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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Nevada Ed-Watch 02/24/2022

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Clark County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The CCSD Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees
Click here to find your Trustee District

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Thursdays) at 5 pm both virtually and at the Edward A. Greer Education Center Board Room (2832 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89121).

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings and agendas
Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar

Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person, via email, or via voice recording. Email comments should be submitted to Boardmtgcomments@nv.ccsd.net. To submit a voice recording on items listed on the meeting agenda, call 702-799-1166. Voice recorded public comment is limited to 1 minute 30 seconds.


Thursday, February 24, 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: 

  • School safety and recent incidents of school violence
  • Teacher retention
  • Swim-related transportation issues
  • American Rescue Plan Act allocations 
  • Playground and recess guidelines
  • COVID-related restrictions relating to parents visiting classrooms

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (7-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Members of the public provided comments on minutes from previous meetings, MAP assessments, an interlocal contract regarding Medicaid School Health Services, agreements with the YMCA of Southern Nevada and the City of Las Vegas, a consultant contract for training development services, licensed personnel employment, licensed personnel dismissal recommendations, and purchasing orders.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Adopt, Repeal, or Amend Clark County School District Policy 1101 on School Mascots and Other School Identifiers (6-1)

Staff provided an overview of proposed changes to Policy 1101 that would specify any school mascots, team names, logos, school colors, songs, or school identifiers not be racially discriminatory or contain racially discriminatory language or imagery. Such school identifiers must be respectful of diverse cultural values and reflect a positive school image. School identifiers would also be required to be unique and not duplicate professional, corporate, international, national, or local team mascots. This item will be submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval on March 24, 2022.

Explore the proposed changes to the policy.

Trustees Approved the 2022 Goals for the Superintendent (6-1)

Trustees approved three goals for the Superintendent in alignment with the Focus: 2024 strategic plan and a February 2, 2022 work session with District staff and Trustees. These goals include increasing the proficiency of students in all racial/ethnic student groups by seven percentage points in reading by Grade 3 and by five percentage points in mathematics in Grades 6-8; decreasing the overrepresentation of the Black/African American student group in student suspensions and discretionary expulsions by five percentage points from 2021 to 2022; and hiring 1,655 classroom teachers (a 25 percent increase from the most recent three-year average) before November 1, 2022.  

Trustees discussed teacher recruitment, teacher retention efforts, vacancy rates, and alignment between the February 2 planning session, strategic plan, and these goals.

Explore the goals presentation.

Trustees Approved Memoranda of Agreement between the Clark County School District and the Education Support Employees Association, the Clark County Education Association, and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees Regarding Summer Acceleration 2022 (6-1-0)

A public hearing was held for new memoranda of understanding that provides for labor expenditures for the upcoming Summer Acceleration program (May 31 – June 17, 2022), with employees being paid either under their current contracts (with administrators receiving a $400 per day stipend), or additional straight or overtime pay. The fiscal cost of all memoranda is $66,024,000.

There was one abstention for this vote.

Explore the summary of fiscal impacts.

Explore the Memoranda of Agreement

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Inequity among school sports 
  • School safety and recent incidents of school violence
  • Elementary school-level behavioral concerns
  • Teacher and substitute teacher staffing shortages 
  • Special education concerns

Learn more about agenda items from this meeting in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for February 28, 2022 @ 5pm, as a joint meeting with the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch 11/18/2021

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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, November 18, 2021

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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Click here to view the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public provided comments on non-agenda items regarding: 

  • Requests for Spanish interpreters at the trustee meetings.
  • Lack of consistency and clarity amongst CCSD staff, students, and families of students related to CCSD’s COVID-19 protocols and procedures.
  • The need for more transparency around COVID-19 cases reported on campus.
  • The importance of culturally responsive teaching and cultural competence.
  • Whether the District is adhering to regulations regarding student privacy and due process.
  • Concerns that the District is not meeting its goals of supporting and retaining educators, ensuring safe learning environments, and providing competitive pay.
  • Teachers not being paid in a timely manner.
  • The impact of limitations such as the lack of Spanish-language resources and interpreters in schools on students and families and the ability of Spanish-speaking families to be involved in their children’s education.
  • Support for AB-195.
  • Concerns about the school to prison pipeline for Black and brown students and how keeping police in schools reinforces the pipeline.
  • Requests by students to trustees to support the anti-racism policy, replace police officers on campus with counselors, listen to students, not rehire Dr. Jara, and wear masks-especially during work hours.
  • The arguing and bickering between trustees during board meetings.
  • Inconsistencies in the grading policy that allow students to pass while failing multiple tests during the second quarter and the final exam.

