Nevada Ed-Watch 8/27/20

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, August 27, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda & addendum

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.

  • Click here to view public comment submitted on agenda items
  • Click here to view public comment submitted on non-agenda items

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Highlights include: 

Trustees Heard a Presentation on Focus 2024 Student Success Measures 

The board heard a presentation on progress towards the Parent and Community Support Objectives outlined in the Focus 2024 Plan (summarized below). 

Parent and Community Support Priority Area 1: Leverage internal resources to help parents/guardians support student achievement and attendance

Parent and Community Support Priority Area 2: Secure strategic external resources and community partners

Parent and Community Support Priority Area 3: Improve trust in and perception of the Clark County School District

Trustees discussed the critical importance of ensuring information is reaching families through modes and platforms that they are comfortable with in a language they can understand. Trustees also discussed the need to ensure community partnerships are sustained throughout distance learning and into recovery. 

Click here to see the Focus 2024 Plan 

Click here to see the presentation 

Trustees Approve Updates to Attendance Zone Advisory Committee (AZAC) Bylaws 

The AZAC provides recommendations to the Board of Trustees on changes to attendance zones for schools. In addition to non-substantive language clean up, updates to the bylaws include adjusted dates for appointments and reappointments, and AZAC member attendance policies. Trustees discussed the need for improved dialogue between members of the AZAC and the community. Additionally, board members discussed the importance of making strong selections for appointees. 

Click here to see the approved bylaws. 

Board Heard Update on Site Based Technology Support Pilot 

The purpose of the pilot program was to research options for technical support funds to be used at schools in order to improve access to technology support services. The pilot utilized teachers to provide technology support to their school community.  CCSD staff has decided to not continue with the pilot, as they found that utilizing licensed teachers for this support was not cost or time effective for teachers, and unduly increased workloads. CCSD will continue to maintain a site based technician model, and will explore utilizing support staff that can receive technical training and be dedicated to technology support.

Trustees discussed the need to ensure that experts are available for site based technicians to leverage as various technology needs arise. 

Click here to see the presentation 

Trustees Approved Legislative Bill Draft Topics (4-3)

Each legislative session, the Clark County School District Trustees may put forward two Bill Draft Requests (BDRs). Based on feedback from the Board at the August 13 meeting, Trustees were presented with the following topics for consideration: 

  • Mental Health Support 
  • Internet Connectivity for Students
  • Prioritizing Staff Efficiencies 
  • Sex Education opt-out 
  • Certified Librarians in Every School 
  • Automated Keycard Entry System 

The board discussed each option, and identified that they should prioritize items that have little or no monetary cost and items that cannot be addressed through either state, district, or school policy. Trustees voted 4-3 to move forward with BDRs related to internet connectivity for students and prioritizing staff efficiencies by minimizing redundancies and unfunded mandates set forth by the Legislature in previous sessions. The vote included a directive to the Superintendent to pursue funding for Suicide Prevention programs to support the mental health needs of students and educators. 

Click here to view the presentation

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

Board Heard Updates from Superintendent Jara: 

  • Superintendent Jara welcomed new principals at Roy Martin Middle School and Aggie Roberts Elementary School 
  • CCSD is working to address communication around the amount of time students are required to attend live instruction. Additionally, CCSD is implementing security features to ensure the digital safety of students and educators engaged in online learning. 

Requests for Agenda items: 

  • Discussion on Canvas implementation, internet connectivity and outages, student access to YouTube, and recording lessons 
  • Information on students that have unenrolled from the district

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Nevada Ed-Watch 8/28/20

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.


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, August 28, 2020

State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting? 

Members of the public submitted comment online regarding: 

  • Support for school reopening decision made by the Authority 
  • Concerns about the implementation of distance learning 

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report: 

Report Highlights: 

  • Update on response to Covid-19 Pandemic:
    • Director Feiden and the SPCSA granted three exemptions to distance learning for schools in Washoe County. This is contingent on Washoe County School District continuing to operate in person learning. SPCSA’s primary efforts have focused on addressing connectivity needs, coordination with health districts, school leadership support, and communication. Click here to see the full memo.
  • New Schools: 
    • Pinecrest Academy of Northern Nevada, Girls Athletic Leadership Schools (GALS), and Explore Academy have each opened as planned. Civica Nevada has submitted three of the five required conditions for opening and will provide a more formal update to the board on October 2nd. 
  • Update on Summer Cycle for Charter Applications: 
    • The SPCSA received five complete charter applications for the summer cycle. Capacity interviews have been scheduled with school teams and recommendations for approval or denial will be brought before the board at the November 6th meeting. 
  • SPCSA Performance Framework Overview: 
    • The SPCSA performance framework is a document that sets forth agreed upon expectations of performance and compliance. It is the basis for school evaluations, ongoing monitoring and intervention that informs high-stakes decisions by an authorizer. Academic and Organizational results will be available in October or November. Financial results will be available in February. Click here to see the full overview.
  • Federal Grant Monitoring: 
    • The SPCSA is responsible for oversight on federal and state grants to Nevada Public Charter Schools in order to ensure schools are considering students services and well being, sound financial stewardship and legal compliance. Schools will receive updates about SPCSA’s federal grant monitoring in September. Click here to see the full overview. 

