Nevada Ed-Watch: 1/24/23

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, January 24, 2023

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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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 FY24 Budget Update and 4-Year Financial Plan

Staff presented an update on the FY2023-2024 budget, as well as several considerations for the budget. The Nevada Department of Education will present its overall budget on January 27. Per-pupil funding will most likely not be known until later in the legislative session, and initial findings of the Governor’s budget will be presented at the February 14 Board meeting.

Factors impacting the FY24 budget:

  • Lower birth rates across the nation will impact larger school districts, meaning flat or decreased enrollment.
  • Enrollment in District school has decreased by 4.3% since the 2018-19 school year, or more than 3,000 students from pre-pandemic levels. Charter and private schools have seen increases in enrollment.
  • There will be an enrollment bubble in Grades 9-12 through the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Kindergarten students for 2022-2023 are projected to be 4,400, which means that 600+ more students will be leaving than entering the School District from FY24 – FY27. The revenue shortfall of this decreased enrollment is approximately $8 million (using the current per pupil funding formula).
  • The Nevada Public Employment Retirement System (PERS) Board has approved a rate increase, with an impact of $4.7 million.
  • The per pupil funding formula change in the budget will determine if the District has a revenue shortfall or deficit, by preliminary calculations.

Staff advised the Board to hold off on major budget changes until the legislative session ends but address critical needs in the meanwhile. A tentative budget will be presented on April 11, with final budgets presented May 23.

Staff also presented the four-year long-range financial planning to identify risks and trends. Variables including salaries, enrollment, future per pupil funding allocations, and changes in General Fund revenues. Several models were presented.

Next steps include evaluating the Governor’s proposed budget and the legislative session. The Board directed the Superintendent to continue to analyze and report back to the Board on specific budget issues, items, and other changes to the FY 2023-24 budget process.

Explore the presentation and the budget by department.

Trustees Approved the Purchase of ActivPanels and Associated Hardware

Trustees approved the purchase of classroom ActivPanels and associated hardware through a joinder contract. The total cost is estimated at $6.8 million.

Explore the proposal from Advanced Classroom Technologies and the volume price agreement.

Trustees Approved a Moratorium on Board Policy 9070

Trustees approved a moratorium on Board Policy 9070: Creation, Adoption, Revision, and Deletion of Board Policy, Administrative Regulation, and Administrative Procedures/Manuals. Staff will return with best practices and recommendations.

Explore the policy statement.

Trustees Received a Presentation on Graduation Rates, Diplomas, and Seals

Trustees received a presentation on Washoe County graduation rates and diplomas. Overall, WCSD graduation rates in 2022 were 84%, a slight improvement of 82% in 2021, flat to the five-year graduation rate, and an 18 point increase over 10 years.

Graduation gaps persist in some student groups, including those who identify as American Indian (-20 point gap), African-American/Black (-10 point gap), and Pacific Islander (-5 point gap).

Fifty-two percent of graduates obtained a standard diploma, and 48% received an advanced, honors, or Career and College Ready diploma. The average ACT score for WCSD is 17.5; Nevada’s is 17.3.

Identified needs include additional core materials, supplemental tutoring, addressing academic disparities, interventions for students who need additional supports, and assessments to monitor growth and mastery, and family and community supports. The District has responded to each of these. Student representatives also spoke about their different diploma tracks and their experiences.

Next steps include the purchase of National Clearinghouse Student Tracker service, alignment for instruction, school performance plans focusing on reducing academic disparities, vetting high-quality curriculum and instructional materials, and building foundations for fair and consistent grading practices.

Explore the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative Report highlights included:

  • The Student Advisory Council has been meeting with different student groups on peer-to-peer resources, including programs regarding mental health and setting up pen pals across schools for additional connection points.
  • The Council is also exploring different student engagement tactics to ensure student voices are heard at all District high schools.

Trustee Reports

Trustee reports highlights included:

  • School visits and staff appreciation events
  • Meeting with various stakeholders in the community, including nonprofit organizations
  • Mentoring programs
  • Challenges for schools, students, and staff
  • Encouraging legislative involvement and legislator education on WCSD-related topics
  • Attending the State of the State address and inaugural activities
  • Various school programs and staff members who received statewide and national honors

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Thursday, February 2, is the State of the District address, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. It is open to the public. Learn more about it here.
  • Gratitude towards staff for bringing forward ideas, concerns, and feedback
  • Thoughts on Governor Lombardo’s State of the State address

Public Comment

  • Concerns regarding bargaining unit negotiations
  • Board member agenda requests
  • Task force and public input on diversity
  • The importance of teaching history

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

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 1/10/23

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, January 10, 2023

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Appointed Board Officers

Trustees voted Beth Smith as President of the Board of Trustees; Diane Nicolet as Vice President of the Board of Trustees; and Joe Rodriguez as Clerk of the Board of Trustees.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

