Nevada Ed-Watch: 3/16/23

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 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 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. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, March 16, 2023

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

President’s Report

  • The second of three high school start time workshops is coming up on March 30 in Carson City. A Las Vegas-based workshop will take place on April 15.
  • The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents report included a new Bachelor of Science program in early childhood education at UNR, as well as other recently approved education-related degrees and certification programs. Additional education-related K-12 pathway programs are under consideration.

Superintendent’s Report

  • Christy McGill will serve as Interim Deputy Superintendent, and Chris Hoffman is the Department’s Chief Strategy Officer.
  • The Department’s family engagement policy will be reviewed by the Department to enhance family involvement, communication, and collaboration.

Board Approved the Consent Agenda

Highlights included:

Board Discussed Updates from the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Assessment Subcommittee

This subcommittee reviewed the scope of work, scoring rubric, and committee entities. Goals of the subcommittee included aligning with accepted college admission requirements and scholarship criteria, predicting career and college preparedness, and reducing assessments required of high school students, among other criteria.

The subcommittee proposed weighting of the rubric as follows: project management (20%), function and technical requirements (50%), equity (10%), and cost schedule (20%). The Department will bring the draft RFP back to the Board for its April meeting.

Explore the CCR RFP Committee Entities, regulations governing procurement, and the proposed rubric for the CCR assessment.

Board Discussed and Defined Roles & Responsibilities within the Board of Education

The Board approved a new Clerk position for the State Board. The Clerk would review draft agendas, capture all future agenda items, finalize meeting materials, and monitor the goal setting and governance processes as dictated by Silver State Governance.

The Board re-elected Felicia Ortiz as Board President, voted Member Katie Dockweiler as Board Vice President, and Member Tamara Hudson as Board Clerk.

Board Discussed Changing the Date and Start Times of Meetings

The Board voted to move board meeting dates to Mondays, with the exception of holidays, to avoid conflicts with school districts’ board meetings and Board of Regents meetings. Meeting times will be kept at 2:00 p.m. during the school year, with summer meetings to be held in the morning. This will be effective for the June Board meeting.

Board Received an Update on the State Board of Education English Mastery Council Workgroup

The group presented recommendations relating to which of the mastery council’s recommendations would require regulatory changes, Department follow-up, District follow-up, or no further actions. The original recommendations requiring regulatory changes include revising the bilingual endorsement coursework and ELAD endorsement requirements (Recommendations 1 and 2) and requiring LEAs to include receiving and responding to parent input (Recommendation 12).

Explore the presentation.

Board Discussed Future Agenda Items

The board reviewed the following items for inclusion in the 2023 calendar:

  • Workshops for school start times
  • Variance approvals for class size reductions
  • Naming conventions for private schools
  • Executive Order 2023-003
  • English Mastery Council updates
  • Legislative updates

Public Comment #2

  • Thanking Board members for participation in Nevada Reading Week
  • 2023 STIP Addendum

The next regular Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2022.


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 3/14/23

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


Washoe County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The Washoe County School District Board of 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.

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Tuesdays) at 2 pm both virtually and at the Central Administration Building Board Room, 425 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings.

Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person or via email. Email comments should be submitted to publiccomments@washoeschools.net. 


Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Approved the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) 1 from Q & D Construction for Hug High School

Trustees approved the GMP 1 from Q & D Construction as the Construction Manager of Risk for management services relating to the repurposing of Hug High School into a career and technical education academy. The GMP 1 is $29,532,453 with an owner’s contingency of $2 million, for a total of $31,532,453.

Explore the agreement.

Trustees Received a Presentation on Bills Introduced during the 2023 Legislative Session Related to Behavior and Discipline

Trustees received an update on bills introduced thus far during the 2023 Legislature pertaining to student discipline. Highlights included:

  • AB 65, AB 194, and SB 152 are similar bills that would change language from restorative justice to restorative practices, providing additional latitude in suspending and expelling students, introducing “Acts of Violence” to include battery and assault, and maintaining differences in disciplinary procedures for students 11 and over, vs. students aged 10 and under.
  • The District is advocating for a transition period for students coming from juvenile detention centers or treatment centers so their outcomes are improved.
  • AB 72 would establish a Safety and Well-Being of Teachers Commission.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved the Project Plan for the Review and Revision of the Student Behavior Manual for the 2023-24 School Year

Trustees received a presentation on and discussed the project plan for reviewing and revising the 2023-2024 Student Behavior Manual. Highlights included:

