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 5pm at the Edward A. Greer Education Center (Board Room): 2832 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121.
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, November 29, 2018
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting
What happened at this meeting?
The Consent Agenda included approval of a $250,000 settlement for a case alleging employment discrimination and retaliation.
Trustees heard an update from the Student Advisory Committee
The purpose of this committee is to provide an open forum for students to get information about District policies, procedures, and current events. Students also give their feedback and ideas to Trustees and district administrative leadership.
The committee shared topics covered in their two most recent meetings, which were:
- Various pathways to graduation, such as the college and career ready diploma.
- Their questions and concerns about the random weapons searches at schools.
- Updates on the gender diverse identities and expression policy (CCSD Policy 5138)
Trustees Discuss Policy for Naming of Schools and Education Related Facilities.
Trustees discussed an update of the existing policy in general, and specifically the renaming of Kit Carson Elementary School. The Board agreed to bring back both topics as individual agenda items at a future meeting.
Trustees Approve Updates to Policies regarding:
- School Mascots and Other Identifiers (Policy 1101). Trustees approved adding a requirement that the direct supervisor of a school principal make the final decision for mascot and other school spirit identifiers (such as team names, school song, and school colors).
- Investment Program (Policy 3214). This policy outlines the guidelines, objectives, and priorities for the responsible investment of public funds.
- Small Purchases made with Procurement Cards (Policy 3313). Trustees approved updates to purchase requirements on procurement cards. School principals and department heads are authorized (with a set limit) to use procurement cards to directly purchase instructional or work-related supplies and materials. This policy outlines the authorized and not authorized use of the procurement cards.
- Higher Education Cooperative Program (Policy 6174). Trustees approved rewording the Higher Education Cooperative to Dual Enrollment Programs, which allow eligible CCSD high school students an opportunity to receive credit toward graduation requirements for both high school and higher education institutions.
Trustees expressed excitement about some recent events, such as the Sun Youth Forum, the student Mariachi Competition, and a celebratory event for the inaugural 2018-19 Superintendent’s Honor Roll, which celebrates 5-star and Shining Star CCSD schools. Principals from 62 schools were recognized for the outcomes they were able to reach for their students.
Trustees & Superintendent Communication
Superintendent Jara and Trustees discussed whether the new organization of Regional Associate Superintendents is in compliance with AB 469 (CCSD reorganization). Superintendent Jara explained that while they are technically out of compliance, they had been prior to the change as well, and will be working through the legislative process toward amendments to be in compliance.
Superintendent Jara also explained that he is in close conversation with the State Superintendent, bargaining units, and legislators– with aligned priorities that principals have autonomy to hire their own staff and the manage their own budget.
Members of the public addressed school zoning and reciprocal licensure for special education teachers.
Potential Future Items:
- Updating language for Naming of Schools and Education-Related Facilities policy (Policy 7223).
- Kit Carson Elementary School name reassignment.
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