  • Approval of the agreement between WCSD and the Association of Professional-Technical Administrators for a payment of an add-on differential for APTA employees returning for the 2022-2023 school year
  • Approval of hiring retired individuals for areas where a critical labor shortage exists
  • Approval of an amendment to a Memorandum of Agreement between WCSD and the Washoe Education Association providing additional compensation for unit members impacted by ongoing staffing shortages

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Approved the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for FY 2021

Staff presented the audit results for FY 2021, which ended June 30, 2022. There were no corrected or uncorrected misstatements in this year’s audit, and no significant or adverse events that required the Board’s attention to complete the audit. No reportable findings were identified for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

Total assets of the District (as of June 30, 2022) were $1.9 billion, and the General Fund summary balance at that time was $61.6 million, reflecting a total change of $3.3 million in the Fund Balance.

Explore the presentation and the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report.

Trustees Celebrated the Success of Lena Juniper Elementary School Students

Trustees heard updates from Lena Juniper Elementary School students and staff members. The school’s SBAC data reflected above average scores, and the school focuses on a sense of belonging and connection to students’ outside lives, interests, and feelings.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved Modifying the Enrollment Boundaries of Several Schools

Trustees approved recommendations of the Zoning Advisory Committee to modify enrollment boundaries of Alice Smith Elementary School, Desert Heights Elementary School, Lemmon Valley Elementary School, and Stead Elementary School, effective at the start of the 2023-2024 school year.

Explore the presentation and the impacts of the rezoning efforts to these areas.

Trustees Discussed Programs and Initiatives Related to School Safety

Staff presented an overview of school safety measures from 2011- 2022, including public address systems upgrades, secure perimeters, CCTV systems, door hardware security upgrades, visitor management systems, school police support and maintenance, and single point of entries for elementary and middle schools.

Current initiatives in progress include BiDirectional Amplifier upgrades, emergency door numbering, radio and body camera upgrades, and other projects. The Safe and Healthy Schools Commission convenes 16 members with representation from students, families, emergency services, government agencies, medical/mental health professionals, and at-large community members.

Future initiatives include ongoing capital projects, facilities modernization, perimeters and SPE’s on high school campuses, firearm detection K9 services, continued joint training, safety presentations and trainings, and updating the Regional Active Assailant response plan.

Discussion included the student and community safety collaboration group, pursuing new technologies and best practices, family concerns, mental health, gun safety, traffic and bike safety, and the role of volunteer committees in school safety.

The Superintendent will take the ideas and feedback from Trustees for discussion and possible action at a future meeting.

Explore the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative did not provide a report at this meeting.

Trustee Reports

Trustee reports highlights included:

  • For new Trustees, setting up visits and onboarding meetings with representatives and schools in their districts
  • Staff appreciation
  • Various school visits and events
  • Serving on Governor Lombardo’s education transition committee
  • Commemorating National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
  • TMCC Nevada Promise scholarship program

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • The process for determining weather-related school delays and/or closures
  • A slight delay with the District’s community-wide strategic planning process to be able to include the student survey due to be completed this month
  • Thanking Trustees for their service during School Board Appreciation/Recognition Month

Public Comment

  • Fiscal responsibility in the District
  • Addressing education quality and school safety issues
  • Student behavior and student and staff safety concerns
  • Requested Trustee action items
  • Student discipline support for teachers and staff
  • Various teacher and staff difficulties regarding staffing, safety, and burnout

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for January 24, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 12/13/22

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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, December 13, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Adopted the Final Draft of the 2023 Washoe County School District Legislative Platform

Staff and contracted personnel from Pinyon Public Affairs provided a recap of trustee feedback from the previous draft of the 2023 legislative platform. Priorities include staff raises, increasing the direct ask to a 15% increase in base funding, and centered on a 20% goal; highlighting traffic safety and human trafficking in student safety measures; funding for class sizes and eliminating weighted funding caps; preserving instructor professionalism and autonomy; and targeting property tax reform ensures a stable, predictable revenue stream in a way that matches the demand for student services, is transparent in allocations, and is limited in its use to address the most pressing needs. Following these updates, Trustees approved the legislative platform.

Explore the 2023 Legislative Platform Draft and the presentation.

Trustees Adopted a Resolution in Support of “iNVest 2023”, A Nevada Association of School Superintendents Document Supporting Public Education in Nevada

Trustees voted to support the iNVest 2023 framework, a document from the Nevada Association of School Superintendents that outlines several legislative priorities focused around improving student achievement. Priorities include increasing per-pupil funding, fully funding weights assigned in the Pupil Centered Funding Plan, modernizing educational statutes, enabling schools to be technology-rich, investing in school safety measures, and new school construction.

Explore the resolution and the iNVest 2023 document.

