Nevada Ed-Watch: 09/27/22

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 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: 08/09/2022

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 9, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Trustees approved Consent Agenda items 2.03 through 2.06 and 2.08 through 2.13. Consent agenda highlights include:

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Discussed Possible Topics for Bill Draft Requests for the 2023 Legislative Session

Board members discussed possible proposals for bill draft requests for the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session. The District can submit one bill draft request each session, and the request is due to the Legislative Counsel Bureau by September 1, 2022. Possible topics include unfunded mandates and safety issues. The Superintendent will research these (and potential other) topics and will present findings at the next scheduled Board meeting on August 23.

Trustees Discussed The Superintendent Entry Plan

The Superintendent discussed her entry plan into the community, providing opportunities to build relationships and gather information to share with Trustees and the community to assess strengths, challenges, and opportunities within the District. Three priorities identified are getting back to the basics, building trust, and creating a healthy, supportive and resilient school system.

The plan has been divided into three phases:

  • Phase I: August – October 2022: Listening, learning, and building relationships
  • Phase II: October – December 2022: Analyzing information and collaborating with staff
  • Phase III: December 2022 – June 2023: Reporting results and launching the development of the District’s strategic plan

The Superintendent will provide an update at the October 11, 2022 Board meeting and a summary report at the December 13, 2022 Board meeting.

Explore the presentation and the Superintendent Entry Plan.

Board Approved a Recommendation from the Group Insurance Committee for a Group Health Insurance Rate Increase of 0% for the 2023 Plan Year

Trustees approved the District’s Group Insurance Committee’s recommendation of a 0% rate increase for the 2023 plan year, due to the position of the self-funded Health Insurance Fund and financial pressures faced by employees.

Trustees Discussed Staffing Levels and Vacancies for the 2022-2023 School Year

Staff provided an update on staffing levels and vacancies. A recent decision was made to deploy 60 Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs) to classrooms. With those TOSAs in the classrooms, 87 positions remain unfilled (in comparison, there were 62 open positions on the first day of school last year). Staff has been discussing options for covering those positions, including long-term substitutes, class scheduling adjustments, and others, and will continue to work through the issue as the beginning of the school year approaches.

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • The openings of O’Brien Middle School and Hug High School
  • Tours of ACE High School
  • Visiting summer food distribution sites at different schools (in partnership with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada)

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Preparing for the first day of the 2022-2023 school year on Monday, August 15
  • Working to get the Student Advisory Council operational for the new school year
  • Meeting with the Washoe Education Association on additional staff supports for the new school year
  • Leadership Academy welcoming about 400 principals, assistant principals, and staff last week

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Entry plan for the Superintendent
  • Safe Embrace resource closure
  • Coral Academy expansion request
  • Student achievement and ACT scores
  • Equitable resource and facility use for the marching band at Damonte Ranch High School

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for August 23, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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Strengthening Parent & Family Voices in Education

Opportunity 180 announced four grantees for its inaugural Family Power Impact Grant totaling $1.8 million over multiple years, with the goal of providing support for family-focused organizations dedicated to education, programming and capacity-building to increase families’ voices in education. This first-of-its-kind grant opportunity will give organizations capacity to  develop programs, events and outreach tools to keep families engaged with their students’ educational experiences as the 2022-2023 school year begins.

According to the national leader in investing in family voice, the Flamboyan Foundation and its “Family Engagement Matters” publication, family engagement leads to increased student achievement rates, higher graduation rates, reduced absenteeism, better student-teacher relationships and more cultural competence — all of which can have significant results on long-term student achievement and success. Creating these opportunities to support family voice is a critical component of engaging the community towards a North Star of ensuring every kid graduates from high school college and career ready.

“Opportunity 180 is committed to elevating student and family voices to ensure students are at the center of solutions to educational challenges,” said Jana Wilcox Lavin, CEO of Opportunity 180. “Through the Family Power Impact Grant, we are supporting organizations that will bolster student and family voices and provide meaningful, targeted resources to support diverse communities, increase understanding and communication, and ultimately have an impact on student success.”

The four grantees are: 

  • Parent Leadership Team of Nevada, which will use grant funds to form their own 501(c)(3) organization and deepen their impact on our community, as well as provide training, volunteer materials, and programming to support their efforts in developing and organizing families seeking better educational outcomes for their children, particularly in immigrant and under-resourced communities in Southern Nevada 
  • No Racism in Schools, which will establish its first two programs, Kids Corner (a mentorship and life coaching program) and quarterly workshops for families and other community stakeholders, as well as build capacity for future growth and family engagement efforts
  • Power2Parent, which will bolster its team in support of its education, training, and communication initiatives with parents, including effectively advocating for children through Parent Leadership Academy training and building family connection points through new and expanded programming
  • Rise Up Nevada, which will use its grant to expand its Project 3E (Engaged, Equipped, & Empowered) to provide data-driven support and education to families, as well as promote a culture of continuous improvement through engagement and advocacy.