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on non-agenda action items.  

Trustees Approved Consent Agenda

Trustees approved the consent agenda noting that item 3.30 has been deleted and item 3.28 pulled for a separate discussion.

Consent agenda highlights:

  • Approval to implement the U.S. DOE, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) Fund to continue to contract with emocha Mobile Health, Inc., to provide COVID-19 employee symptom monitoring, testing, and mitigation measures.
  • Authorization to implement the U.S. DOE, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) Fund to provide equity-inclusive professional learning for CCSD women administrators to engage in a policy leadership network aligned to the District’s Five-Year Strategic Plan, Focus: 2024, facilitated by Voice4Equity LLC.
  • Authorization to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education on behalf of the School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to provide health services to the students, siblings, and families of CCSD, at no cost to the students or CCSD.
  • Approval of the Memorandum of Understanding between the CCSD and the Anti-Defamation League of Nevada to design, offer, and manage a comprehensive anti-bias professional learning for students and educators.
  • Authorization to implement the School-Based Mental Health Professionals Project grant to provide increased access to social and mental health services for students through the federally-awarded Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) Fund and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER II Fund), in an amount of $4,123,770.80.
  • Approval of the amendment of CCSD Policy 5137, Safe and Respectful Learning Environment Bullying and Cyberbullying.
  • Approval of the adoption of CCSD Policy 5139, Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion.

Members of the public provided comments on this agenda item regarding:

  • Concerns about the cost of emocha and suggestions on an in-district alternative that can also be more effective.
  • Lack of clarity around the purpose of emocha and concerns for the requirements put on educators.
  • Concerns about the anti-bias policy.
  • Concerns about negative posts shared by teachers on Twitter and what that may say about how teachers speak around students at schools.
  • Requests from students for access to social workers, counselors, and mental health services, especially in consideration of students with limited or no insurance.
  • Concerns from students about CCSD’s 2,000 to 1 ratio of students to counselors compared to the national and state recommendation of 500 to 1.
  • The need for language in Policy 5139 that ensures students and families are not discriminated against based on language and immigration status so that students can feel safe, protected, and able to learn in school.
  • A push for resources to be available in Spanish in accordance with AB-195. 
  • Support of the anti-bias policy (5139) and how it could positively impact all kids.
  • Request for educators to be trained in restorative practices.
  • Support of the crisis prevention MOA.
  • Support for the MOA with UNLV.
  • Concerns about the amount of ESSER funds going toward supplies/software instead of salaries.
  • Wonderings about how the District plans to effectively handle reports of racism and suggestions to provide training to prepare educators on how to handle incidents related to racism.

Trustees approved an amendment to Policy 5137, Section 2.A to add the terms “language” and “legal status” to the list of distinguishing characteristics. 

Trustees Approved the Notice of Intent to Adopt, Repeal, or Amend CCSD Policy 6120, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (7-0)

Trustees approved the proposed Policy 6120. The policy was developed by the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) District Leadership Team. The team held feedback sessions with district personnel and community organizations for suggestions on enhancing the policy before presenting this agenda item. The purpose of the MTSS is to improve outcomes for all students in CCSD through an inclusive approach to support instruction that is applied to academics, social-emotional learning, and behavioral development. MTSS uses a collaborative, data-informed approach to ensure continuous school improvement. 

Click here to view the notice of intent.

