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, June 23, 2022
What happened at this meeting?
Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items
Members of the public shared comments regarding:
- Student safety and bullying
- Support staff salaries
- Qualifications for substitute teachers
- District staff responsiveness
- Equity in school district policies
Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (5-1-0)
Consent Agenda Highlights:
- Intrastate interlocal contracts between CCSD and MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital, and Sunrise Hospital
- Interlocal agreements between CCSD and the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education on behalf of Nevada State College, UNLV, and UNR
- CCSD pre-Kindergarten-12 Student Code of Conduct (Spanish version available here)
- CCSD critical labor shortage designations for elementary and secondary grades
- Adoption of CCSD Board of Trustees’ Governance Policy B/SE-7: Board Response to Board Reports
Explore consent agenda items here.
One Trustee abstained from voting on this item.
Trustees Heard a Presentation on Teacher Retention
Staff presented on the current state of teaching positions and vacancies in the District. From the 2016-2017 school year to the 2021-2022 school year, student enrollment decreased by 15,777 students and the licensed employee count decreased by 56 employees. Initial findings from staff include a significant increase in the number of planned licensed positions over the last seven years is outpacing the number of teachers the district can hire; and planned full-time equivalent positions include attempts to reduce class sizes and an increase in non-classroom licensed positions.
Staff also provided a vacancy update thus far for the 2022-2023 school year. Schools with the highest vacancy percentages are concentrated around the North Las Vegas area, with the highest vacancy percentages ranging between 20% and 40.74%. Seventy-nine percent of students at schools with at least a 20% teacher vacancy percentage are Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino.
School impact findings include vacancy rates not equitably distributed among all schools and student groups, as well as a challenge for the District in serving the schools with the greatest need and providing smaller class sizes for all students. Steps that were recommended include increased marketing for the new starting teacher salaries; incentivizing licensed staff to be hired and retained at schools with the greatest need; exploring alternate certification pathways and licensing requirements and reciprocity; and improving working conditions through implementing Multi-Tier Systems of Support and capacity-building for new and/or struggling teachers.
Explore the presentation.
Trustees Held a Public Hearing on and Approved a New Memorandum of Agreement Between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association Regarding Article 19-4-2 of the Negotiated Agreement (5-1-0)
Trustees approved a new Memorandum of Understanding between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association that provides that any bus driver or special education bus driver starting between January 1, 2022 and July 1, 2022, will move to Step B-1 and will remain at that step until the one-year anniversary of their hire date.
One trustee abstained from voting on this item.
Trustees Held a Public Hearing on and Approved a Second Amendment to the Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employee Association Regarding Changes in Language in Article 20 (5-1-0)
Trustees approved a second amendment to the negotiated agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employee Association’s 2021-2023 Negotiated Agreement. The amendment increases the contribution by CCSD to the ESEA Group Health Insurance program, with a fiscal impact of $6.6 million.
One trustee abstained from voting on this item.
Trustees Held a Public Hearing on and Approved an Amendment to the Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees (CCASAPE) Regarding Article 16-3 (6-0)
Trustees approved an amendment to the Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and CCASAPE. The amendment to Article 16-3 changes the language to provide clarity to procedures regarding placement of administrators on the approved salary scale and brings the Article into compliance with SB 293 of the 2021 Legislature. There is no fiscal impact to this amendment.
Trustees Held a Public Hearing on and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the CCASAPE Regarding Summer Pay for Principals Recently Moved to 12-Month Contracts (6-0)
Trustees conducted a public hearing on and approved a new Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and CCASAPE to address pay for certain principals who were recently moved to 12-month contracts and who will be working during June (and in some cases July) in the Extended School Year program, or who will be opening new schools or replacement schools. The fiscal impact of the Memorandum is approximately $560,000.
Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items
Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding:
- Public comment periods at CCSD Board of Trustees meetings
- Literacy and mathematics goals
- Improving educational equity and strategies for increasing educational equity
The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for July 14, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.