“The Nevada Parent Leadership Team (PLT) believes that parents are the first link in the chain of their children’s success. Our team works hard so that immigrant, emerging bilingual and low-income families benefit and learn that education is the best equalizer. The Nevada Parent Leadership Team wants to build an organization focused on informing, empowering, organizing, and advocating for families seeking better educational opportunities for their children,” said Selene Lozado, Founder and Executive Director of the PLT. “We are grateful to be part of a diverse cohort of grantees who are focused on building the power of families in our community. With this generous grant, the PLT now has the resources it needs to help low-income families (regardless of race or language) provide the tools so these families can change their children’s future through education.”

Please note, funding cannot be used for lobbying activities, and funding is not an Opportunity 180 endorsement of specific issue areas on which the project or organizations are focused.

Nevada Ed-Watch: 7/29/22

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, July 29, 2022
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting
Access the meeting agenda and playback.

What happened at this meeting? 

Public Comment #1 

Public comment was heard on:

  • Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction updates
  • Retaliation against a student at a charter school facility

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report

Highlights from the report include:

  • Initiatives Related to Serving All Students Equitably: Earlier in July, staff held a second working session for schools required to submit recruitment and enrollment plans. A third session is scheduled in August, and these plans must be submitted by schools no later than September 30.
  • Language Access Plan: A draft has been submitted and posted online. Highlights include the general policy, appointing a language access coordinator, and training and implementation services. The public comment form can be accessed here.
  • Legislative Session & Interim Committees: The Authority is submitting its second report regarding site evaluations ahead of its due date this weekend.
  • Elko Institute of Academic Achievement’s (EIAA) New Facility: EIAA is deferring its application for its new facility for the 2023-2024 school year due to construction costs. Explore the memo here.
  • Doral Academy of Northern Nevada’s New Campus: The SPCSA approved Doral Academy’s second campus, which included specific conditions which needed to be met by September 30. The Doral Academy Board met and declined to adopt those policies.
  • Initial Action Steps in Response to 2021-22 Sponsor Survey Results: Updates will be made to communications on key topics and the Authority will also be improving its regular Wednesday email. It will also publish upcoming grant timelines, will continue building out a library of resources in Canvas, and will continue to improve communications regarding annual reporting requirements, among other changes to take place. View the briefing memo here.
  • New School Application Process: Staff is currently in the process of evaluating four applications, and recently completed interviews; staff will be bringing recommendations to the August 29 Board meeting. Explore the update document here.
  • 2022-23 School Year Site Evaluations: Slight changes will be made to the site evaluation manual and will be brought to the Board at the August meeting. Explore the list here.

Board Received an Update on New Charter Schools for the 2022-2023 School Year

  • Battle Born Academy: Recruitment has seen dramatic progress in the last several weeks, with 143 students enrolled as of the Board meeting. More than 200 families attended the school’s open house this week, and the facility is ready to open August 8. Explore the update for Battle Born Academy.
  • PilotED – Cactus Park Elementary: The school’s permanent facility received its permit, with an anticipated Temporary Certificate of Occupancy of October 13, 2022; the temporary facility is ready to open August 8. There are about 240 active applications for 200 available seats. Its open house is next week. Explore the update for Cactus Park Elementary.
  • Sage Collegiate: As shared in the update, there is a small issue with the facilities, and the start date for the school is August 15, aligning with several other regional charter schools. 244 students are enrolled, and the wait list continues to grow. The school continues to host and take part in community events, and family orientation events are taking place at Discovery Children’s Museum and at the West Charleston Library. Explore the update for Sage Collegiate.
  • Strong Start Academy: The SPCSA walk-through was conducted earlier this week. Kindergarten is currently full, with some space in Grades 1 and 2 available. Community outreach is ongoing. The facility is undergoing its final inspections to open on August 8.
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy: The school is 90% enrolled, with about 100 scholars. A wait list has been established for ninth grade students. A meet-the-team event for families has been scheduled. Construction delays have occurred at the school facility, and the school is requesting a good cause exemption to start the school year at a temporary facility, located at the Boys and Girls Club on Cottage Grove Ave. Explore the update for Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Charter School Contract Amendment Applications

Nevada Virtual Academy was approved to relocate to a new facility, located at 8645 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123, with a tentative approval of the Special Use Permit and Certificate of Occupancy slated for September 20, 2022.