Trustees Approved the Recommendations Made from the Sex Education Advisory Committee — Recommending Committee to Appoint Members to the Sex Education Advisory Committee (7-0)

Trustees approved committee appointments by the Sex Education Advisory Committee Recommending Committee for the Sex Education Advisory Committee. NRS 389.036 mandates that a Sex Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to the School Board of Trustees for all school districts be established. The Sex Education Advisory Committee provides a forum for input on sex education instructional materials and the exchange of ideas between community stakeholders and the school district.

Members of the public provided comments on this agenda item regarding:

  • Support for sex education for students.
  • Concerns that the Advisory Committee does not have a representative from CCSD District C.
  • Disapproval of the sex education program for students.
  • Concerns that the sex education program impedes the rights of parents to choose the sex education they give to their students.
  • A proposal for workshops on sex education for parents so that they can learn how to educate their students at home.

Click here to view the recommendation.

Click here and here to view written public comments submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved Adoption of the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 School Calendars for Staff and Students (7-0)

There are two significant changes in the calendars from prior school years:

  • Spring break typically ends with the Good Friday of Easter. The calendar proposes that spring break be a consistent time period in March. This is because Easter changes year to year and it can be disruptive to the annual testing window. The change would move spring break into March and it will consistently fall in the same period.
  • Juneteenth has been added as a holiday.

Members of the public provided comments on this agenda item regarding:

  • A request for unassigned days on the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week since attendance and student engagement are lower during those days.
  • Concerns about financial stress on support staff due to two unassigned days within two consecutive paydays in March 2024 and April 2024.
  • Support for the observance of Juneteenth.
  • A request for the observance of Latino culture on either September 16 for Mexican Independence Day or May 5 for Cinco de Mayo.

Trustees and presenters discussed the decision to observe Juneteenth as it is a federal holiday and that while Mexican Independence Day and Cinco de Mayo are not federal holidays, there may be a possibility to observe these days in future calendars with consideration needed for how to ensure meeting the minimum legally required school days. Other considerations discussed included how additional unassigned days would impact the pay of support staff, students who rely on school meals, and the shortening of the first semester.

Trustees approved the calendars as written with an amendment to adjust the 2023-2024 calendars to ensure that there aren’t two unassigned days for support staff within one pay period in March 2024 and April 2024.

View drafts of the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 staff calendars.

View drafts of the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 student calendars.

Click here to view written public comment submitting online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved Amendment of the 2021-2022 School Calendar for Staff to Include the Juneteenth Holiday (7-0)

Members of the public provided comments on this agenda regarding:

  • Support of the amendment to include Juneteenth in the 2021-2022 school calendar for staff.
  • The importance of honoring Juneteenth.

Click here to view the revised 2021-2022 staff calendar.

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved the Review of American Indian/Alaska Native Policies and Procedures for Federal Impact Aid Section 7003 (6-0)

The Federal Impact Aid Section 7003 requires districts to perform an annual review of their Indian Policies and Procedures (IPPs). The IPPs ensure that Native American/Alaska Native students participate in the district’s general education program on an equal basis with other students and that their parents and tribe have input. The IPPs were reviewed and approved in September 2021 by the trustees. CCSD made adjustments to the IPPs after speaking with the tribes about how they wanted to be communicated with. CCSD consulted with local tribal officials, parents, guardians, and students to develop, update, and promote the IPPs that further the planning and development and education activities for the Indian Education Opportunities Program. IPPs are developed to provide input on academic and cultural programming and impact all areas of academic achievement of Native American students attending CCSD.

Trustees moved to approve the IPPs (6-0) with one trustee absent from the vote.

Members of the public provided comments on this agenda item regarding concerns about whether CCSD is providing adequate support to the American Indian/Alaska Native families.

Click here to view the public hearing notice.

Trustees Approved the 2021-2023 Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association (ESEA) (6-0-1)

The agreement is a two-year extension of the 2019-2021 agreement that extends most previous contract terms and modifies a number of terms including terms related to call-back pay, bereavement, sick leave reimbursement, and health insurance for a total cost of $1,106,191,000 over the next two years.

Trustees moved to approve this item (6-0) with one abstention.

Members of the public provided comments in support of the adoption of the agreement.

