Nevada Ed-Watch: 09/13/22

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, September 13, 2022

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:

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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Nevada Ed-Watch: 08/23/22

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, August 23, 2022

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:

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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