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. While all meetings are typically held at the Edward A. Greer Education Center (Board Room): 2832 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121, all meetings are now held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Can community members engage at Trustee Meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Community members can sign up to speak after the agenda has been posted– by calling the Board Office at (702) 799-1072 at least 3 hours before the scheduled meeting, or signing up in-person at the beginning of the meeting. Prior to each agenda item being voted on, speakers can share their perspective after the Board’s discussion and prior to the vote.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting
What happened at this meeting?
Members of the public submitted voice recorded public comment regarding:
- Support for the gun safety resolution
- Concerns about the plan to bring students back to school buildings
- Concerns about some Trustees’ character
- Concerns about student mental health as a reason to open schools
- Support for increased pay for School Psychologists
Trustees Approved Consent Agenda
Consent Agenda Highlights:
- Purchase awards totaling $5,123,379.00.
- Purchase orders totaling $803,118.95.
- Approval to implement water efficient technology projects on various CCSD sites, such as cooling towers and turf conversion
Trustees also approved removal of Agenda Item 3.16 for further review.
Trustees Postponed Vote on Agreement with Campus 2020, LLC
Trustees discussed the feasibility of an agreement between CCSD and Campus 2020, LLC to engage in a public/private partnership that allows the partner to purchase the land from CCSD, for CCSD to lease it, and then buy it back after 10 years. This agreement would reduce the cost for school building. Trustees raised concerns about the use of general operating funds to pay for the lease rather than bond dollars, which are used for school building construction. Some trustees recommended ensuring that this item comes before the bond oversight committee for discussion prior to trustee vote, however the bond oversight committee does not have authority on this item.
This item will come back before the board at the February 11th meeting. A motion to postpone the vote indefinitely failed 3-4.
Click here to view reference materials.
Trustees Heard Presentation on CCSD’s Information Technology (IT) Organizational Structure
CCSD partnered with the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology for an organizational study intended to analyze current digital and physical structures. The study recommends adjustments on the items below so that the digital infrastructure supports current physical infrastructure more effectively. Recommendations included:
- Proposed IT Organizational Structure in which there are clear roles and responsibilities,
- Staff development to support IT programs, projects, and services,
- Staffing and funding suggestions,
- End-user support services, and
- cyber safety.
CCSD has acted on some of the recommendations including items regarding organizational structure and purchase of resources.
Click here to view the presentation.
Trustees Appointed Board Member to the Debt Management Commission and Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition
Trustees approved a motion to appoint Trustee Williams as Board Member to the Debt Management Commission and Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition.
Click here to view the Debt Management Commission.
Trustees Appointed Board Member to the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Board of Control
Trustees approved a motion to appoint Trustee Cavazos as Board Member to the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Board of Control.
Click here to view the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association appointee request.
Trustees Heard Presentation on Legislative Involvement and Advocacy
Trustees approved a motion to adopt a board member plan regarding Trustee participation during the 81st (2021) session of the Nevada Legislature and Legislative Committee assignments.
Click to view supporting documents:
- Membership, Schedule and Location of Meetings
- State of Nevada 2021 Legislative Session 120-Day Calendar
- Assembly Standing Committees
Resolution Regarding Safe Storage of Firearms Notification
Trustees discussed a resolution regarding sending letters to parents and guardians that explains the importance of secure gun storage and the legal obligations to protect minors from accessing irresponsibly stored guns, to be included in annual registration materials at each school site, and requiring a signature.
The letter would not prevent students from registering in a school if it is not signed.
Trustees denied the motion to approve the resolution, but approved an amended motion to return the agenda item to the Board no later than June 1 with review and assessment of information by the Superintendent’s Safety Committee.
Trustees shared comments about the effectiveness of the letter to prevent student deaths, current Nevada law and 2nd Amendment Rights, and similar practices in other school districts to inform families of safe storage.
Trustees Heard Presentation on Current Budget Forecast
The State Department of Taxation recommends CCSD be removed from the fiscal watch list. Currently, CCSD is unable to create a definitive budget for the 2021-22 SY given variables such as COVID-19, recession, student enrollment, and State of Nevada funding reductions to K-12 education. With CCSD’s work to increase reserve money and over $300,000 of federal funding intended for COVID-related expenses, CCSD does not anticipate cuts. CCSD is not required to return to in-person learning to qualify for this federal funding. CCSD replenished funding for programs such as Read by Grade 3, GATE, and Senate Bill 178 (2017). The state has provided funding for 2% raises and healthcare, but due to the reduced total funding for CCSD, CCSD does not anticipate raises.
Click here for the presentation.
Trustees Conducted Hearing for and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of Negotiated Agreement Between CCSD and CCEA
Trustees heard public comment in support of the MOA and approved the MOA, which modifies the pay of school psychologists in an attempt to attract and retain school psychologists. The financial impact statement for 2021 is $527,693 and is projected to be $1,121,378 for 2022.
Public Comment #2
Members of the public submitted public comment on non-agenda items regarding:
- Support and concerns regarding in-person learning plans to bring students and educators back to school buildings
- Concerns about vaccine rollout
- Request to delay date of ACT until teachers have time to get vaccinated
- Concerns about district and media communication of student suicides
- Concerns about lack of access to disaggregated data
- Decisions to resume or postpone student sports
Click below to view public comments on non-agenda items submitted online.
Click here for a statement from Governor Steve Sisolak on the safe reopening of schools.