Trustees Adopted Washoe County School District Board Resolutions 22-034 and 22-035 to Augment and Amend the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget

Trustees approved transfers and augmentations to comply with Nevada Revised Statutes in alignment with the average daily enrollment of pupils. Resolution 22-034 regarded the General Fund and accounted for $2,598,708 to cover encumbered expenses for devices, technology-related purchases, and equipment, school and department carryover, and future costs related to finalized negotiations.

Revenues will decrease by $8,383,264 due to decreased enrollment (average daily enrollment was budgeted at 61,923 students and the actual daily enrollment was 60,777 students). To offset this shortfall, it will reduce already vacant teacher positions, vacant TOSA positions, and available at-risk funding.

Resolution 22-035 regarded the State Special Education Fund. Available resources consist of $84,947 in net anticipated revenues above what is currently budgeted, and State Special Education revenues are $474,584 more than budgeted, which will be used to pay for encumbrance and school carryover, half of the new Associate Chief of Teaching and Learning position, and flow-through funds to District-sponsored charter schools.

Explore Board Resolution 22-034, Board Resolution 22-035, and the FY23 December Amended Budget Presentation.

Trustees Adopted Board Resolution 22-036 that Provides for Issuance of a General Obligation Medium-Term Bonds in an Amount Not to Exceed $3.4 Million

Trustees approved Board Resolution 22-036 that provides for the issuance of a general obligation medium-term bonds in an amount not to exceed $3.4 million. This will be used to acquire 12 school buses and 22 support vehicles for the district, as well as provides the form, terms, and conditions of the bond, and authorizes the staff to accept a binding bid for the project.

Explore Board Resolution 22-036.

Trustees Received an Update on the Facility Modernization Plan

The first community survey has received more than 1,400 responses and is still open. Field observations and the equity rubric and benchmarking are complete, and a capacity metric has been developed to determine capacity utilization. The first workshop has also been completed, with the second scheduled for January 9.

An educational adequacy assessment is underway, which includes age of the physical building and capability for modern instruction. Facility benchmarking is also taking place for all elementary, middle, and high schools. A slate of early action projects was recommended, based on student needs, facility conditions, operational efficiency, and shovel-readiness (facilities would be ready by 2025). Vaughn Middle School was identified as the most immediate need on this slate for several reasons, including facility inefficiency and student needs.

The recommendation is to proceed with procurement of architectural and engineering design and construction management services to rebuild Vaughn Middle School on the same site, with the school remaining in operation during construction (with students separated with safety barriers), with demolition of the existing building and new playfields after move-in to the new facility.

The team will provide preliminary/final recommendations in February/April.

Explore the update presentation.

Trustees Approved the Washoe County School District Capital Improvement Program, to Include the 2022-2023 ‘B’ Major Projects Program

Trustees approved the recommendations of the Capital Funding Protection Committee’s 2022-2023 ‘B’ Major Projects Program, to include immediate investments into Vaughn Middle School and allow staff to contract for architectural work necessary to begin school improvements.

Review the WCSD Capital Improvement Program list of projects.

Trustees Recognized the 12th Annual Holiday Card Contest Winners

Trustees celebrated the finalists and winners of the annual holiday card competition, including one each from grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Explore the presentation and finalists’ cards.

Trustees Heard a School Spotlight Presentation on Yvonne Shaw Middle School

Trustees recognized the improvement in student outcomes at Yvonne Shaw Middle School.

Explore the highlight presentation.

Trustees Received a Presentation on the Entry Plan Summary Report for Superintendent Enfield

Superintendent Enfield shared her learnings from her first few months in the community. From these learnings, the team will begin the strategic planning process. Highlights in staff engagement include more than 60 school visits, monthly Soup with the Supe meetings, Supe Sessions, and Lunch and Learn gatherings, collaborations with employee association partners, and implementing the Ducky Awards to build a culture of celebration and appreciation. Opportunities in staff engagement include focusing on teaching and learning, reassessing assessments, and advocating for funding students and staff.

In family engagement, highlights include town halls, community coffee chats, and small group conversations. Opportunities in this area include dedicated leadership for special education, creating superintendent advisory groups, and home visits.

In engaging with community leaders and organizations, highlights include monthly meetings with higher education leaders and working with business and industry partners. Opportunities include additional partnerships, community involvement, and partnership opportunities for student success.

In analyzing information and collaborating with staff, highlights included working with principals to implement coverage solutions, working on short-term and long-term educator needs, reintroducing the NWEA MAP Growth assessments, and eliminating the transportation rotation system. Opportunities include intentional planning for professional development days, strengthening relationships with elected officials, and efficient use of resources.

Next steps for Superintendent Enfield include launching the strategic planning process and providing a comprehensive update during the WCSD State of Education address in February 2023.

Explore the summary report, presentation, and “A New Chapter for WCSD.”

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative did not provide a report at this meeting.