  • The Student Behavior Task Force is coomprised of 6 teachers, 6 site administrators, and 9 central office administrators.
  • Data has been collected from 2018 to present day. Overall, there have been more disruptive events in the first 110 days of school than violent or procedural events. The difference is about 33 percent. (Disruptive events may include inappropriate language or disrespect, for example. Procedural events may include dress code violations or truancy. Violent events may include fights or bodily harm to others.)
  • Overall, there have been more out of school suspensions than in-school suspensions in the first 110 days of school.  
  • Significant suspension is removal of a pupil from school for 3 or more days. Long term suspension is removal of a pupil from school for not more than one semester. Expulsion is removal of a pupil from school for more than a semester with the possibility of returning to their zoned school or another school in the district. Permanent expulsion is removal of a pupil from school for more than one semester without the possibility of returning to their zoned school or another school in the district. Instead, the student goes to a school for alternative education.
  • A workshop in May is planned to expedite the process and discuss recommendations.

Explore the project plan, presentation, and current manual.

Trustees Approved the Goals of the Safe and Healthy Schools Commission

Trustees received a presentation on and approved the goals of the Safe and Healthy Schools Commission. Goals and highlights of the presentation included:

  • The 15-member Safe and Healthy Schools Commission includes a student, parents, medical services representatives, emergency services representatives, government agency representatives, and at-large members.
  • A goal is to partner with and engage families on emotional and physical safety of students.
  • This organization assists Trustees on issues of safety and security of schools including prevention, intervention, mitigation, preparedness, emergency response, and recovery.
  • The Commission is partnering with Parent University and using demographics and satisfaction rates to improve the program. Classes could include internet and social media safety. It is also partnering with the Family School Partnership Department to create a toolkit for schools and families to better understand safety procedures.
  • Future goals include conducting an annual safety forum, reviewing yearly and biannual training for crisis and emergency management, and reviewing district policies and programming.
  • Trustees want bathroom safety to cut down on students’ vaping in secondary schools.  Bathrooms are being locked to everyone.

Explore the presentation and supplemental materials provided by a Trustee.

Trustees Received an Update on Staff Training Related to Student Behavioral Issues

Trustees received a presentation on staff training related to student behavior issues, including an update on training for Care Solace implementation. Highlights included:

  • Care Solace connects students and teachers to mental health and wellness tools and supports.
  • Bus drivers and nutrition workers are included in the safety training, and individualized needs are taken into account, such as special education.
  • Implementation of the Safe Voice and Handle With Care programs, including training for these platforms, is also occurring on an ongoing basis.
  • All 17 middle schools in WCSD received suicide prevention and intervention training.  
  • A Project Aware grant used is being used towards care coordination, interviewing, and youth suicide prevention.
  • Training for teachers about substance misuse, trauma-informed care stratgies, peer-to-peer support, suicide prevention and training, and other major topics is occurring on an ongoing basis alongside several community partners.
  • Care Solace was approved one month ago, and 300 staff members have been trained in this program to-date.

Trustees Approved the Agreement with Centegix to Install Crisis Alert Equipment and Software

Trustees approved the agreement between WCSD and Centegix to install crisis alert equipment and software in schools and administration buildings using American Rescue Plan ESSER III funds in the amount of $4,580,800, and the $100,000 from the General Fund.

Explore the order acknowledgment, RFP documents, and an amendment to the agreement.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative Report highlights included:

  • Suggesting the student body should be included in decisions about the new behavior manual

Trustees Reports

Trustee reports highlights included:

  • Several school and staff visits and student events
  • Attending JROTC events
  • Attending the Student Council Advisory meeting
  • Participating in Family Resource Center activities and programming
  • Attending the Joy Prom
  • Thanking District partners for student support programs and initiatives
  • Supporting the district relating to district and school challenges
  • Commemorating Women’s History Month

Superintendent’s Report

  • Improvements to student behavior through identifying root causes of that behavior
  • Facing and acknowledging district challenges while celebrating successes
  • Requesting demographics for data regarding behavior manual changes
  • Hosting a community coffee chat on Friday, March 17

Public Comment

  • A parent bill of rights section in the updated behavior manual
  • Suggestions on additional teacher supports for the behavior manual
  • Concerns regarding student screen time, inappropriate materials, and information on IT and security breaches

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for March 28, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 3/9/23

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 5 pm both virtually and at the Edward A. Greer Education Center Board Room (2832 E Flamingo Rd, 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. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person, via email, or via voice recording. Email comments should be submitted to Boardmtgcomments@nv.ccsd.net. To submit a voice recording on items listed on the meeting agenda, call 702-799-1166. Voice recorded public comment is limited to 1 minute 30 seconds.