Click here to view the executive summary.

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association (ESEA) Regarding the Provision of Improved Services (6-0-1)

The new MOA between CCSD and the ESEA addresses the Provision of Improved Services for support staff and modifies a number of terms including terms related to position reclassification, training and pay, professional pathways, and hiring and retention policies for a total cost of $7,568,000 over the next two years.

Trustees moved to approve this item (6-0) with one abstention.

Members of the public provided comments on this agenda in support of the MOA.

Click here to view the executive summary.

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved the Selection of an Outside Expert to Conduct an Investigation into Allegations of a Hostile Work Environment (4-3)

Trustees discussed the possibility of hiring a third party to review the work environment at the Trustee and Administrative levels. Trustees discussed the intended scope of the investigation. 

The motion was made to authorize the Chief Financial Officer of CCSD to establish a process to identify an external contractor to conduct the review and to allocate $100,000 from the general fund; the CFO was directed to work with a small group of Trustees before the selected partner will be brought back to the full Board for approval. 

Trustees moved to approve this item (4-3).

Members of the public provided comments both in support and opposition to the item, including raising questions related to the scope of the investigation. 

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approve Reconsideration of Agenda Item 3.01 of the October 28, 2021, Meeting of the Board of Trustees (4-3)

Trustees deliberated the reconsideration of agenda item 3.01 of the October 28, 2021, Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees (see the agenda item here and read the Nevada EdWatch from that meeting here).

Trustees moved to approve this item (4-3).

Members of the public provided comments both in support and opposition to the item. 

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved a Motion to Not-Terminate for Convenience of the Employment Agreement with The Superintendent of Schools (4-3) 

Following an introduction of the rationale for reconsideration, Trustees discussed reinstating the contract of Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara.  Trustees who sought to bring the item forward shared concerns over alleged communications that could have constituted an Open Meeting Law.  Trustees also heard about an Open Meeting Law complaint that had been filed with the Attorney General’s Office following the May 13, 2021, Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees where Superintendent Jara’s contract was discussed. 

Superintendent Jara was not present for the meeting. 

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved Tabling Discussion on Interim Superintendent Selection (5-2)

Trustees discussed the possibility of putting forward a process to identify an interim Superintendent. The Trustees voted on a motion to table this item pending final determination of Superintendent Jara’s future employment with the District. The motion included an amendment to select an interim Superintendent based on the recommendations provided by Superintendent Jara. 

Trustees first approved a motion to call for the question. This motion passed 6-1. 

Trustees voted 5-2 to approve this item.

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Requested Future Agenda Items:

  • Trustees requested an item to consider hosting Consent Agenda Items in public

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items (#2)

Members of the public provided comments on non-agenda items regarding:

  • Instability in the District leadership at the Board level.
  • Lack of constitutional authority of the Board to engage in rulemaking.
  • The future of Superintendent Jara’s employment.
  • Thank you to Trustee Williams for her support with Health Insurance.
  • Against banning books.
  • How substitute funds are used in the event that a substitute is not available.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 9/10/2021

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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, September 9, 2021

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items: 

Members of the public submitted public comment on agenda items regarding: 

  • Concerns around staffing issues and staffing related issues. 
  • Concerns around class sizes.
  • Concerns around dress codes.
  • Concerns around lack of bonuses for teachers and support staff.
  • Concerns around the district’s vaccine,mask, COVID-19 tracing policies, and other COVID-19 mitigation measures.
  • Concern around racism and discrimination in schools. 
  • Questions about the Teachers Health Trust and concern around issues and lack of support. 

Click here to view written public comment on agendized action items submitted online. 

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Members of the public submitted public comment on this agenda item regarding:

  • Support of allocating funding to Hope Squad and the Teach Nevada Scholarship Program. 
  • Concern around new board policies and regulations and possible effects on future board processes. 
  • The stresses of being a teacher in the school district. 
  • Request for better pay, benefits, and work environment. 

The consent agenda passed 6-1. One trustee requested that several agenda items around board of trustees governance be removed, and this request was denied. 