Explore the good cause exemption letter and the recommendation memo.

Young Women’s Leadership Academy was approved to relocate to a temporary facility to start the 2022-2023 school year, located at the Boys and Girls Club located at 920 Cottage Grove Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119.

Explore the amendment application and the recommendation memo.

Board Received an Update on Nevada Connections Academy

Nevada Connections Academy presented unofficial results from its performance framework targets relating to ACT scores (6.5 for reading, 2 for math, and 2.5 for science), graduation rates (86.1% for four-year rates, and 81% for five-year rates), college and career readiness, student engagement, English language proficiency, and star rating. It also reviewed the school’s 2022-2023 school year goals, including assignment choice, student goals, essential standards, grading feedback, and events and community engagement opportunities.

Explore the presentation.

Board Approved the Updates to the SPCSA’s Local Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

The Board approved changes to the SPCSA’s Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction, as required by the American Rescue Plan. Changes include additional information and context on guardrails and oversight, additional information relating to COVID-19 testing support, approach to COVID-19 given the State of Emergency has ended, additional information relating to masks and mitigation measures, updated information on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and training to be provided during the 2022-2023 school year.

Explore the plan.

Board Received an Update on the Charter School Renewal Process

Staff reviewed key renewal dates and timeline, as well as the general approach to recommendations for renewal. Staff outlined the information and data used to make these recommendations, including academic and organizational performance, financial performance, site evaluation findings, and other information provided in the renewal application.

Explore the presentation.

Long-Range Calendar (next 3 months):

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

  • Charter school applications
  • Academic Performance Framework
  • Growth management plan
  • School board demographics
  • 2023 SPCSA board meeting calendar

Explore the long-range calendar.

Public Comment #2

  • Retaliation against a student at a charter school facility

The next Meeting of the SPCSA Board is scheduled for Monday, August 29, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 05/19/2022

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, May 19, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding:

  • Graduation dress code and cultural, heritage, and identity-based graduation attire
  • Teachers Health Trust communication and issue mitigation
  • Operational efficiency of elementary schools
  • Teacher retention efforts
  • Health checks
  • Gender identity and CCSD protocols
  • Designated safe spaces in schools
  • Potentially inappropriate reading assignments and material
  • Site-based decision-making

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (4-2)

Trustees approved the Consent Agenda, removing item 3.02 – Grant Application and Notice of Subaward: COVID-19 Public Health Preparedness Program for a separate discussion and vote.

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Members of the public provided comments on the implementation of the COVID-19 Public Health Preparedness Program, unified personnel employment, implementation of the Title VI Indian Education Program, Nevada State College Academic Support, student expulsions, and the 2022A Building Bond Resolution.

Staff provided additional clarification on Item 3.02 – Grant Application and Notice of Subaward: COVID-19 Public Health Preparedness Program; this grant is allocated for COVID-19 contact tracing, testing, and other mitigation strategies for in-person learning. The project period is anticipated to be May 20, 2022 – June 30, 2023, for an anticipated cost of $2.7 million. The cost of the program is covered by federal grant funding, not from the General Fund or ESSER funding. This item passed on a separate vote, 5-1.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend Clark County School District Regulation 5131, Dress and Appearance (6-0)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 5131 related to student dress code. Proposed changes include adding non-discrimination language in alignment with The CROWN Act, changes to the Standard Student Attire policy, and the inclusion of non-gender specific language regarding Standard Student Attire clothing options.

This item will be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, June 9, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend Regulation 4280, Dress and Grooming: All Employees (5-1)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 4280 relating to employee dress and grooming standards. Proposed changes include adding non-discrimination language in alignment with The CROWN Act and the inclusion of non-gender specific language regarding employee attire and grooming standards.

This item will be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, June 9, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend Regulation 5114.1, Discipline: Suspension Procedures (6-0)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 5114.1 relating to student suspensions. The proposed changes include updating the definition of significant suspensions (required by AB 67 of the 2021 Nevada Legislature), requiring a consultation process before suspending students who are experiencing homelessness or residing in foster care, and adding in language regarding the suspension appeal process and the hearing process.

After public comment and Trustee discussion, the motion passed with an additional change to include the teacher or staff member who removed the student from the classroom in a required conference with the student, parent/guardian, and principal, assistant principal, or student success coordinator.  This conference is required to take place within three school days of suspension.