Thursday, March 9, 2023

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (6-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Received an Update on the Culture and Climate Study at CCSD

Trustees discussed the Culture and Climate Study currently underway for the District by Public Consulting Group (PCG). Highlights included:

  • PCG is conducting several focus groups and interviews with district staff, Superintendent Jara, Trustees, student advisory groups, and other community stakeholders.
  • A survey has been deployed to all CCSD staff, and will remain open until March 24.
  • A CCSD staff member has been designated to assist PCG with project management from the district.
  • A draft report will be issued in May.

Explore the update.

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • A current due process hearing
  • Special education classroom concerns
  • Paraprofessionals in special education classrooms
  • Concerns regarding use of force by CCSD Police
  • Student social-emotional wellness
  • Student safety
  • Reporting requirements for the Dads in Schools program
  • Homework
  • Shadow Ridge High School athletic staff

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for March 23, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.

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Design to Edrupt: Dedicated Fellows Turn Ideas into Action with a Mission of Equity

Opportunity 180 is proud to welcome fellows into the second cohort of its Design to Edrupt “Explore” fellowship. Design to Edrupt looks to disrupt the current educational landscape by surfacing and supporting education leaders from underrepresented backgrounds and helping to reimagine the future of learning. During the fellowship, individuals will have the opportunity to explore the idea of designing and launching a new learning environment, such as a school or program. Explore is the first of three stages in the Design to Edrupt fellowship.

This year’s Explore cohort is comprised of five educational leaders, all with the goal of launching new learning environments to improve student outcomes, providing pathways for great ideas to lead to great schools and programs that impact student success.

These fellows were selected based on their commitment to continuing their professional development in the following areas: Entrepreneurial Mindset, People Leadership, Strategic and Operational Leadership, as well as Instructional Leadership. 

 “Our fellows’ diverse leadership matched with the development this opportunity offers will help create new learning environments our students, educators, and families deserve,” said Tamara Shear, Chief Program Officer for Opportunity 180.  

The “Design to Edrupt” Fellowship was built from Moonshot edVentures, which was designed and launched in Denver, CO in 2017. This fellowship is invested in educational design, new learning strategies, as well as the needs of students and families and has supported more than 100 leaders in six cohorts, with 25 ventures formally launched. 

The core values the fellowship represents are respect, trust, love, equity, collaboration, and paying it forward. The fellows will co-create a classroom or learning environment that challenges traditional education using a liberatory approach. The liberatory approach includes practicing empathy and problem-solving to help others understand equity values, awareness, as well as the impact of one’s own beliefs and biases. 

Fellows will also have access to community leaders for support in order to launch their school programs. Design to Edrupt’s Explore cohort will culminate with the Showcase event later this year, when fellows will present their finalized school concepts to community leaders and stakeholders. 

We are excited and honored to announce the 2023 Cohort for the Design to Edrupt Explore Fellowship:


Akiko-Ayalla Cooks

Middle School Teacher

Venture: Liberated Minds Community Liberation School 

Grade Level(s) Served: 6-8 

Akiko-Ayalla Cooks, mother of three, left her native California in 2006 to move to Las Vegas, Nevada. She completed training as a psychiatric technician, and was set to pursue what she thought was her calling as the founder, owner, and operations executive of two large behavioral treatment facilities. Unfortunately, in 2019, photos of her son and other Black student at his school were targeted on social media, calling her into action to co-found NO Racism in Schools #1865 with a fellow parent. 

From the efforts of No Racism in Schools #1865, legislation was passed in 2021 to require any racially motivated incidents to be reported as well as an anti-racism policy in Clark County School District. Cooks has received recognition from organizations such as American University and the Southern Poverty Law Center for her involvement in equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. 

Fun Fact About Akiko-Ayalla: She has been swimming since she was six months old, when her dad was the only father in the “Mommy and Me” swim class.

Connect with Akiko-Ayalla!


Earl Turner III

Consultant 

Venture: Integrated Technology, Entrepreneurship & Policy (iTEP) Public Schools (Charter School) 

Grade Level(s) Served: K-8

 

Earl Turner III holds a BA in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University, an MA in Digital Learning from Loyola Marymount University, and a Doctorate of Education from Johns Hopkins University. Turner currently conducts research regarding equity in K-12 schools, and he is an associate consultant and founding member for a 12-member innovation team that developed a new instructional technology program set to be released in Spring of 2023. He has also spearheaded the development of a research platform to analyze students’ digital behaviors. He has led the development of digital animations, been the lead author and principal investigator on six research studies with large school districts, sat on numerous charter school boards, and used his experience in business and education to build social impact on education policy in Los Angeles. 