Trustee Reports

Trustee reports highlights included:

  • School visits and meetings with administrators
  • Importance of traffic safety in school zones
  • Thanking Trustee Minetto for her service
  • Welcoming Trustee Woodley to the Board
  • Upcoming State Board of Education meeting items
  • Holiday greetings

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Thanking Trustee Minetto for her service
  • Welcoming Trustee Woodley to the Board
  • Congratulating the students holiday card winners
  • Holiday greetings

Public Comment

  • Accomplishments of the Washoe Education Association and collaboration with the Superintendent
  • Administrative Regulation 5161
  • Collaboration on behalf of special needs and special education students
  • District transparency with kids and parents

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for January 10, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 11/22/22

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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


Thursday, November 22, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Reviewed the Applications Submitted to Fill the Vacant Position in District E and Selected Candidates to be Interviewed by the Board

District E trustee Angie Taylor won her Assembly race, and the application period to appoint a replacement to the position, per NRS 386.270, has closed. Several applications for this role have been submitted, and the Board heard several introductory remarks from candidates. After a ranked vote, the Trustees moved forward three candidates to be interviewed for the vacant role: Meghan Beyer, Kelly Crosby-Sturtz, and Alex Woodley.

Various public comments were heard on behalf of different candidates.

Review the applications and the applicant screening rubric.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Discussed and Provided Direction to Staff on the 2023 WCSD Legislative Platform for the 2023 Legislative Session

Staff presented the district’s proposed legislative platform, which includes:

  • Advocating for sustainable, strategic funding, including competitive compensation, property tax reform, elimination of unfunded mandates, ensuring funds are used as intended, sustainable funding for vulnerable students, addressing the “Digital Divide,” and investment in high-quality instructional materials
  • Personnel support, including removing barriers to licensure, development of scholarships, grants, and internships for potential educators, flexible licensing, multiple pathways for industry experts and administrative leaders, building an educator pathway model, and enhancing classroom safety
  • Calling for a 10% across-the-board salary increase to educators, administrators, and support personnel

After discussion, staff will revise the platform to consider trustee feedback on  exploring a 20% increase in pay; various funding formula topics, including double-weighting of students, funding to the ratio (not outside of the ratio), and funding amounts; and including human trafficking and traffic safety in safety plans.

Explore the 2023 Legislative Platform Draft and the presentation.

Trustees Discussed the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 Budget Process and Four-Year Financial Plan

Staff presented the FY 2024 budget process and four-year financial plan under the Pupil Centered Funding Plan. FY 22 state General Fund revenues exceeded budgeted revenues by $1.013 billion. Several policy decisions will be formed as the state builds the K-12 education budget, including adhering to the concepts of SB 542 (2019), what budget assumptions the state will use, and what the state will prioritize with revenue growth this biennium.

Staff cautioned that the budget process includes several unknown factors, including the legislative session, monitoring of state K-12 budget, development of critical needs, and adjustments to ESSER funding, as well as enrollment, inflation, labor costs, and the economy. Staff will closely monitor the legislative session and will hold off on major budget changes until the session ends but will address critical needs.

The four-year financial plan will be centered around the District’s General Fund budget and will reflect the long-term impact of known factors such as declining enrollment due to enrollment bubble, employee step increases, and fixed costs for new schools, as well as unknown factors such as per-pupil amounts based on State revenues, inflation, and economic scenarios.

Next steps include tracking the State Education Fund revenues and monitoring the Economic Forum, the Governor’s recommended budget, and the 2023 legislative session.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved the 2022-2023 ‘A’ Major Projects Program in the Amount of $3 Million as Recommended by the Capital Funding Protection Committee

Staff presented and Trustees approved the design phase funding request for the Stonebrook Area Elementary School, in the amount of $3 million. This will help address existing overcrowding and growth. The request approves several architecture and engineering services, site surveying, cost estimating, plan review and permitting, and utility connection fees, among others. This phase will take place from November 2022 – July 2023, and then Trustees will decide if the project should bid and construct, or hold, based on enrollment.

Review the presentation and the list of projects.

Trustees Discussed Smarter Balanced Assessment Mathematics Data in Grades 3-8

Staff presented Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) results in mathematics in grades 3-8, as well as some high school data. Overall, no grade level (3-8) has returned to pre-pandemic levels in mathematics, while there was a slight uptick in performance over the previous year. District-wide, 34% of students perform at grade level. By student population groups, gaps in performance persist in African American (-21), Pacific Islander (-18), American Indian (-17), and Hispanic (-14) students, as well as students who are English learners (-25), students with IEPs (-22), and students who qualify for free and reduced lunch (-15). In high school, there was an increase in the percentage of algebra and geometry credits earned between 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

Consistent with NAEP data, academic recovery in math is not happening as fast as it is with ELA overall. A state-to-state comparison of other states that utilize SBA was also presented, further demonstrating consistency with academic recovery trends.