Trustees Heard Presentation on and Approved the Focus on the Future for Kids Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Update

CARES Act ESSER I dollars totaling $133,450,352 were spent on responding to the pandemic. CARES Act ESSER II dollars totaling $353,690,111 were spent on the ongoing pandemic response and relief efforts. The American Rescue Plan Act ESSER III dollars totaling $777,849,496 will be focused on continued pandemic relief and recovery efforts, and a plan for the spending of these funds was developed through the Focus on the Future for Kids community input process. The ESSER III dollars must be spent after meaningful consultation with stakeholders and have to comply with maintenance of equity requirements as mandated by the ARP. 20% of the funds will be spent to address learning loss, and 80% will be spent to address pandemic-related needs. 

The 90-day process to allocate ARP ESSER III funds consisted of: 

  • Community input conversations from July 5 – August 18; approximately 2,200 community members were engaged via 60+ community input conversations.
  • A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) synthesized input from August 18 – August 31; the CAC is composed of three community members from each CCSD region. 
  • Budget development aligned to inputs began between late August and early September 2021.
  • The CAC identified topics and themes from the information provided through the community input conversations, released a draft spending plan, and the community was able to provide their feedback via a survey from September 1-7, 2021. Over 13,000 responses were submitted. CCSD reported a positive reception of the draft plan from the vast majority of responses collected.

The district utilized guiding principles in order to align to the Focus: 2024 plan with projected spending priorities focused on the following areas:

  • Student success: $533,167,909
  • Teachers, principals, and staff: $11,476,765
  • Balanced governance and leadership: $345,643ound fiscal management, parent and community support: $8,985,113)
  • COVID-19 mitigation: $217,874,067 

Next steps: 

  • Phase 1: Federal funds community input and report out (July 5 – September 30, 2021)
    • Board approval of plan at board meeting on September 9, 2021
    • CCSD staff submit plan to NDE on September 10, 2021 
  • Phase 2: Implementation status and plan refresh (March 2022 – May 2022)
  • Phase 3: What’s next in CCSD education? (September 2022 – November 2022) 

Members of the public submitted public comment on this agenda item regarding:

  • Appreciation of work done by community advisory committee/ 
  • Requests for all to lean in and support the district as they implement this plan. 
  • Requests for more mental health services at all grade levels across the district. 
  • Request for additional support for district’s arts program 
  • Concern with the plan for allocation of ARP dollars and suggestions for how to spend the dollars differently. 
  • Concern around equity and how the district plans to achieve equity.
  • Requests for more time to review the proposed plan and provide feedback due to concern that the feedback loop was rushed. 

Click here to view written public comment on this agenda item submitted online. 

Click here to view the presentation and a more detailed breakdown of each spending priority. 

Click here to view CCSD’s draft American Rescue Plan spending priorities.  

Click here to view a summary of CCSD’s Community Input Process and Spending Priorities for American Rescue Plan Emergency and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER III) Funds 

Click here to follow progress on the Focus on the Future for Kids initiative.

Trustees Approved a Resolution to Amend the Establishment of Special Revenue Funds

Aligned to the changes in how student needs are funded based on the Pupil Centered Funding Plan (Senate Bill 439) that passed in the 2021 legislative session, the board approved a resolution to establish special revenue funds for the English Language Learner, at-risk, and gifted and talented weights. Due to the fact that separate funds are created for each weight, the district will be able to track each weight and the spending of funds separately from the general fund and ensure that everything is being funded appropriately. 

Click here to view the reference document. 

Trustees Heard Presentation on the Human Resources School and Department Recruiting 

In alignment with the Focus: 2024 plan, the CCSD HR department is tasked with recruiting and filling every school with qualified teachers, principals, and staff. The goal is to have zero vacancies. The annual progress measure for the 2021-22 school year indicates licensed teachers in classrooms have met 95.7% to goal. The district also noted an increase in critical labor support professional vacancies, currently totalling 134. 

Over the summer, the district hired 700 new teachers, but this hiring surge was not enough to compensate for the loss of teachers. In order to better understand fluctuations in hiring and recruitment, the district started monitoring daily hiring which allowed them to make immediate changes and set reasonable hiring goals and expectations. 