Turner has founded organizations that focus on restorative justice, such as the Angelenos Organizing for Education (AO4E). He has worked as a policy analyst for LAUSD’s school board president, as well as analyzing expenditures for the district’s $7.6 billion budget. Mr. Turner has drafted a research report highlighting factors driving down achievement in mathematics. His proudest accomplishment however, was building a construction company in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.  

Fun Fact About Earl: He drove over one million miles between 2002 and 2013. 

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Erik Simpkins

Educator & Youth Mentor 

Venture: Achievement Now! (Program) 

Grade Level(s) Served: 3-8 

Erik Alexander Simpkins is an educator who wears many hats. He is an 8th grade history and geography teacher for Clark County School District, an instructor with the Workforce Development Department at the College of Southern Nevada’s Adult Career Education Services, as well as an afterschool Youth Mentor for the City of Las Vegas’ Youth Development & Social Innovation. 

Simpkins has 17 years of teaching experience, as well as prior experience working as a Curriculum Coordinator, Lead Teacher, School Improvement Team Member, and Non-Profit Board Member. He has extensive training in technologies such as effective Professional Learning Communities (PLC), Response to Instruction (RTI), data driven decision making using MAP metrics, and Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT). 

Fun Fact About Erik: He loves Led Zeppelin.

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Leondrus Wright

Elementary School Teacher & Executive Chef

Venture: Purpose Academy for Young Men 

Grade Levels Served: 3-12 

Leondrus Tramaine Wright is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, with a daughter named A’kalia. He is a 4th grade teacher at Ann Lynch Elementary School in Clark County School District. He has a BA in Political Science from Morris College, an MA in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Bowling Green State University, an Associates in Applied Science in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute, and a MA of Education in Curricular Instruction from UNLV. 

Wright has worked in restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and catering companies in North and South Carolina as an Executive Chef. He is a proud member of organizations such as Co-Founding and Brothers with Purpose, which promotes and uplifts Black men. 

Fun Fact About Leondrus: He is an amazing chef.

Connect with Leondrus!


Ursela Garvin

STEM Teacher 

Venture: STEMbotics Learning Center (STEM & Vocational School) 

Grade Level(s) Served: K-12

Ursela Garvin has a BS in Business Education and Information Technology, as well as a MA in Art and Teaching in Business Education from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She is a seventeen-year veteran educator who currently teaches robotics at Jim Bridger STEAM Academy in Las Vegas, NV. The goal of her STEAM program is to promote healthy living and community gardens through the use of robotics and agriculture. 

Garvin has served on many education councils with a goal of supporting schools in North Las Vegas and computer science courses. She has been featured on Vegas PBS twice with panels centered around equity and diversity in computer science. She has many endorsements in North Carolina and Las Vegas in areas such as business education, administration, and computer programming.  She is also passionate about bringing new clubs to students in their schools. Her hobbies include volunteering, hiking, gardening, spending time with family, and playing old school computer games.

Fun Fact About Ursela: She has hiked to the top of Lone Mountain twice.

Connect with Ursela!


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 3/3/23

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? Considered one of Nevada’s school districts, the SPCSA sponsors and oversees public charter schools. 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? The SPCSA typically meets once a month, generally on Fridays. 

Click here for SPCSA meeting schedule and materials.

Can community members engage at SPCSA Board Meetings? While all meetings of the SPCSA are typically 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), all meetings are now held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis. Members of the public may view the meeting online via the link on the SPCSA’s Public Notice web page and the agenda and any supporting materials can be found here. Public comment may be given on any agenda item at the beginning of the meeting, or public comment regarding any matter that is SPCSA-related may be given at the conclusion of each Board meeting. Members of the community giving public comment can utilize the following conference call line: 1-312-584-2401; extension 3952176# with a time limit of three minutes per speaker. Alternatively, public comment may be submitted in writing to 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, March 3, 2023
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting
Access the meeting agenda and playback.

What happened at this meeting? 