Next steps include alignment for quality instruction, school performance plans focusing on reducing academic disparities and opportunity gaps, vetting high-quality curriculum and instructional materials, and building foundations for fair and consistent grading practices.

Explore the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative was not present for a report.

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Recognizing schools for several achievements, including Purple Star School status, athletic achievements, and recent educator honors
  • School visits
  • Gratitude for schools, students, and staff
  • Thank you to former Board president Angie Taylor

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Thanking an exiting leadership team member, as well as board members, students, staff, and families
  • Thanking former Board president Angie Taylor

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for December 13, at 5:00 p.m. 

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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, November 8, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Item 2.04, the approval of the student behavior manual and implementation report, was pulled and passed along a separate vote, noting that the item will return to the agenda for periodic updates and discussion as necessary.

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Adopted Resolution 22-031, Recognizing November 7-11, 2022 as National School Psychology Week

Trustees adopted a resolution that recognized November 7-11, 2022 as National School Psychology Week.

Explore the resolution.

Trustees Adopted Resolution 22-033, Recognizing November 14-20, 2022 as National Apprenticeship Week

Trustees adopted a resolution that will recognize National Apprenticeship Week from November 14-20, 2022, and the importance of career and technical education.

Explore the resolution.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Adopted Resolution 22-032, Authorizing the Issuance of Up To $3.4 Million of Medium-Term Obligations to Acquire School Buses and Other Support Vehicles for the District

Trustees conducted a public hearing on and then adopted Resolution 22-032, which authorizes up to $3.4 million in medium-term general obligations to acquire school buses and other support vehicles and equipment for the district.

Explore the resolution.

Trustees Discussed and Approved a Process for the Appointment of a Potentially Vacant Position on the Board of Trustees

Trustees discussed and then approved a process to appoint a legally qualified individual to fill a potential vacancy on the Board of Trustees in District E. Dr. Angela Taylor is running for State Assembly, and should she win, she cannot hold more than one elected office at one time, per NRS 281.055. The appointment would run through December 2024.

The Office of the General Counsel and Board Services recommended that a solicitation for applications be placed in the Reno Gazette-Journal and on other news and social media sites, and following the application deadline, the Board would reduce qualified applicants to be interviewed at a special Board meeting on December 6. The finalists would then be voted on by the Board for a decision on the appointment.

Explore the calendar, invitation to apply, and the notice of meeting to appoint, as well as a map of District E and interview questions from a 2021 vacancy process.

Trustees Received a Spotlight Presentation on the Success of Students Attending Florence Drake Elementary School

Trustees received a presentation highlighting Florence Drake Elementary School, one of Nevada’s Blue Ribbon schools for this year. Several students and staff participated in the presentation. The school’s focuses include Math Claim 1: concepts and procedures, speaking on ACCESS, family engagement, bringing back family nights, and ‘school within a school’ classrooms.

Explore the presentation.

Board Received an Update on the Progress and Schedule for the District-Wide Facility Modernization Plan

Trustees received an update on the Facility Modernization Plan, following a series of community forums, analyzing existing facility data, and an open online survey. The team has engaged a district planning group for visioning and goal-setting workshops. Topics of these meetings have included student experience, equity, STEAM, career and technical education, and more.

Community engagement for the plan has been very active, including holding stakeholder advisory group workshops, community forums, involving the student advisory council, and deploying the first community survey, which closes November 11. Facility condition assessments, educational adequacy assessments, and capacity analysis are being evaluated.

Next steps include the last round of community forums, taking place January 25 and 26, and encouraging members of the public to take the community survey, available in both English and Spanish. Data analysis will also continue. Another update will take place in December.

Explore the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative did not provide a report at this meeting.

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights were abbreviated for this meeting due to weather conditions, but included:

  • Issuing a call for civility during the election season

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent did not provide a report at this meeting.

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Reno High School facilities usage

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for November 22, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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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, October 25, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Adopted Washoe County School District Board Resolutions 22-015, 22-016, 22-017, 22-018, 22-019, 22-020, 22-021, 22-022, 22-023, 22-024, 22-025, 22-026, 22-027, 22-028, 22-029, 22-030, Resolutions To Augment Various Fiscal Year 2022-23 Capital Projects Funds Budgets, And Approval Of Augmentation For Various Fiscal Year 2022-23 Capital Projects Funds Budgets

Trustees adopted several board resolutions regarding the need to augment capital budgets for several projects, including IT device refreshes, construction projects at Debbie Smith Career and Technical Education and JWood Raw Elementary, and other programs.

Explore the presentation and resolution documents.

Trustees Approved a Donation of Real Property at 4917 Hombre Way in Reno to ACE Charter School

Trustees approved the donation of real property at 4917 Hombre Way in Reno to ACE Charter School. This is associated with the recent completion of a pupil-constructed residence.

Explore the overview map and previous action staff reports.