The district has launched the following recruitment and diversity initiatives: 

  • School and department recruiting 
  • Recruitment and retention commission
  • Diversity and inclusion work group 

The district’s targeted recruitment plan had a goal of recruiting 2,000 teachers before the start of the 2021 school year but was unable to meet that goal, recruiting 1,665 teachers. 

Some of the new recruitment strategies and tools that the district has utilized include: 

  • Tools and training to engage passive candidates: 
    • Partnership with Handshake, an organization that works to reduce the gap in engagement between current college students and recent college grads and prospective employers 
    • A new candidate relationship management (CRM) system 
  • Strategies to increase workforce diversity: 
    • Initiating contact with 80 HBCUs to establish MOUs
    • Attending 25 virtual career fairs 
    • Direct campaigns with 26,153 messages 
    • Recruiting on diversity focused job boards (DiversityInED and HBCU Careers) 

Highlights of the Recruitment and Retention Commission: 

  • Created a new position focused on social media recruitment and marketing 
  • Developed program to begin hiring sooner in the season 
  • Launched exit and transfer surveys 
  • Developed and implemented new principal mentor program 

The Diversity and Inclusion Work Group has created several priorities, ranging from developing a vision and belief statement to standardizing the recruitment, application, and hiring process. These priorities are all still a work in progress. 

Members of the public submitted public comment on this agenda item regarding:

  • Concern about the selection of the members of the teacher recruitment task force.
  • Suggestions for recruiting and retaining new teachers. 
  • Concern around the culture of the district and practices utilized to create a safe work environment. 
  • Request for support in helping willing paraprofessionals become teachers. 

Click here to view written public comment on this agenda item submitted online. 

Click here to view the presentation. 

Trustees Submitted Requests for Future Board Items

  • Future presentations on partnerships that currently exist with the district and community organizations as well as possible partnerships that could be launched in the future
  • Student achievement data 
  • Board self-assessments 
  • More student interaction with the board at board meetings 
  • GPA caps and input of student voices in all future discussions 
  • Presentation around implementation of new grading policy and community’s response 

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public submitted public comment on non-agenda items regarding: 

  • Concerns with Dr. Jara and Dr. Larsen’s leadership this school year and request that they be held accountable.
  • Concerns around the lack of support for teachers and support professionals and request that the district provide additional assistance.
  • Concerns around culture at meetings and safety of attendees.
  • Concerns around the treatment of district bus drivers.
  • Concerns around the new grading policy.

Click here to view written public comment on non-agenda items submitted online.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 9/1/2021

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.


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Special Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment 

Members of the public provided comment regarding: 

  • Support authorizing the Superintendent to establish a policy regarding mandatory vaccines for employees in order to protect the health and wellbeing of students. 
  • Concerns that implementing a mandatory vaccine policy is an infringement on personal rights citing that federally and locally protected groups and objections would not be honored by a policy requiring employees to be vaccinated. 

Members of the public also submitted comments online: 

Public Comment A
Public Comment B
Public Comment C  

Trustees Authorized Development of Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policy for Employees (5-1)

After hearing from representatives of the Southern Nevada Health District on health data and facts on vaccines as well as from CCSD staff on the intent of the resolution, the Board of Trustees approved a resolution providing the Superintendent with the authority to develop a policy related to the mandatory vaccination of CCSD employees. 

The resolution allows for the superintendent to direct staff to develop a policy, as well as engage with each collective bargaining unit to negotiate employment contracts. Without the resolution, CCSD and employee unions would not be able to engage in discussions or come to an agreement regarding rules, incentives, and protections for employees. The approval of the resolution does not mean any immediate changes will occur regarding employee vaccination requirements, rather it enables the process to occur.   

CCSD staff anticipates a high volume of accommodation requests and assured the board that they are preparing systems to efficiently process the requests while taking into consideration each employee’s specific circumstances. 

One trustee voted no on the resolution. One trustee was not present for the vote. 

Click here to view the resolution. 

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