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.
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).
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
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.
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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.
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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.