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report

  • Legislative Update: SPCSA staff has met with legislative leadership, as well as Education committees. SPCSA overview and budget presentations have also been given. None of the bills being monitored by the SPCSA have been voted on yet. Explore more on the legislative update.
  • Letters of Intent for New Charter Schools: Fourteen Letters of Intent have been submitted, and applications are due April 30. The training series on the application has been completed, and all trainings are available online. View the list of Letters of Intent for the 2023 Charter Application Cycle.
  • Review of Recent Executive Orders: Executive Order 005 requires all school districts (including SPCSA) to submit third-party audits during the 2022 calendar year. This includes financial, performance, PERS, enrollment, and other evaluations. The materials have been submitted to the Governor’s office prior to the March 1 deadline.

Board Received an Update on Executive Order 2023-003

SPCSA staff provided an overview of Executive Order 2023-003, which requires all state agencies (including SPCSA) undertake a review of regulations subject to the state agency’s enforcement to determine how to streamline, clarify, reduce, or clarify those regulations. Ten regulations must be submitted to the Governor’s office for potential reduction. Charter school stakeholders participated in this process. Staff also noted that compared with other state agencies, the SPCSA has very few regulations.

Six SPCSA regulations have been identified to eliminate, including several where the regulatory authority granted by the regulation is duplicative. Two additional regulations have been identified to combine and simplify, and two have been provided to round out the requirement of ten regulations. Staff cautioned that the final two regulations are not advised to eliminate or reduce.

Explore the memo.

Board Received an Update on Schools Opening in Fall 2023

  • Eagle Charter Schools of Nevada: Primary focus areas include student recruitment, hiring, and facility oversight. An office manager will be onboarded by April 1, and website and social media updates are underway. Professional development for the principal has also taken place. 400+ applications have been submitted so far. Explore the presentation.
  • Pinecrest Academy Springs Campus: The land use application for the facility is complete, and the design team and contractor are working on facility plans. There are currently 175 students registered for grades K-3, with a waiting list formed for grades K and 3. The goal enrollment is 257 students. Several bilingual staff members have also been hired. Explore the presentation.
  • Rooted School – Clark County: As of February 27, all conditions for pre-opening have been met. The school will collocate with Nevada Prep Academy for its first year. Info sessions for enrollment begin March 7, and enrollment opens on March 18. The Director of Operations has been hired, with several teaching positions and an office manager advertised. Explore the presentation.
  • Southern Nevada Trades High School: A principal has been hired and began work March 1. The Sunrise Manor Town Council did not recommend approving the school, and a neighborhood meeting to address residential concerns about noise and traffic was held March 2. The school is on the agenda for the Clark County Commission meeting on March 8. There are 25 applicants, as of February 24. Explore the update.

Board Approved Several Charter School Contract Amendments

  • Battle Born Academy: The Board conditionally approved the school’s request to relocate to a new facility for the 2023-24 school year. The permanent facility will be located at 2101 E. Owens Ave., North Las Vegas, NV 89030, which was previously occupied as a church. Explore the amendment application and the recommendation memo.
  • Elko Institute for Academic Achievement: The Board approved the school’s Good Cause Exemption to reduce its enrollment cap for the 2022-23 school year. It also conditionally approved the deferral of occupying its permanent facility until January 2024 and occupying a temporary facility for Grades 5-8 in the fall of 2023. Explore the amendment application and the recommendation memo.
  • TEACH Las Vegas: The Board approved the Good Cause Exemption to reduce the school’s enrollment caps for the 2022-24 school year, as well as well as subsequent years through the 2027-28 school year. It also approved delaying the school’s transportation plan implementation until the 2023-24 school year. Explore the amendment application and recommendation memo.

Board Heard the Financial Performance Review and Took Action on Recommendations for Schools

Thirty of 38 audits have been received and included. Schools receive seven formal ratings, one for each indicator within the Financial Performance Framework. The Board adopted the SPCSA Financial Performance Framework results presented for FY2022 for all indicators (except for the Enrollment Variance, which was not rated, and findings from Democracy Prep, which submitted additional information prior to the board meeting).

The Board rescinded the Notice of Concern for Quest Preparatory Academy, and maintained the Notice of Concern for Signature Preparatory, as the school is still working to resolve some financial concerns.

The Board issued Notices of Concern for Girls Empowerment Middle School and TEACH Las Vegas. Consideration of a Notice of Concern for Democracy Prep was moved to a later meeting.  Each school will be required to submit a Financial Improvement Plan and provide quarterly updates on the plan’s implementation. Legacy Traditional Schools will also need to submit an updated Targeted Remediation Plan for FY2023 and FY2024.

Explore the ratings memo and the presentation.