Board Approved Quest Academy Transition from Receivership (7-0-1)

Based on the academic and financial progress of Quest Academy throughout receivership, the Board approved SPCSA staff recommendation for Quest Academy to transition from receivership to a fully constituted board, with conditions. Members of Quest Academy school community outlined upcoming board training and next steps for the school. 

Note: Member Soifer recused himself due to a business relationship with a member of the Quest Academy board and therefore abstained from the vote. 

Click here to see the full recommendation, including conditions.

Board Approved Charter School Contract Amendments 

  • Freedom Classical Academy: The board approved a good cause exemption and amendment request for Freedom Classical Academy’s acquisition of its current facility. It will not affect approved enrollment.  Click here to see the full recommendation, including conditions. 
  • Honors Academy of Literature: The board approved a good cause exemption and amendment request for Honors Academy of Literature to increase their enrollment from 211 students to 225 students. Click here to see the full recommendation. 

Board Approved Amplus Academy Contract Amendment

Staff and board members from Amplus Academy provided an academic and financial update on the progress of Amplus transitioning away from their former Education Management Organization (EMO) to an independent charter school. Based on SPCSA staff recommendation, the Board approved changes to Amplus Academy’s academic, operational, and financial plans. Highlights of the changes include: 

  • updates to curriculum and professional development resources,
  • shifts to leadership structure to devote more time to specific student groups,
  • shifts to school based human resource functions, accounting and finance functions, and student recruitment and enrollment, and 
  • significant updates to financial plan due to reallocation of funds designated for Amplus Academy’s former (EMO) to directly support students.

 Click here to see the full recommendation. 

Board Approved Changes to Site Evaluation Process

SPCSA staff authority recommended updates and changes to the SPCSA’s site evaluation including an update on the work ahead. Site evaluations offer objective feedback to schools in years 1, 3, and 5 of operation. The board approved changes to the site evaluation process, including:  

  • a statement in the handbook to address potential for bias in focus groups, 
  • decreasing the number of items schools are required to upload, 
  • implementing a presentation from school leaders,
  • revisions to classroom observation rubric, and
  • reduction of the number of staff hours used on the final report.

  Click here to see the full presentation and all updates.

Board Heard Update on Serving All Students Equitably 

Based on feedback from the board, SPCSA staff outlined actions being implemented by the SPCSA to ensure schools are serving all students equitably. In addition to site evaluation updates approved by the board in a previous item, new school applications will be revised to include questions regarding efforts to close opportunity gaps and address disproportionate discipline practices. Charter renewal applications will include questions related to restorative justice practices and plans to address disproportionate discipline practices and opportunity gaps. Additionally, SPCSA will conduct annual presentations on student outcome data, and continue the Focus on Schools series.

Click here to read the full overview.

Board Discussed Students at Risk of Dropping Out

Director Feiden provided an overview of Students at Risk of Dropping Out of School within Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment and context on how SPCSA staff are addressing the need. SPCSA board members provided additional suggestions on addressing this need and requested to continue this conversation.

Click here to see the Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment.

Long-Range Calendar

Due to the volume of anticipated agenda items, an additional SPCSA meeting will be scheduled in December.

Click here to see the long-range calendar.


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Nevada Ed-Watch 8/27/20

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 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, August 27, 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 regarding: 

  • Concerns about the implementation of the Pupil Centered Funding Formula 
  • Concerns about health and safety related to reopening school buildings 

President’s Report

President Wynn provided an update on the Connecting Kids Nevada initiative:

Under the Governor’s COVID-19 Taskforce, Connecting Kids Nevada was launched which provides a central statewide platform to connect all Nevada students in need with resources to receive devices and internet connectivity. Additionally, a Family Support Center hotline has been created for qualifying Clark County students to receive internet for school. The Family Support Center can be reached at  888-616-2476 and is open Monday-Saturday 7am-6pm. 