Trustees Discussed the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Data in Grades 3-8 and How it is Used to Improve Student Learning Outcomes

Trustees reviewed SBAC testing data from grades 3-8. Overall, in English Language Arts (ELA), students’ performance decreased four percentage points over 2018-2019 results, and increased two percentage points over 2020-2021 results. Academic disparities over long periods of time persisted throughout the pandemic, including those among Hispanic, American Indian, and Pacific Islander students, students who quality for free or reduced lunch, English learner students, and students who are on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

Strategies for supporting improved outcomes on the SBAC include additional core materials (such as high-quality ELA textbook adoptions in elementary school, strengthening instruction for EL students, and alignment with essential standards); supplemental materials for additional targeted supports for student groups and differentiating instruction; addressing academic disparities (i.e. Tier I language-rich instruction ELs); interventions; assessments; adult learning and staff supports; middle school pathways; and family and community supports.

Identified next steps for the District include alignment for quality instructions; school performance plans focused on reducing academic disparities and opportunity gaps; vetting high-quality curriculum and instructional materials; and building foundations for standards-based grading practices.

Explore the presentation and the Response to Recovery Strategic Plan.

Trustees Heard an Update on Measurable Outcomes Related to Specific Goals and Objectives Included in the District’s Response to Recovery Strategic Plan

Trustees received a presentation on the District’s Response to Recovery Strategic Plan, Goals One (academic growth) and Five (safe and welcoming schools). For Goal One, targets in science, ELA, and math were not met; areas of success include solidifying Professional Learning Communities to review student learning, implementing common assessments for math, expanding tutoring, and linking Multi-Tiered System of Supports with PLC focus centered around academic performance.

Goal Five involved increasing students reporting favorable attitudes towards school engagement positive relationships with school community, feeling safe, and social and emotional health. One out of eleven of these areas was improved. Next steps for this goal include building a clear understanding of a 3-pronged approach to student and family engagement; considering strength-based or asset-based tools to strengthen student-educator relationships; and extending services for teachers and staff supporting
their social-emotional needs.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved the AB 495 Grant Application to the Nevada Department of Education for $20,590,399

Trustees approved the District’s AB 495 grant application. This grant will support student recovery, and must address the impact of learning loss experienced as a result of the pandemic. WCSD was awarded $20,590,399, and the breakdown of the funding includes $15.6 million for instructional support, tutoring, English Learner support, dyslexia training for staff, web-based intervention programs, Activboards for schools, audio enhancement devices for teachers, CTE equipment and supplies, and musical instruments and art supplies.

In student wellbeing, $4.9 million was approved for a crisis counselor, a substance abuse counselor, mental health administration, a re-engagement facilitator, attendance officers, CIT liaisons, family graduation advocates, a Native American graduation advocate, and MTSS specialists.

Activities will be evaluated using progress monitoring, and plans match the data being collected in ESSER 2 and ESSER 3.

Explore the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative was not present for a report.

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Several school visits
  • School recruitment and staff appreciation events
  • Staff recognition and school awards
  • Construction career day

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Appreciation for Trustees and district staff

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Approaches to English Learners
  • Issues with bus transportation
  • Parent notifications for Code Yellow and Code Red incidents
  • Candidate misinformation
  • Student engagement
  • District funding
  • Translators for conference week

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for November 8, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 10/11/22

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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, October 11, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Item 2.06 – Possible Action for the Board of Trustees to use the office of the general counsel to represent WCSD Board of Trustees for open meeting law purposes, was pulled for discussion and approved on a separate vote.

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Received a Presentation on the Use of Pinyon Public Strategies for Strategic Consultation and Government Relations Services

Trustees received a presentation on the use of Pinyon Public Strategies, which will provide strategic consultations and government relations services to WCSD for the 2023 legislative session, working closely with the Office of General Counsel to monitor potential legal impacts of proposed legislation. This contract will be in place of a full-time staff member.

Explore the agreement.

Trustees Approved a Bid to Demolish and Abate Various Buildings at Debbie Smith Career and Technical Education Academy High School

Trustees approved the award of Bid #23-09-B-08-DA for the demolition and abatement of various building at Debbie Smith Career and Technical Education Academy High School to Integrated Demolition and Remediation Inc. for $7.6 million.

Explore the bid tabulation and contract.

Trustees Approved Forensic Analytical Consulting Services for Project Management and Oversight for Site Demolition and Abatement of Various Buildings at the Debbie Smith Career and Technical Academy High School

Trustees approved Forensic Analytical Consulting Services to provide environmental health consulting services, project management, and project oversight during the demolition and abatement activities impacting asbestos-containing materials and lead-containing paints as part of Debbie Smith CTE Academy High School, for $197,710.

Explore the agreement.

