current 

Trustees Approved 2020-2021 School Year Calendar 

Aligned to the approved reopening scenario plan, Trustees approved the Staff Calendar and Student Calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. Regardless of reopening scenario, staff are expected to begin on August 10th, with students beginning on August 24th. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch 7/6/20

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.

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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.

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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, July 6, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Special Meeting

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What happened at this meeting?

Public comment: 

Members of the public submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, and rather an oral summary of each comment was provided to Trustees. Over 300 comments were submitted by members of the public on Clark County School District’s Proposed Reopening Schools Plan. Members of the public expressed concerns related to: childcare, employee safety, mask requirements, special education services, remote learning for ELL students, and adequate access to technology.

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Trustees Discussed Details of CCSD 2020-2021 School Year Draft Reopening Plan 

CCSD’s Deputy Superintendent and members of the executive team provided a follow-up to the June 25th Trustee Meeting presentation outlining additional information on the plan for reopening CCSD schools for the 2020-2021 school year.  

CCSD staff outlined guidance from the Nevada Department of Education, which requires districts to submit reopening plans that assume schools will open under Phase 2 of Nevada’s reopening no less than 20 days before the first day of school. Schools and districts must draft a plan that includes three scenarios: full-time distance education for all students, in person instruction with social distancing protocols, and a hybrid model.  Guidance on reopening also stipulates:  

  • All students must be able to access and participate in distance education.
  • Students must be able to reach teachers during instructional days. 
  • All licensed educators must engage in professional learning.
  • Students must still receive access to nutrition services.
  • Parents must be provided with weekly updates of the district’s implementation of distance education.
  • 50% fire code capacity for any single space, including classrooms 
  • 50% bus capacity 

In response to Trustee and community requests, CCSD staff also outlined several options that were explored for reopening. These options did not meet necessary criteria, and therefore were not incorporated into the plan: 

  • Half-Day Sessions (Not able to clean between cohorts) 
  • Students Attend Certain Weeks (Instructional & social-emotional concerns)
  • Delayed Start to the School Year (Fails to meet requirements) 
  • Year Round School (Fails to meet requirements & high cost) 
  • Quarter-based course (Overly complex)
  • Online-only for secondary students (Instructional & social-emotional concerns)

Additional updates and clarity on the plan were provided to trustees. Highlights include: 

  • Facilities: 
    • Air filters will be replaced before students return to in-person class. 
    • Classroom desks will be configured for social distancing. Students will be assigned seats in their classrooms in order to limit potential cross-exposure. Student passing periods will be structured to limit interaction on campus. 
  • Special Populations: 
    • English Language Learners (ELL), families, and teachers will receive additional supports to ensure students are accessing quality distance learning. Additionally, under the regular school schedule, ELL students had to give up electives or remain after school in order to receive additional instruction. The new schedule of 8 classes per year, or 4 classes per semester, provides space within the school day for ELL students to receive support and participate in electives. 
    • Students with disabilities will receive differentiated supports based on their needs. Teachers will be provided with professional development and support in delivering specially designed instruction. 
  • Access to technology: 
    • A survey to families will be released on July 10th to identify device and internet connectivity needs. Families with an immediate need will be prioritized to receive devices. 87,000 devices are still needed.  
  • Meals: 
    • Plans are still in development, however CCSD anticipates that students will be provided meals for days they are not in a school building. 

Trustees will vote on the final plan at the July 9th board meeting. 

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