Currently, four Nevada school districts have 100% of students connected to devices and the internet for learning. 

Click here to visit Connecting Kids Nevada

Superintendent’s Report

State Superintendent Ebert report highlights:

  • Due to shifting public health conditions, multiple school districts pivoted from their planned model for reopening. In order to implement those adjustments, opening timelines for some districts have changed. Currently, 10 school districts have begun the school year, with three beginning the week of August 31st, and four districts opening on September 8th. 
  • The majority of Nevada school districts are implementing some form of hybrid learning. Two school districts are implementing full time distance learning for at least the first quarter. Three school districts are implementing in person learning. 
  • The Department of Education received 71 applications from 45 applicants for their ESSER competitive grant. Funding priorities for this grant are wraparound services, high quality professional development, and digital instruction materials. The department is expediting the grant review process and have compressed their reviewing timeline from 6 weeks to 2 weeks. 

Board Heard Update on School Reopening Implementation 

Superintendents of three school districts and the Director of the State Public Charter School Authority each provided updates to the Board on the implementation of school reopening. 

Clark County School District (CCSD): 

  • Three schools have opened under hybrid learning, four schools have opened fully in person, with all other schools opening with distance learning only. 
  • CCSD has expanded elementary lessons for Nevada Learning Academy and has implemented professional development for substitute teachers. 
  • Approximately 63,000, or 8%, of CCSD students are still in need of a device and connection to the internet.
  • 300 food distribution sites have been deployed throughout the district. Food distribution has trended upward since the first day of school, with approximately 40,000 meals being distributed August 26th.
  • Schools are establishing multi-disciplinary teams to provide social-emotional supports to educators and students. 

Click here to see the CCSD presentation.

Washoe County School District (WCSD): 

  • Elementary schools have opened fully in person. Middle and high schools have opened with a hybrid model. All families have the option to engage in distance learning only, including temporarily. Approximately 8,500 elementary students are engaged in distance learning only.
  • Approximately 12,000 students are still in need of devices. WCSD has purchased 25 devices for buses to become internet hubs, along with receiving 6,000 hotspots. 
  • WCSD students receive breakfast and lunch to-go. Students may also take meals for multiple days. Additionally, WSCD has implemented a partnership to provide dinner to-go for students as well. 
  • WCSD is implementing health safety protocols, as well as multiple social-emotional initiatives to support educators, students, and families. 

Click here to see the WCSD presentation.

Churchill County School District: 

  • All Churchill CSD schools will open for in-person instruction, with the option for any K-12 student to engage in distance learning. In person school will be conducted Monday through Friday with morning and afternoon student cohorts.  
  • All students are connected with a device. Some students are still in need of internet connectivity. 
  • Student meals will be provided at the end of each day for children to take home for the following day. Full time distance learning students will pick up meals for multiple days twice per week.
  • The district has hired additional school counselors and is implementing multiple strategies to support the social-emotional needs of the school communities. 

Click here to see Churchill CSD’s presentation

State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA) 

  • SPCSA authorizes schools in multiple counties throughout the state. Aligned to the Emergency Directive 030 and the Governor’s Roadmap to Recovery framework, charter schools within counties that are designated at the Baseline Mitigation Level may reopen in person but are not required to. Schools in counties categorized as Mitigation Levels 1 or 2 must open with distance-learning, although there are limited allowances for in-person learning for students who meet specific need-based criteria. 
  • Approximately 7,500 students are still in need of a device. This number is inclusive of students who have access to a shared device. 1,700 students are still in need of access to reliable internet. The SPCSA is supporting schools to connect students with hotspots and internet service.  
  • SPCSA is identifying supports for schools to mitigate learning loss that has occurred as well as social emotional supports for school communities. 

Click here to see SPCSA’s presentation 

Board Approved Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights:

Board Heard Update on Commission on School Funding

The Commission on School Funding will be recommending to the Board an alternative definition for the “at-risk” student weight within the new school funding formula. Based on legislation, “at-risk” may be defined as students eligible for free or reduced lunch, or an alternative definition may be adopted. The commission recommends adopting an alternative definition that is inclusive of factors related to academic risk, attendance, behavior, and home and enrollment stability. This would be tracked through Infinite Campus, however one barrier is the ability of Infinite Campus to meet the specific functionality necessary to identify students under a definition that includes multiple variables. 

A specific recommendation for adoption will come before the board at a future meeting. 

Board Heard Update on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup 

The workgroup held its second meeting on August 20th, where they had the opportunity to hear about access to devices and internet connectivity for students. Additionally, the group heard about the state of the education system for American Indian and Alaskan Native students in Nevada. Moving forward, Member Hudson will lead the workgroup.  