This item will be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, June 9, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • District curriculum
  • District performance
  • Medical care concerns and communications
  • Student and staff safety
  • Adding foster care students as a student demographic in data presentations
  • Law enforcement support

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for June 9, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 05/12/2022

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, May 12, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • Graduation dress code and cultural, heritage, and identity-based graduation attire
  • Tardy policies
  • Change of School Assignment policies
  • Special interest group presence at school board meetings
  • Teacher and support staff requests from administration
  • Water bottle refilling stations
  • Mental health services in schools
  • Appropriateness of reading material
  • AB 469 compliance and coordination
  • Student voice at school board meetings
  • Respect and trust between support staff and administration

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (6-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Members of the public provided comments on the agreement with United Citizens Foundation, warrants, unified personnel employment, licensed personnel employment, purchase orders, various facilities items, expulsions, an agreement between CCSD and 100 Academy of Excellence, purchasing awards, and the employment agreement of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Trustees Received an Update on Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan on Chronic Absenteeism

Trustees received a presentation and discussed chronic absenteeism as part of CCSD’s Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan. Chronic absenteeism is defined as the total percentage of students who are absent for 10% or more of their enrolled days. The chronic absenteeism rate is continuing to increase, and the district is currently off-target for overall results and status. Other peer districts are seeing similar trends.

Challenges include distance education and distance reporting; successes include partners willing to support chronic absenteeism reduction initiatives and targeted support during school closures. Next steps include continuing student focus group feedback sessions, reviewing the Truancy Prevention Outreach Program in June 2022, and continuing to provide professional learning for clerks and registrars to better understand the attendance coding process.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Received an Update on Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan on Student Safety

Trustees received a presentation and discussed student safety as it relates to the Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan. Student safety is measured by positive responses on four Districtwide Survey items. The board previously approved implementing the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to promote academic achievement, social-emotional growth, and behavioral development.

The survey shows an increase in perceived safety during distance learning in the 2020-2021 school year. For the 2021-2022 school year, the district is falling short on elementary, middle, and high school targets. Challenges include the return to face-to-face learning; successes include an increase in survey participation and results consistent with pre-COVID-19 results across all grade bands. Next steps include analyzing survey results and revising the school performance plan based on the Districtwide Survey results, emphasizing the student code of conduct, districtwide MTSS professional learning this summer, and new resources and student communication materials.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Received and Discussed the Five Year Charter School Site Evaluation Report and Presentation

Trustees received the Five Year Charter School Site Evaluation Report, as required by NRS 388A.223, which requires a sponsor of a charter school to conduct site evaluations of each campus that it sponsors during the first, third, and fifth years after entering or renewing their charter contract. CCSD-sponsored charter schools are now in their fifth year of a six-year performance contract.

Staff reviewed performance of each of the district-sponsored charter schools using metrics in academic, financial, and organizational performance, and rated each metric as “meets standards,” “does not meet standards,” or “falls below standards.” Schools found to have deficiencies were issued notices depending on the severity of the deficiency. Each school’s performance was summarized in the report and accompanying presentation, available below.

Explore the report and the presentation.

Trustees Opened Sealed Bids, Called for Oral Bids, and Adopted a Resolution of Acceptance of Bid for Property Site #064.02 – Rancho Destino Rd. & East Frias Ave. (6-0)

The District received one sealed bid for the sale of the property located at Rancho Destino Rd. and East Frias Ave. There were no oral bids submitted.

Trustees accepted the $530,000 written bid, made by St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission – Las Vegas Real Estate Trust.

Explore the resolution.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees Regarding Article 16-9 (6-0)

Trustees approved a new Memorandum of Agreement drafted by CCASAPE and CCSD to modify the contract language in Article 16-9, Executive Manager, Superintendent’s Office, to the current effective day of July 1, 2019 to December 1, 2021.

Explore the fiscal impact summary and the Memorandum of Agreement.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees Regarding 11-Month School Principals (6-0)

Trustees approved a new Memorandum of Agreement drafted by CCASAPE and CCSD to modify contract language to change all current 11-month contracts for school principals to 12-month contracts, with an effective date of July 1, 2022. The fiscal impact of this Memorandum of Agreement is approximately $4.1 million.