Board Adopted the 2023 Growth Management Plan

Revisions to the Plan include:

  • Identifying gaps in serving students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, English learner students, and students who receive Special Education
  • Updating the number of campuses under SPCSA sponsorship, current information, and practices
  • Updating SPCSA performance data, compared with State and District data, as well as student demographic data
  • Updating current educational models within the SPCSA
  • New charter school expansions and new school openings, as well as potential future expansions and new schools
  • Updating new proposed policies to support strategic goals
  • Formalizing procedures for proven provider status

Review the plan.

Long-Range Calendar (next 3 months):

Agenda items over the next three SPCSA board meetings are anticipated to include:

  • Charter school contract amendments
  • Revolving loan application recommendations
  • New schools update
  • Legislative updates
  • Charter school applications received

Explore the calendar.

The next Meeting of the SPCSA Board is scheduled for Friday, April 14, 2023, @ 9:00 a.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 2/28/23

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


Washoe County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The Washoe County School District Board of 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.

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Tuesdays) at 2 pm both virtually and at the Central Administration Building Board Room, 425 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings.

Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person or via email. Email comments should be submitted to publiccomments@washoeschools.net. 


Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Received a Presentation on the Progress and Schedule of the Facility and Modernization Plan

Trustees discussed the progress and schedule of the Facility Modernization Plan. Highlights from the presentation include:

  • Discussing possible trade-up consolidations to improve equity and programming; challenges for this option include transportation time and expense and limits on the annual number of consolidations possible
  • Discussing repurposing facilities for district use (early chilhood/Pre-K centers, education hubs, Family Resource Centers, etc.) and community use (parks and recreation, community centers, health centers, elder care, etc.)
  • Updates on the timeline to include developing scenarios through March, community engagements in March and April, and stakeholder vetting in May; community forums are planned for September and October

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Received a Presentation on the Progress and Schedule of the District-Wide Strategic Planning Process

Trustees received an update on the District’s Student-Centered Strategic Planning process. Highlights from the presentation include:

  • An overview of the student body: out of every 20 students, 3 have disabilities, 3 are English learners, and 11 are economically disadvantaged.
  • An overview of student demographics: out of every 20 students, 1 identifies as Asian, 8 identify as Hispanic, 1 identifies as multiple races, 9 identify as White, and 1 identifies as “other.”
  • An overview of survey responses from elementary, middle, and high school students
  • An overview of the strategic planning process moving forward, with the final plan scheduled to be reviewed by the Board on June 13, 2023. Several alignment team meetings and community forums are scheduled between now and then.
  • An overview of key deliverables, including goals, a comprehensive strategy map, and reports.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Received a Presentation on Academic Outcomes for Emerging Bilingual Students

Trustees received a quality of education report on academic outcomes for students who are learning English. Highlights from the presentation include:

  • Achievement gaps persist with English learners, including SBAC performance and graduation.
  • Models used include EL teachers as well as ELD site facilitators. This model is supposed to coach the teachers in teaching content-specific language, as well as the content itself.
  • There are four designated Newcomer high schools and three designated Newcomer middle schools.
  • The District is trying to develop tests and assessments in the native languages, as well as in English.
  • Next steps include utilizing new weighted funding for ELs to develop and implement new staffing guidelines, growing the ELD Site Facilitator model, and continuing to work with Family and School Partnerships to encourage family engagement and voice.

Explore the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative Report highlights included:

  • Meeting scheduled with student representatives on the strategic planning process
  • Tip sheets for parents about how to address meetings
  • Career fair hosted at AACT (Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology)

Trustee reports highlights included:

  • School visits and staff appreciation events
  • Attending school athletic events
  • High school program for Pre-K education certifications
  • Guest speaking roles
  • School leadership encouraging family and parent engagement

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent did not provide a report.

Public Comment

  • Family concerns over the recent death of a student
  • Concerns about crosswalks and traffic safety
  • Concerns about gangs and violence in schools, with requests for data on the topic to be presented at a future meeting

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for March 14, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 2/23/23

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 5 pm both virtually and at the Edward A. Greer Education Center Board Room (2832 E Flamingo Rd, 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. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person, via email, or via voice recording. Email comments should be submitted to Boardmtgcomments@nv.ccsd.net. To submit a voice recording on items listed on the meeting agenda, call 702-799-1166. Voice recorded public comment is limited to 1 minute 30 seconds.