Click here to see the Indian Education presentation

Board Heard Update on Work of Digital Engineers 

The mission of the Digital Engineers is to ensure educators, families, and students receive equitable access to and support with digital learning across Nevada. 70 resources have been posted for access by the public on the Digital Engineers website, with the majority of resources focused on educator preparation. Additional resources for families and students can also be accessed on the website.  The board discussed a need to ensure that the website is intuitive for all users.

Click here to see the presentation

Requests for Future Agenda items: 

  • Ongoing reports from school districts on the implementation of the school year, including lessons learned

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Nevadans Must Unite Over Values in Education

The future is the only thing that stands in front of you that you cannot see. We can, however, inform it. We can define it. We can make sure that the future glows brightly for generations to come.  Since March 13, however, it hasn’t felt like that. In fact, the future of Nevada’s education system and economy have felt more fragile and uncertain than they have in over a decade.

Under normal circumstances, the first day of school would include students standing at bus stops and butterflies flapping in their stomachs as they see their new classroom and start a new stage in their young lives. We would be smiling with pride and maybe choking back tears of joy as our kindergarteners and seniors set off to start the first days of the rest of their lives. Instead, we’re missing many of these things. Meanwhile the impacts of school closures cascade beyond empty buildings and classes administered electronically.

Preliminary national estimates of the impact of school building closures on learning retention suggest that students will have lost 30% of gains made in a traditional year, and anywhere from 50% to a full year of gains in mathematics when returning to school in Fall 2020.

With increasing regularity, I have been asked: “What can we do to make sure kids continue to learn? How do we ‘fix’ the impact of this global pandemic on teaching and learning?”

As we’ve seen in the public discourse, both locally and nationally, there are many possible answers to those questions. 

Many of us have been focused on tackling solutions that feel solvable. More computers, better connectivity, stronger online curriculum.  All of these things are necessary, and their availability is lacking—but let’s be clear: those solutions solve for one moment in time. 

If the past several months have taught us anything, I hope it’s that we need to make foundational changes to the organization of our systems—education being chief among them— not minor adjustments.

What the Nevada education system needs is an articulation of its values.

Do we value education as the great equalizer for poverty and opportunity? Do we value education as the critical primer for a diversified, long-term economy? Do we value education as day care for kids while their families work? Do we value education at all? If so, how? 

Previous legislative efforts have appropriately focused on funding education. There have been mixed reviews on the efforts, but the most significant missing piece is funding to what end. What do we expect to be true when we provide additional funding? Does the State’s education budget reflect our values? 

Right now, as a state, evidence indicates that we don’t really know the answer to these questions. That’s problematic. And yet, there is hope. 

We may not agree on everything, but I believe we can come together to decide on where we want to be after the pandemic and well-beyond it. We can decide how to interpret data and to make decisions against a set of values that are consistent. We can decide, collaboratively, on what we want our futures to look like. We can commit that during the next national or global crisis, we will not be given the honor of the state most economically impacted. Instead, we will re-align our actions in K-12 education to a value of economic sustainability. We will work towards a clear, common goal, even in the face of setbacks. We will work through challenging disagreements with a clear focus on what we have committed to ourselves and to each other. 

The challenges we are facing are vast, but not insurmountable.  Let’s commit to a set of values that articulate what must be true for our children’s education. Then, let’s write a plan for our future that aligns with those values. 

After that comes the hard part. 

We have to live by the values that we define and make decisions in alignment with them. We have to stay the course. We may not see the benefits next week or next year, but we will set the foundation for a long-term shift in education, our economy, and the story of our future. More importantly, we’ll finally be putting our students first, not just in words, but also in action.


Jana Wilcox Lavin, Executive Director of Opportunity 180

Nevada Ed-Watch 8/14/20

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.


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, August 14, 2020

State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting? 

Members of the public provided comment regarding: 

  • Dissatisfaction with the SPCSA Reopening Plan Requirements which would require most SPCSA approved charter schools to open with distance learning only. 

Board Approved Reopening Plan Requirements and In-Person Learning for 2020-2021 School Year (6-3)

SPCSA board members heard from SPCSA Executive Director Feiden on the proposed school opening requirements related to in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year. 

The recommendations from SPCSA staff can be found at SPCSA Recommendation to Issue COVID-19 In-Person Learning Guidance. This recommendation was in follow-up to  Recommendation and Guidance for School Re-Opening and based on Road to Recovery: Moving to a New Normal from the Governor and Nevada Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Update. There were some areas of contention, including  whether the guidance should be a recommendation or a requirement.  

