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, January 13, 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 provided comments on non-agenda items regarding:
- Concerns about the teacher and staff shortages.
- Concerns about the district “5-day pause”.
- Concerns about unintended consequences of the new enrollment system.
- Concerns about the use of masks in schools.
- Benefits and sick leave for substitute teachers to address the substitute teacher shortage.
- Concerns regarding CCSD Regulation 5112 – Change of School Assignment and the impact of school reassignment on student mental health.
- Concerns from students that the dress code policy is oppressive toward female students.
- Requests to allow students to remain in-person for their program classes if schools are closed again due to COVID.
- Concerns about an impending school closure and the impact on student mental health.
- Exhaustion of teachers due to the teacher shortage.
- Concerns about the new CCSD zone variance policy and the impact on siblings who will have to attend different schools.
- Concerns that mandatory reporters are not reporting child abuse and abusers continuing to be employed.
- Concerns regarding teachers being allowed to take cell phones from students.
- Considerations for redefining the qualifications in place for substitute licensure.
Click here to view written public comment on non-agenda items submitted online.
Consent Agenda Highlights:
- Approval of student expulsions according to NRS 392.467 (Board Policy 5114 and Regulations 5114 and 5141.1).
- Approval to establish a Student Training Agreement between CCSD and the Valley Health System, L.L.C. for students to receive clinical experience in a healthcare setting.
- Approval to allocate funds made available from the U.S Department of Education through the Nevada Department of Education state set-aside ESSER budget to provide opportunities for CCSD to initiate a districtwide Tier I Restorative Practices Implementation Project in an amount of $2,597,490.04.
- Authorization to submit and implement the state-funded program for Salary Incentives for eligible 2020-2021 licensed personnel to be paid from FY22 in the approximate amount of $509,493.28.
- Authorization to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Division of Environmental Protection Bureau of Air Quality Planning and Churchill County School District to replace one eligible diesel-powered school bus with one zero-emission school bus and purchase and install one charging station for the replacement zero-emission school bus.
Members of the public shared comments on this agenda item regarding:
- A request for quicker school year expulsions reporting.
- Congratulations to CCSD’s new hires.
- Concerns that school libraries do not have a wide variety of books.
- Concerns that staff do not have enough sick days.
- Concerns about the restorative justice program.
Click here to view a detailed list of all consent agenda items.
Trustees Heard Update on Plan for Path Forward Program of Distance Education and Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction
In order to open for the 2021-2022 school year and access federal reopening funds, CCSD submitted a plan to the Nevada Department of Education outlining plans for virtual learning and a safe return to in-person learning. Trustees heard an update on the revisions to this plan, as required every six months. The revisions included:
- Updates to language outline the correct usage of masks.
- Information on student COVID screening.
- Information about safety regarding student transportation.
- Social-emotional supports and resources for staff.
The revised plan will be submitted to the Nevada Department of Education on January 14 for approval.
CCSD will also begin the Test to Stay Program, which is a COVID mitigation strategy for individuals who have been exposed to someone who tested positive in the school setting. This is a voluntary program in which students and staff can opt-in.
Students who test positive and are symptomatic will engage in distance learning, managed by their school. CCSD staff clarified that schools are not offering full-time distance learning.
Members of the public provided comments regarding:
- Concerns about the COVID testing and notification protocols.
- The need to implement quality distance education for students who are unable to be in-person.
Click here to view public comments submitted online
Click here to view the revised plan.
Click here to read more about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Trustees Approve Agreements between CCSD and Employee Bargaining Units (6-0-1)
The bargaining units include the Clark County Education Association, Education Support Employees Association, Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees, Police Officers Association, and the Police Administrators Association. The agreement provides for FTE and 5 unions.
The agreements allow for two $1,000 bonuses, with the first to be paid for FTE with regular status on January 1, 2022. The second bonus will be distributed to qualifying employees who remain active through the end of the school year. Substitute teachers, temps, and senior leadership will not receive retention bonuses. The total cost of the bonuses is $66 million.
The motion passed 6-0-1. One trustee abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest.
Click here to view the summary.
Public Comment #2
Members of the public provided comments on non-agenda items regarding:
- The approach to translation of IEPs and how comprehensive they are.
- The substitute teacher hiring process.
- Concerns about the expulsion rate for Black students and the need for a plan to ensure Black student excellence.
The next regular board meeting will take place Thursday, January 27, at 5:00 pm.
Prior to adjournment, a token of appreciation was given to Linda Cavazos for her term as President of the Board of School Trustees.