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, April 7, 2022
What happened at this meeting?
Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items
Members of the public shared comments regarding:
- Parent concerns on school-level staff
- Student concerns regarding school safety
- Student concerns over Global Community High School policies
- Elementary school physical education programming
- District-wide student testing
Explore written public comment.
Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (7-0)
Consent Agenda Highlights:
There was no public comment on consent agenda items.
Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing and Approved an Amendment to the 2021-2023 Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association Regarding Correction to Pay Matrix Language (6-1-0)
A public hearing took place regarding an amendment to the 2021-2023 negotiated agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association. The amendment modifies language in Articles 19-4, 19-4-2, and 19-4-3 and eliminates the previous column of the pay matrix designated at A1. Employees hired on or after July 1, 2022, will be placed at B1 of the pay matrix. There are no additional costs associated with this amendment.
There was one Trustee abstention on this vote.
Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Adopt, Repeal, or Amend Clark County School District Regulation 5111: Age of Entrance and Enrollment Identity Documentation Requirements; Policy 5111: Age of Entrance and Enrollment Identity Documentation Requirements; and Regulation 5111.1: Enrollment Identity Documentation Requirements (7-0)
Staff presented these agenda items concurrently (4.02, 4.03, and 4.04). Changes to the language include removing outdated language and replacing the language so it is aligned with Nevada Revised Statutes to be in compliance with legislative action. This language relates to the change in enrollment age for kindergarten, in that a child must be five years of age on or before the first day of the school year to be admitted to kindergarten; prior regulations and policies stated that a child had to be at least age five on or before September 30 of the school year to be admitted to kindergarten. This policy also specifies required documentation to prove the age of the child in order to be enrolled in kindergarten.
This item will be submitted for approval at the Thursday, May 12, 2022, Board of Trustees meeting.
Trustees Approved the CCSD 2022-2023 Tentative Budget to be Filed with the State of Nevada (7-0)
Staff presented the tentative 2022-2023 fiscal year budget, to be submitted to the Department of Taxation by April 15. Authorization of the tentative budget and adoption of the final budget is due to be heard May 16. Uncertainties reflected in the budget include enrollment numbers, risk of recession, and partial continuation of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) initiatives after the federal funding period ends.
Student enrollment is expected to be down slightly for the fiscal year, with an expected average daily enrollment of about 300,000 students.
The Pupil-Centered Funding Plan will be fully implemented for the 2022-23 school year, with districts receiving adjusted base funding, weighted funding, and auxiliary service funding. Challenges include fixed costs in schools affecting small schools disproportionately, possible disproportional custodial costs, staffing ratios for 1 and 2-star schools compared to 3, 4, and 5-star schools, and different types of schools with varied needs.
To address these challenges, the district has stratified per-pupil funding by elementary, middle, and high school, type of school, and enrollment. Additional add-on amounts and Hold Harmless ceiling and floors were also established. Academic leadership, the Business and Finance Unit, principals, and other parties will meet to review methods to improve funding for various types of schools and further update the funding model to better meet the objectives of Focus: 2024 and the needs of students. Staff also provided detail on Weighted Funding formulas for At-Risk, English Learners, and Gifted and Talented programs.
Total per pupil revenues will be $9,573 this year, a slight increase from $9,466 last fiscal year. General operating revenues are expected to be $2,872,293,000, a change of $7,148,100 from the previous fiscal budget.
83% of the tentative budget will be spent on salaries and benefits, a decrease from previous years, due to a change in how services for EL students, at-risk students, and Gifted and Talented students are classified in special revenue funds. The remaining 17% includes textbooks/supplies, utilities, professional services, technology, etc. On staffing, about 85% of salaries and benefits are for school-level personnel. Additional details on spending can be found in the budget presentation.
In comparing the 2022-23 tentative budget with last year’s, the district is expecting about $117 million in increased expenditures, attributed primarily to contracts and employee increases and spending down funds that sit in school carryover. The ending fund balance unassigned is projected at $122 million, or 4.25% carryover, a slight increase from last fiscal year.
Trustees Discussed the Development and Revision of Policies and Regulations Relating to School District Reorganization
Staff gave an overview on policy recommendations to align district organization with state regulations in NRS 388G and NAC 388G to be in compliance with AB 469. These include recommendations regarding general provisions of these regulations; formation of local school precincts; financial determinations and considerations for local school precincts; management and operation of local school precincts; and monitoring effectiveness of local school precincts.
These policy recommendations include adding language that documents the requirements for sharing information, transferring responsibilities, and defining site-based decision making, as well as requirements regarding other procedures relating to transferring responsibilities to schools, staff selections, and staff assignments. It also recommends including language in new regulations that document requirements for the selection, placement, and responsibilities of region superintendents and school associate superintendents; budget development; requirements related to School Organizational Teams and School Plans of Operation; requirements for monitoring effectiveness of local school precincts; dispute resolution related to the reorganization of the district; and requirements relating to service level agreements.
Relating to NAC 388G regulations, the recommendation is to await final action from the Nevada State Board of Education.
Trustees discussed School Organizational Teams, streamlining supply needs and appeals processes, and ways to increase communication and collaboration among stakeholders. The next steps would be for staff to take the recommendations and feedback from the Trustees to synthesize into a draft to be presented to the board as a Notice of Intent.
Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items
Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding:
- Spelling bee programs in elementary schools
- Literacy programs
- Staffing concerns
- Student discipline and behavior
- Concerns over Global Community High School policies
- Infinite Campus data
- Special education and IEPs
- Teacher pay and insurance
The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for April 28, 2022 @ 5pm.