A motion was made to approve the guidance as a recommendation rather than a requirement.  This motion failed  5 to 4. 

The board moved to approve the guidance as a requirement, with the addition of a fast-response process for SPCSA to consider an appeal by schools. 

Board Heard Update on Open Meeting Law

Governor Sisolak’s Emergency Directive 029 extended Nevada’s State of Emergency status. The extension provides allowance for public meetings, including the SPCSA board, to continue to occur virtually. 


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Nevada Ed-Watch 8/13/20

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, August 13, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda & addendum

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 submitted on agenda items
  • Click here to view public comment submitted on non-agenda items 

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Highlights include:

Board Approved Purchase Awards

The approved $28 million for chrome-based devices and $4.8 million for T-mobile WIFI hotspots. The board also approved entering into contracts with Cox Communications ($4.8 million) to purchase in-home internet services through August 2021, and Kajeet ($1.8 million) for up to 5,000 mobile hotspots to provide qualifying students in CCSD households cellular hotspot devices. 

Board Approved Construction Change Order 

Change orders come before the board when the actual cost of construction for a new school building or school improvement increases more than 3% percent or 5% respectively. CCSD staff, Superintendent Jara, and the Board discussed reviewing the change order process regularly to identify and remediate potential inefficiencies in the process and decrease risk of increased expenses. 

Click here to view all change orders.

Board Approved Notices of Intent to Change Board Policies & District Regulations  

The following Board Policies will come back before the board for approval at the August 27 Trustee Meeting: 

The following District Regulations will come back before the board for approval at the September 10 Trustee Meeting: 

Board Heard Update on Human Capital Management System (HCMS) Remediation

In December 2019, CCSD transitioned to a new Human Capital Management System (HCM). Due to implementation errors, issues arose including teachers not receiving pay or being underpaid, substitute teachers receiving inaccurate pay, and inability to post open job positions.  CCSD is working with a technology implementation consultant to refine and reimplement the HCMS. The consultant provided updates on the implementation remediation to date, stating that 95% of remediation tasks have been completed, with the remaining tasks related to long-term training and implementation. Implementation barriers that caused the initial implementation issues included: 

  • Budget & staffing constraints,
  • Isolated testing and training,
  • Lack of sustainability planning for employee turnover & training, and
  • Insufficient vendor/implementation partner knowledge to address complex scenarios. 

The implementation remediation process will be completed in early 2021. 

Click here to see the presentation 

Board Approved Medium-Term Bond Authorization Resolution

The approval allows CCSD to finance all or a portion of the cost of acquiring, improving, and equipping school facilities, including transportation. The medium-term obligations will be repaid within a ten-year period, subject to approval by the State of Nevada Department of Taxation. 

Click here to see the Resolution

Board Approved Data-sharing Agreement with Community Partners 

Due to meeting broadcast issues, portions of this presentation and discussion were not available to view by the public.  

CCSD has launched a Family Support Center to facilitate families’ access to devices and internet connectivity. The Family Support Center is supported through the statewide effort, Connecting Kids, a partnership with districts, community organizations, and the Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief, and Recovery Task Force. 

The Family Support Center serves as a call center & central point for families to communicate their connectivity and device needs, and provide updated contact information. Trustees approved a data sharing agreement with Cox Communications in order to directly communicate student household information to install/connect internet services. 

Additionally, the data sharing agreement allows for community partners and volunteers to continue to staff the Family Support Center at the scale necessary to connect the remaining 100,000 students in the district with unknown connectivity and device needs. 

Families can get in touch with the Family Support Center at 888-616-2476 or connectingkidsnv.org

Click here to see the data sharing agreement 

Click here to view the Family Support Center hotline script 

Board Heard Updates from Superintendent Jara 

  • Budget: 
    • Overall, the Nevada Legislature and Governor cut $170 million to K-12 education in Nevada, and $92 million from CCSD; however, CCSD expects to receive approximately $80 million in federal emergency funding, as well as $37 million provided through AB3 of the 2020 Second Special Session, for a net budget cut for schools of approximately $40 million, or about $125 per pupil. School principals and School Organizational Teams (SOTs) will make budget reduction decisions in September.  
  • Professional Learning:
    • Educators have been engaging with professional learning to familiarize with Canvas, the online Learning Management System that the district will utilize in conjunction with Google Classroom. Parents will be provided with online learning modules to learn how to access and navigate Canvas and Google Classroom as well.


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