Trustees Heard an Update on the Creation of the New Position of Associate Chief of Teaching and Learning, Specialized Instruction

After several months meeting with students, families, and staff members, the Superintendent recommended spitting the current role of one of the Area Superintendents (Area 5 & Special Education) into two separate positions: Area Superintendent (Area 5) and a new position, Associate Chief of Teaching and Learning, Specialized Instruction, to provide more personalized, dedicated service to students, families, and schools. The creation of this position will be funded in FY 2022-2023 General Fund contingency account, and through the General Fund in future years.

A more comprehensive set of recommendations will be given to the Board in December.

Explore the Superintendent’s Entry Plan and the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative’s report highlights included:

  • The first Student Advisory meeting of the year, with recruitment underway for additional members

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Several school visits, as well as specialty programs for adult learners
  • Attending a conference relating to homelessness and children in transition
  • A district school earning an Edward Murrow Award for student reporting
  • Upcoming town halls with the superintendent and creating relationships with city officials and other community stakeholders
  • Attending the NIAA annual meeting
  • Attending meetings with teacher leaders

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • 40+ community, staff, and student meetings convening in the Superintendent’s first three months
  • Diedrichsen Elementary School teacher Connie Hall being awarded the 2023 Nevada Teacher of the Year
  • Full transportation services returning to the district

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Accountability with student achievement
  • Memberships in 501c6 advocacy organizations
  • Student data collection
  • Individual Education Programs
  • Special education staff shortages
  • School counselor caseloads
  • Educator and support staff shortages

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for October 25, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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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, September 27, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Item 2.06, an interlocal agreement between Washoe County School District (WCSD) and the City of Reno, Parks and Recreation Department, was pulled from the consent agenda.

The following items were pulled from the consent agenda for individual discussion, and passed on separate votes:

  • 2.08 – Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between WCSD and the Washoe School Principals’ Association providing for signing incentives and/or end of year stipends for principals selected for or retained at an assignment at Acceleration Schools
  • 2.12 – Directing the Superintendent to enter into a contract with Balanced Governance Solutions for the facilitation of the Superintendent evaluation process
  • 2.16 – Preliminary approval of revisions to Board Policy 9088 on Trustee/Superintendent relations
  • 2.17 – Preliminary approval of revisions to Board Policy 9100 on public bodies
  • 2.20 – Preliminary approval of revisions to Board Policy 9115 on meetings of the Board of Trustees

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Received a Presentation on the New Logo and Mascot of JWood Raw Elementary School

Staff detailed the design, community engagement, vetting, and voting process for the new branding, logo, and mascot of JWood Raw Elementary School. A stakeholder group reviewed nominations and selected finalists, and then reviewed brand color options and logo concepts. Final concepts were sent out for a vote via online survey, which was open for two weeks. The new mascot will be a jaguar, and the final logo was selected by a 209-191 vote.

Explore the presentation and new logo and branding.

Trustees Received an Update on the Comprehensive Facility Modernization Plan

In June 2022, CannonDesign began a professional services agreement for a Facility Modernization Plan. Trustees received an update on the Plan, which will guide facility use and capital investment decisions for the next 5-10 years, and is part of the Superintendent’s strategic plan. There is a focus on equity, efficiency, transparency, and ensuring a data-driven process, with priorities informed by students and community members.

Community engagement will involve 22 planning workshops, 100+ committee members, over 25,000 engaged stakeholders, three community surveys, and several community forums. 170 campuses are part of the assessment process.

The District Planning Working Group met September 22 to discuss guiding principles, and will meet in October on data. The Stakeholder Advisory Group will meet in October and Community Forums began in September and will continue in October and January. The Board will be briefed in November (data findings), December (draft options and early action projects), and February/April for preliminary and final recommendations. Community members can stay engaged by participating in the Community Forum series. More information can be found here.

Explore the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative was not present at this meeting.

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Attending first day of school activities and supporting student clubs and activities
  • Attending the first town hall conducted by the Superintendent Enfield
  • Several school visits
  • Attending JROTC events
  • New Communities in Schools locations
  • National Blue Ribbon school awardees
  • Parent/teacher home visit program information
  • Various Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • A request for motorists to be alert and aware around schools
  • The first Student Advisory Council meeting of the year
  • Town halls and coffee meetings with various District team members
  • The first Soup with the Supe event, including a Q & A with students and sitting down with staff on opportunities and challenges
  • October 26 will be the first quantitative presentation on education quality to the Trustees, with a focus on equity challenges and opportunities; November will begin school presentations.
  • Honoring a district superstar student of the month at upcoming board meetings

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Student screen time
  • Superintendent and Trustee community engagement
  • Educator engagement with the Facility Modernization Plan
  • Classroom resources and ESSER fund usage
  • History education
  • Public comment periods

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for October 11, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 09/13/22

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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, September 13, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Item 2.14, Service Agreement with Paper Education Company to purchase tutoring licenses using ESSER funds, was pulled from the consent agenda for further discussion and was approved on a separate vote.