Explore the fiscal impact summary and the Memorandum of Agreement.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Equity in administration and leadership roles within the district

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for May 16, 2022 @ 5:30pm. This will be a special board meeting regarding adoption of the final budget. The next regular Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for May 19, 2022 @ 5:00pm. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 4/21/22

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, April 21, 2022

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?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • Teacher and support staff recruitment, retention, and pay
  • The impact of AB 469 on teachers, support staff, and current employment agreements
  • AB 469 definitions

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • The Washoe County School Board is in the final process of selecting its next Superintendent of Public Schools, and the new superintendent will be announced next week.
  • Student safety concerns and the importance of providing resources for students who are experiencing stress, trauma, and mental health issues were also highlighted.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Safety, Mental, and Behavioral Needs of Nevada Students and Educators Roundtables were held. Discussions included protections for employees and students, misconceptions regarding restorative justice, and student discipline measures related to safety issues.
  • Twenty-five teams competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Thomas & Mack Center, in a statewide competition. Some students are participating in the national competition in Texas.
  • SPCSA appointment applications are due in by May 13 and can be found here.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Board Heard an Update on Ratios of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel

The Board heard an update on ratios of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) and the implementation of requirements in Senate Bill (SB) 89 (2019), SB 151 (2021), and SB 352 (2021). The presentation explained the update to the ratios (SB 89 and 151) and some of the strategies and policies to help increase the number of support personnel in schools.

Clark County and Washoe County are required to create reports on these ratios, and baseline ratios were reported from the 2019 and 2020 school years. There is still work to be done to reach these ratios within these school districts across the board, with a decline in social workers and an uptick in school noted by staff.

Efforts to improve SISP ratios include differing revenue streams to support hiring and developing these positions. Staff are also looking at more diversified revenue streams to fund these positions.

Explore the presentation, which includes baseline numbers, ratios, and reporting.

Board Approved Teach Nevada Scholarship Awards

The Board received a presentation on current available funds for Teach Nevada scholarship awards and requests. Available funds for 2023 allocations are $2.4 million. They are proposing two award phases in the fiscal year to allow for better planning and scholarship distribution. 2022 carryover funds, as well as rebalanced funds, will be requested in the fall. Two options were presented for awards during this meeting, and board approved the second option.

Explore the presentation.

Board Heard an Update on Educator Recruitment Needs and Efforts

The Board received presentations from Data Insight Partners and EdLiFE on educator retention and attrition, national education workforce trends, and statewide efforts on educator recruitment and retention.

Data Insight Partners presented on educator retention and attrition and workforce trends. It is estimated that 3,000 more teachers are needed in Nevada, based on recommended class sizes. Comparing Nevada’s student-teacher ratios with national averages, this is a conservative estimate, as approximately 9 in 10 students are in a larger-than-recommended class size.

In the last two years, staff separations have accelerated later in the school year (April – July). Teachers this year are leaving at a faster pace earlier in the school year, with 1,156 teacher/licensed staff separations between August and March of this school year (comparatively, in 2020-21, there were 824 separations, and in 2019-20, there were 781 separations). Teacher recruitment nationwide is expected to be competitive.

The work ahead identified is understanding trends, pipeline, and obstacles moving forward; building the data infrastructure; monitoring access to experienced teachers; and improving the ability to predict future demand.

EdLiFE staff presented on efforts underway to expand and increase the diversity of Nevada’s education workforce, recruitment, and retention efforts.

Explore the Data Insight Partners presentation and the EdLiFE presentation.

Board Received an Update on Implementation of AB 469, and Approved Items for Regulation Workshops

The Board received a presentation on national non-compliance policies and practices related to state takeovers, possible non-compliance regulatory language, and revisions of other language as mandated by AB 469, as brought forth from the AB 469 Subcommittee.

Four possible NAC 388G draft regulation changes were discussed:

  1. Possible regulatory language changes regarding the non-compliance policy for large school districts, including the appointment of a compliance monitor. Additional language changes include the monitor having the requisite skills that align to the deficiencies of the district, conditions of the receivership, and the resources and compensation of the monitor.
  2. Possible regulatory language changes on dispute resolution processes
  3. Proposed changes to language that specifically outline the school district’s responsibility to mandatory training on provisions of NRS 388G.500-388G.810.
  4. Additional clarity on defining staff that is evaluated by the principal or principal’s staff as included in Subsection 2 of NRS 388G.610.

After discussion, the proposed language on non-compliance policy/consequences (with changes), dispute resolution revision, training language, and the definition of “other staff under the direct supervision of the principal” were approved to move forward.

The next steps will be to have these proposed regulations go to regulation workshops, and then be presented back to the Board for a formal hearing. Upon approval, these changes would be sent to the Legislative Commission for final review and adoption.

Explore the proposed language and presentation.