Thursday, February 23

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (6-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved a Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees (CCASAPE) Regarding an Incentives Program for School-Based Administrators (7-0)

Trustees conducted a public hearing on and approved a MOA between CCSD and CCASAPE that allows for recruiting and/or retention incentives to school-based administrators for the 2023-2024 school year. The fiscal impact of this MOA is $1,000,000.

Explore the Memorandum and fiscal impact summary.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved a Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and CCASAPE Regarding an Incentives Program for School-Based Administrators at Transformation Network Schools (7-0)

Trustees conducted a public hearing on and approved a MOA between CCSD and CCASAPE that allows for recruitment, retention, and/or performance-based incentives to school-based administrators at Transformation Network Schools (listed in the Memorandum). The fiscal impact of this MOA is $1,000,000.

Explore the Memorandum and fiscal impact summary.

Trustees Heard an Update on the Teachers Health Trust

Highlights of the presentation included:

  • Ongoing concerns identified include the $35M loan from CCSD, excess benefit obligations over net assets available for benefits, and post-retiree obligations.
  • The litigation risk has been successfully mitigated.
  • Overall, the audited financials establish that the financial statements were presented fairly, and THT presenters commented that the financial statements were tracking well.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend CCSD Regulation 4291 – Placement and Advancement on the Unified Administrative Salary Schedule (7-0)

Proposed changes include revising language and polices for at-will employees. The current salary schedule does not give the district the fluidity to provide competitive salaries needed to attract talent.

Explore the Notice of Intent.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend CCSD Regulation 4352 – Military Leave (7-0)

Proposed changes include updating a paper process to an automated process, and clarifying language and grammar.

Explore the Notice of Intent.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend CCSD Regulation 4357 – Political Leave (7-0)

Proposed changes include updating a paper process to an automated process.

Explore the Notice of Intent.

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • Safety in schools
  • Incident at Durango High School
  • CCSD Police reform
  • School funding reform
  • Shadow Ridge High School athletic staff

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for February 27, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. This is a joint meeting of the CCSD Board of Trustees and the CCSD Attendance Zone Advisory Committee, and will consider several proposed changes to school zoning.

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 2/14/23

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


Washoe County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The Washoe County School District Board of 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.

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Tuesdays) at 2 pm both virtually and at the Central Administration Building Board Room, 425 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings.

Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person or via email. Email comments should be submitted to publiccomments@washoeschools.net. 


Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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Watch the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Received a Presentation on the Governor’s Recommended Biennial Budget and a Preliminary Analysis of Impacts on K-12 Funding

Staff presented key findings from Governor Lombardo’s recommended biennial budget, for FY 23-24 and FY 24-25, as well as impacts on K-12 funding. Highlights included:

  • Total funding for the Pupil Centered Funding Plan is proposed to increase $1 bilion over the next two years.
  • Funding for emerging bilinguals and at-risk students inreased from 2x to 3x, but state special education funding is flat.
  • At-risk students is capped at 20% of the total student population.
  • Students only get funding based on one category. For example, if a student is both at-risk and an English language learner, only one of those categories is counted, not both.
  • Entire amount of surplus in FY22 ($526 million) is allocated to be held in the Education Stabilization Account. The same would apply to FY23, estimated to be $730 million.
  • Washoe County School District is projected to increase its base per-pupil funding from the current $7,318 to $8,879 in FY24.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Adopted WCSD Board Resolution 23-001, Recognizing February 2023 as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month

Trustees read aloud and adopted the resolution recognizing February 2023 as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.

Explore the resolution.

Trustees Celebrated the Success of Students Attending Darrel C. Swope Middle School

Trustees and staff heard a presentation from the team at Darrel C. Swope Middle School. Highlights included:

  • Overall, ELA, math, and science are at or above standard.
  • 8th grader Eva Lambert won WCSD Student Superstar Award.
  • Panther Days assisted new students entering middle school by helping with lunches, lockers, etc.
  • There are absences due to the construction calendar, capital projects, and online-based learning.  

Explore the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative Report highlights included:

  • Guiding students with questions to address problems
  • Increasing student voice and choice
  • Students have supports and have built relationships with at least one staff member.