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Heard an Update on Critical Labor Shortages in the Transportation Department

The district is currently operating on an Area Rotation Plan for transportation. There are 220-230 daily drivers expected to be available by October 10, and the district is expecting to return to its Full Daily Hub Transportation System by that date. Staff utilized attendance and hardship data to prioritize the return of daily bus transportation, and charter bus organizations have been used in some neighborhoods.

To continue to ensure the transportation department is staffed at adequate levels, staff identified continuing emphasis on retention and recruitment, and examining route efficiencies, as well as bell times.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved the Renaming of Ridgeline Stadium and the Duffield Student Center

Trustees approved the naming of the renovated athletic field at Incline High School to Ridgeline Stadium and the building expansion at Incline High School to the Duffield Student Center. The board authorized the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation to remove or change signs, plaques, and other naming marks until 2030 at the expense of the Foundation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative’s report highlights included:

  • Student Advisory Council beginning to meet again this in September, with regular meetings and engagement opportunities on the calendar

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Attending the Nevada Association of School Boards conference in Las Vegas
  • Attending an educators’ family event
  • School and staff visits at several schools throughout the district
  • Attending a reception to welcome Superintendent Enfield to the community
  • Meeting with the Washoe Education Association

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Acknowledging the team for addressing and handling issues regarding smoke from nearby wildfires
  • Visiting 30+ schools so far and learning more about student and teacher needs
  • An upcoming town hall on 9/22 at Desert Skies Middle School, with upcoming dates for town halls and coffee chats listed on the website
  • Debuting “Soup with the Supe” next week, with a student focus group following the meeting
  • Holding the first lunch and learn with central office teams
  • Working to address staffing issues, noting the progress thus far, but acknowledging the additional work that remains
  • Addressing how to close student achievement gaps
  • Opening discussions on how to build an assessment system that serves students, teachers, and families and allows the district to adequately measure growth

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Trustee concerns
  • Closing learning gaps
  • Staffing concerns

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for September 27, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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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, August 23, 2022

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:

Item 2.13: Approval to Purchase Student Devices was pulled from the Consent Agenda for separate discussion and vote and passed on a separate vote.

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Approved a Proposal for a Bill Draft Request for the 2023 Legislative Session

The District can submit one bill draft request (BDR) each legislative session, and the request for the 2023 Legislative Session is due to the Legislative Counsel Bureau by September 1, 2022. Staff proposed a BDR that focuses on modernizing educational statutes to allow for innovation and to strengthen system-level coherence and alignment across the education system. A core feature of the proposed BDR will be creating a long-term commission and work groups to study educational statutes and provide recommendations and areas of prioritization, as well as opportunities to streamline, modernize, and increase efficiency of statutes to serve students and schools. The proposed BDR will encompass four core tenets: innovation, system-level coherence and alignment, evidence-based interventions and outcomes, and reducing burden and streamlining work across the district.

Trustees Adopted Board Resolution 22-013, A 2022C School Improvement Bond Resolution

Trustees adopted a resolution that would authorize up to $40,000,000 in general obligation bonds for District capital projects, to be used to finance the FY2023 Capital Renewal Program. This program includes rehabilitation and repairs at schools, including flooring, signage, fire alarm systems, plumbing, repaving, and other projects. The funds are budgeted.

Explore the resolution and the Preliminary Official Statement.

Trustees Reviewed a Video from the First Day of School

Staff introduced a video highlighting different experiences from the first day of the 2022-2023 school year.

New Principals Were Introduced to the Trustees

Trustees were introduced to new principals in the District.

Trustees Approved the School Expansion Request of Coral Academy of Science

Trustees approved a request from Coral Academy of Science for a charter amendment to facilitate the school’s expansion at 1595 Sky Mountain Drive in Reno, as well as a purchase option agreement and form of bond purchase agreement. This approval followed several meetings between Coral Academy and the District to alleviate concerns about enrollment, facilities, and financial liabilities. Following these meetings, staff recommended approval of the charter amendment based on several conditions to be met by the Coral Academy of Science team.

View the presentation and the term sheet agreement.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative’s report highlights included:

  • First day of school activities
  • Student Advisory Council to reconvene in September

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Participating in several schools’ first day celebrations and activities
  • Aviation Day coming up on September 24 for aviation industry careers
  • A back-to-school expo welcoming hundreds of students and families for supplies and resources
  • A teacher supply distribution event that welcomed 750 teachers
  • Participating in the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Governing Board
  • Attending a community meeting of the African-American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Excitement around the first day of school
  • Continuing to visit schools in the district as part of her entry plan
  • Gratitude for the hard work the staff has done in ensuring a strong start of the school year
  • Participation in upcoming meetings of the Student Advisory Council
  • Upcoming sports season and new field dedication at Hug High School
  • Reminder that the first town hall will be held August 30, at 5:30 p.m. at Reno High School

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Student data collection tools
  • Student test scores

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for September 13, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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