Future Agenda Items

Suggestions for future agenda items regarding mental health and student safety were discussed.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subjects:

  • Support staff development and certificate programs
  • Student and staff safety
  • Bus driver professional pathways


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 03/17/2022

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 17, 2022

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?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • Dispute resolution language in NRS 388G
  • Implementation of AB 469
  • Regulatory language and other provisions in AB 469

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • There is an opening on the State Public Charter School Authority Board. This is a three-year appointment that begins July 1, 2022 and concludes June 30, 2025. The application can be found here. Applications close on May 13, 2022.
  • Nevada Reading Week was held February 28 – March 4, 2022, with the goal to inspire a love of reading statewide. Twelve diverse authors also took part in a reading event, reaching about 24,000 students statewide.
  • The Board participated in Silver State Governance Training to ensure that the Board’s goals are aligned with the vision for the state. Additional discussion on this topic will be provided later in the meeting.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited Clark County, discussing school and student needs, resource allocation on a federal level, and other topics.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Board Heard an Update Regarding Revisions to Proposed Definitions and Regulatory Language from the AB 469 Subcommittee

The Board reviewed possible revisions to NAC 388G, from discussions heard during the February 23, 2022 AB 469 subcommittee meeting. Proposed changes include defining terms within the proposed regulations in Section 1, and reviewing placement and hiring aspects for local precincts in Sections 2 and 3.

Board members discussed substitute teacher hiring and reporting requirements. The Board approved the proposed language as drafted and will be moving forward with the workshop and hearing process.

Explore the updates here.  

Board Heard an Update on State Board of Education Interim Goals in Accordance with Silver State Governance Training

The Board received a presentation on interim goals to align with the State Board of Education’s two long-term goals, which include measures for annual progress that follow the framework of Silver State Governance.

The first State Board of Education goal is to move up in State rankings from 18th in September 2020 to Top 10 by July 2026, as measured by academic portions of Quality Counts K-12 Student Achievement Index. The interim goals for success include closing pre-K-8 opportunity gaps, reducing graduation rate opportunity gaps, increasing participation in college-level and career and technical education (CTE) coursework, and enhancing support for English Learners (ELs).

The second goal is to increase the overall number of students receiving the College and Career Ready (CCR) diploma from 23.9% in July 2021 to 50% by July 2026 and eliminate gaps of student groups while raising the overall average. Interim goals to achieve this will be increasing access to STEM learning, increasing participation in college-level and CTE coursework, expanding access to CTE for all students (including free and asynchronous learning opportunities), and increasing college enrollment.  

Explore the working copy of the goals and benchmarks here.

Explore the possible guardrails here.

Future Agenda Items

Future agenda items may include moving the Board meeting time and increasing accessibility to Board meetings, receiving an informational briefing and discussion on CCR diplomas, and receiving an informational briefing on the Community College Workforce Development Board.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subjects:

  • Access to the ACT in languages other than English
  • Reorganization of large school districts
  • State rankings for academic achievement reporting
  • Community engagement
  • AB 469 transparency and proposed regulations
  • Violent incidents involving students and employees


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Nevada Ed-Watch 03/10/2022

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 10, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • Student and teacher safety
  • Class size
  • School zone changes
  • Accommodations for ELL students for the ACT test
  • Teacher retention
  • Absence policies

Explore written public comment.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (4-3)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

  • A grant application from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Program – Nevada Department of Family and Child Services
  • Employment of Licensed Personnel; employment of Unified Personnel; and an employment agreement for Assistant General Counsel and Chief Negotiator. 

Members of the public provided comments on minutes from previous meetings, student expulsions, the grant application from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Program, and approval for compensation rates of general counsel.

Trustees Received a Presentation on Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan – Student Discipline

District staff provided an update on the Focus: 2024 plan on student discipline, as it relates to safety and engagement. 

Staff compared student suspensions over the last five years:

Staff also provided a comparison between first semester suspensions among different student demographics:

Staff also provided similar data sets for discretionary expulsions for the 2021-2022 first semester:

Staff noted that while progress has been made on several metrics, there is still work remaining. 

Challenges identified by the District include distance education, disproportionality in the data, and major disciplinary infractions. Successes identified by the District include launching restorative practices in April 2022, external stakeholder collaboration, and data tracking, as well as a dashboard that was launched in the fall. 

Next steps include continuing student town hall meetings and exploring root cause analysis, reengagement with external partners beginning in April, restorative grant applications and implementation of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports beginning in April, revising the CCSD Pre-K-12 Student Code of Conduct, and providing guidance to schools regarding challenging student behavior.