Trustee Reports

Trustee reports highlights included:

  • School visits and staff appreciation events
  • Asbestos in the older buildings of the Debbie Smith Career and Technical Education (CTE) Academy High School
  • Mental health access to students using Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GREER) money with parental approval
  • Concerns about children’s privacy, data for sale, and parental involvement
  • Compliance of Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School with its charter agreement

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Supporting the mental health access pilot, or trial period, for students and teachers
  • Thought exchange with staff about budget priorities
  • Students needing to start school on first day; construction projects should not interfere with attendance
  • Preventing fights on school campuses

Public Comment

  • Concerns about security in schools
  • Pay increases to address the teacher shortage and staff retention
  • Concerns about gang violence
  • Comprehensive sex education curriculum

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for February 28, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 2/9/23

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 5 pm both virtually and at the Edward A. Greer Education Center Board Room (2832 E Flamingo Rd, 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. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person, via email, or via voice recording. Email comments should be submitted to Boardmtgcomments@nv.ccsd.net. To submit a voice recording on items listed on the meeting agenda, call 702-799-1166. Voice recorded public comment is limited to 1 minute 30 seconds.


Thursday, February 9

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (7-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Received an Update on Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan: Algebra I and Geometry Participation in Middle School

Trustees received a presentation on the Algebra I and Geometry participation in middle schools, as part of the Focus: 2024 strategic plan. Highlights included:

  • More can be done to develop and support teachers, principals and staff.
  • Each year for the past five years, enrollment in Algebra 1 and Geometry has increased, as compared to the percentage of total students enrolled in CCSD. Note: These courses are in a sequence and students need to complete Algebra 1 before taking Geometry.
  • For the current school year, underrepresentation exists in African American/ Black and Hispanic / Latino student groups.
  • Targets were met for Middle School enrollment in Geometry but not for Middle School enrollment in Algebra 1.
  • Staffing gaps in this area are exacerbated by the additional licensure needed to teach math for high school credit.
  • All of this has led to a revised Theory of Action (page 11 of the presentation).

Explore the presentation in English and in Spanish.

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • Law vs rules
  • Dental insurance plans for educators

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for February 23, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. 

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North Star News – enero 2023

North Star News (NSN) conecta a familias, padres, tutores y miembros de la comunidad con información sobre la educación del estado de Nevada.


Interactuar con la Escuela de su Estudiante

Nos complace compartir una lista de preguntas para ayudar a las familias a participar en conversación con las escuela de sus hijos. Puede utilizar estas preguntas como guía para iniciar conversaciones.

Hay muchas maneras de aprender acerca de las escuelas. Puede ver los datos de la escuela, leer información en línea y hablar con otras familias. Otra forma de aprender más sobre una escuela es establecer relaciones con los maestros, directores, y personal.

Las familias y las escuelas son socios importantes para ayudar a los estudiantes a tener éxito. Ya sea que su estudiante se inscriba a una nueva escuela este otoño o permanezca en su escuela actual, cualquier momento es bueno para hacer preguntas profundas. Esperamos que esta guía les ayude a tener conversaciones significativas con su equipo escolar.

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Actualizaciones de Transporte de CCSD

Varias zonas de transporte cambiarán en el año escolar 2023-2024 para CCSD Career and Technical Academies (CTA).


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NOTICIAS Y OTROS RECURSOS QUE PUEDES UTILIZAR

Recursos

Estamos destacando varias oportunidades para: involucrar, honrar, y apoyar a los estudiantes y sus familias en nuestra comunidad.

  • Becas para Estudiantes en su Último Año de Secundaria: Hay varias oportunidades de becas disponibles para estudiantes de último año de secundaria a través de PEF Plus. El último día para aplicar es el 31 de enero del 2023.
  • Oportunidad de Becas: Code Switch ofrece el Overachievers’ Fund para estudiantes de color con antecedentes de bajos ingresos y en grados K-12. Los fondos de la beca (de hasta $500) se pueden usar para solicitudes universitarias, cuotas deportivas, materiales escolares y otros artículos.
  • Recursos Educativos: Newspapers in Education proporciona recursos educativos gratuitos para todos los grados proporcionados por Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  • Concurso de Video: El Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium (CCCMHC) está organizando un concurso de video para jóvenes para promover la Semana de Aceptación de la Salud Mental Infantil: del 7 al 13 de mayo de 2023. El último día para enviar su video es el 24 de febrero de 2023.
  • Cursos de Cocina Gratis en febrero: Las familias con niños pequeños aprenderán a preparar recetas saludables. Los participantes también recibirán materiales gratuitos como: una tabla de cortar, un libro de cocina, cucharas para medir y más.Talleres: CCSD Family Academy ofrecerá sesiones de aprendizaje para adultos y familias el 25 de febrero de 2023.
  • Talleres: CCSD Family Academy ofrecerá sesiones de aprendizaje para adultos y familias el 25 de febrero de 2023.

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