Trustees discussed additional data points regarding student discipline, mental health and other resources, training and development for staff members, parental engagement, and community partnerships. 

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Received a Presentation on Safe Learning and Working Environments

Staff gave an overview of current policies that align with safety and violence in schools, including student discipline and cooperation with law enforcement agencies and student conduct (links to each of the policies and regulations can be found in the presentation). 

Staff also gave an overview of CCSD Police Services’ approach, which includes partnerships, officer training, data collection, referral systems to service providers, alternatives to arrest (including mentorships, truancy prevention, and other outreach programs), and crisis training, among other services provided. An overview of the K-9 program was also provided. This program includes firearm detection canines, random search programs, school presentations and demonstrations, and deployments to school incidents.

Staff provided an update on use-of-force, including the implementation of deescalation training, adding 18 staff members to CCSD Police Services, and introducing a crisis intervention certification. A social worker has also been brought on staff with CCSD Police Services. The Prevention Before Apprehension home outreach program was also discussed as a resource and as a means of building law enforcement and community relations. Other programs, such as SafeVoice, the School Violence Initiative, and Zero Teen Fatalities, were also reviewed.

Staff also provided a log of calls for service:

Per Trustees’ request, Staff also detailed violent acts from 2017-2022:

Staff then reviewed current practices and solutions, including an overview of the Clark County School-Justice Partnership (SJP) program. Members of the program include legislators, faith-based organizations, bargaining units, CCSD, Workforce Connections, City of Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, CCSD Board of Trustees, non-profit organizations, and the Department of Juvenile Justice Services. The SJP started in 2018, and now has several subcommittees: asset mapping and resources; data; restorative practices; communications and training; code of conduct; and legislative.

Staff also presented juvenile referral data by race/ethnicity and by age, noting the disparity in Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino students:

Staff also provided an overview of the School Safety Advisory Committee’s findings, including mandatory reporting of every CCSD firearm incident; strengthening community awareness of SafeVoice; providing crisis response training for students and staff; increasing overall campus security; and implementing optional socio-emotional learning curriculum for students.

The staff concluded with an overview of future work, including building awareness of community-policing efforts; ongoing data monitoring of critical components of the SJP; expanding regional services to support educational outcomes; clarifying outcomes and metrics of SJP; and revamping membership and scope of the SJP and Safety Advisory Committee.

Community engagement meetings, as well as meetings with principals and students, will be scheduled to discuss school violence and safety. Board officers are scheduled to meet to discuss a plan, currently slated to come to the Trustees at the March 24 meeting. 

Explore the presentation.

Learn more about this agenda item from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Whistleblower policies for CCSD employees
  • Improvements to Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Special education student needs at board meetings
  • Dads in Schools program

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for March 24, 2022 @ 5pm. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch 03/04/2022

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 4, 2022
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting
Access the meeting agenda and playback.

What happened at this meeting? 

Public comment 

No public comment was provided.

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report

Highlights from the report include:

  • COVID-19 updates: Some schools are still requiring masks, while others have lifted the mask mandate. SPCSA is working on a plan, but at this time, schools are determining their masking requirements.
  • Emergency funds: 38 charter schools have requested emergency funds.
  • Next cycle: There are 14 letters of intent from September that are carrying into the next cycle. Nine letters of intent were received in January. There were 23 total letters of intent in the April cycle.

Explore the letters of intent.

Board Heard an Update on Focus on Schools: Nevada Prep Charter School Transportation

NV Prep discussed school transportation. More than 50 percent of the school’s students ride the bus, and they currently have two (with an additional two buses planned). Currently, charter schools receive no transportation funding from CCSD. The school posed requests and recommendations for assistance with more systemic solutions regarding student transportation equity.

Explore the presentation.

Board Heard an Update on Nevada Connections Academy

The school will be entering its renewal cycle by this summer, with the decision to renew by the SPCSA by the end of 2022.

Current enrollment for the school is 1,316 students, with continuing growth. The school’s performance framework target is a three-star rating and 56 total points across all indicators. The school recently held four ACT boot camps for students. Various student engagement initiatives also continue.

Explore the presentation.

Board Heard an Update on Approved New Charter Schools for Fall 2022 – Coral Academy of Science

Prior to the lottery, 1,793 applications with the Cadence Campus had been submitted for 1,850 open seats. 607 new applications have been received since the February 15 Authority meeting. Final enrollment counts will take place in October.

Community outreach for the 2021-2022 school year included door-to-door routes, flyers, phone calls, media coverage, and bilingual support for various outreach initiatives.

Explore the presentation.

 Board Heard an Update on Approved New Charter Schools for Fall 2022

  • Battle Born Academy: The school began hiring in December and had 60 applicants for 11-12 positions. Enrollment is currently 55 applications, with another 200 interested. There is a delay in a permanent facility, but the school is exploring additional partnerships, including one with Discovery Children’s Museum. No delay is expected regarding school opening.
  • Sage Collegiate: The school met its lottery for third grade, and has a wait list in three grade levels (kindergarten, first, and third). From the most recent parent/guardian survey, transportation remains a barrier for some students. The school’s facility partner is expected to close on the property located at 4100 W. Charleston Blvd., with renovations commencing soon thereafter. The school is on track to meet its July 18 TOC deadline with the authorizer.

Explore Sage Collegiate’s update.

  • Cactus Park: The school has a groundbreaking event in two months and is in the process of hiring. The school is also exploring potential partnerships for funding and enrollment, board governance training, and talent strategy.
  • Strong Start: The school has confirmed its principal/executive director and has received a $1 million grant from the City of Las Vegas. The school has started its application window and lottery approval with the SPCSA, and is working on finalizing a permanent site.
  • YWLA: The school is currently 41 percent at lottery with 60+ scholars. The lease has been finalized for the facility and are currently building a hiring pipeline.

Board Heard an Update on Charter School Recruitment and Enrollment Plans

In 2019, the SPCSA adopted a five-year strategic plan that centers on a vision of equitable access to high-quality public charter schools for Nevada students. Three goals were established regarding that plan: 1) provide families with access to high quality schools; 2) ensure that every SPCSA student succeeds, including those from historically underserved student groups; and 3) increase the diversity of students served by SPCSA schools. While the SPCSA has seen progress towards these goals, it continues to serve a disproportionately low percentage of students in three student groups – students qualifying for free and reduced-price lunch (FRL), students identified as English Language Learners (ELL), and students with disabilities (IEP).

SPCSA recommends requiring certain schools to develop and submit a recruitment and enrollment plan to supplement additional strategies it has implemented to address these discrepancies. It has proposed focusing on one group at a time, beginning with FRL students, as this has the greatest discrepancy. Proposed strategies include comparing each school’s FRL rate to each school in the district; identifying the schools with the most significant FRL rates; identifying the 25 percent of schools that have the most significant gaps in FRL rates compared to the local district; and removing any school that had at least a 25% increase in the FRL rate from the 2021-21 to 2021-22 school years. SPCSA anticipates that 10-15 schools would be identified to submit and develop a recruitment and enrollment plan.

Explore the briefing.

Board Heard an Update on Emergency Grant Funding

In June, NDE provided the SPCSA and other local educational agencies with allocations for approximately two-thirds of the anticipated ARP ESSER funding. The SPCSA allocated this funding to each charter holder based on a straight per-pupil allocation, plus a supplemental allocation for each charter holder with greater than 40% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch reflected in the October 2020 data.

SPCSA staff is considering allocation methodologies for the remaining one-third of the funds. Proposed approaches include carrying over the existing methodology from the first two-thirds of the ARP ESSER funding or exploring a set aside for some of the remaining funds to schools most impacted by a reduction in per pupil funding in the Pupil Centered Funding Plan transition.

Through Assembly Bill 495, the Legislature allocated an additional $15 million from the ARP Act Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSFRF) to Title I charter schools. SPCSA staff have been in frequent communication with the Governor’s Finance Office regarding the timeline and process for allocating these funds.

Explore the briefing.

Board Heard a Presentation and Update on the SPCSA Growth Management Plan

SPCSA is required to provide an update for the Growth Management Plan every two years.

The 2022 Growth Management Plan will include gathering input with community working groups on March 30, 2022; meeting with school districts and NDE; and discussion with the Board in March, with possible action at the May Board meeting.

Staff members identified opportunities for revision, including updating enrollment and academic data; conducting a new survey for existing charter holders regarding possible future growth; summarizing key actions by the Authority in the last two years to further strategic goals; reevaluating existing policies and procedures; and considering opportunities for direct engagement with stakeholders to better identify community needs.

SPCSA Board comments were made regarding the importance of outreach and working groups to the plan revisions.

Explore the Growth Management Plan presentation.

Long-Range Calendar (next 3 months):

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

  • The Growth Management Plan
  • Overview of the renewal process
  • Amendment applications

Click here to see the long-range calendar.

The next Meeting of the SPCSA Board is scheduled for April 15, 2022 @ 9:00 am. 

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