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, May 13, 2021
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting
What happened at this meeting?
Members of the public commented in-person, through voice recorded messages, and written public comment on agenda and non-agenda items regarding:
- Concerns with CCSD’s facial covering requirements for staff and students
- Concerns about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines
- Concerns about low student grades impacting student mental health
- Recommendations for the use of American Rescue Plan funds at the district
- Support & Opposition to amend the contract for CCSD’s Superintendent of Schools
- Concerns that Open Meeting Law was violated in relation to the Superintendent’s contract renewal
Trustees Approved Consent Agenda
Consent Agenda Highlights:
- Purchase awards totaling $44.8 million, including $37.2 million for textbooks and enrichment materials.
- Approval of CCSD Policies & Regulations:
Trustees Approve Amendment to Superintendent of Schools Contract (4-3)
The amendment to Superintendent Jara’s contract revises the renewal term of the previous agreement, removing the clause that automatically renews the contract. Rather, the amendment extends the term of the contract to January 15, 2023. All other provisions of the contract remain intact.
Trustees discussed the relevance of open meeting law violation accusations in relation to the contract amendment. A motion to approve the amendment passed 4-3.
Click here to view the amendment.
Trustees Approve MOA’s with Collective Bargaining Units (6-0-1)
Trustees approved memorandums of agreement (MOA’s) with three collective bargaining units related to staffing for Summer Acceleration, Extended School Year, and Secondary Summer School programs for the Education Support Employees Association (ESEA), Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees (CCASAPE) and the Clark County Education Association (CCEA).
Each MOA includes provisions regarding scheduling, pay, and incentives for employees who work on these learning opportunities for Summer 2021. One trustee abstained from voting on these items.
Click here to view the MOA with ESEA.
Click here to view the MOA with CCASAPE.
Click here to view the MOA with CCEA.
Trustees Announce Notice of Intent to Adopt District Policy
This policy will come back before the Board for final approval at the June 10 meeting.
Policy 7611 – Integrated Pest Management
Trustees Hear Update on 2021 Legislative Session
CCSD Staff provided Trustees with an update on the 2021 Legislative Session. Highlights include:
- CCSD Legislative Platform: Senate Bill 2 (related to education system efficiencies) and Senate Bill 66 (related to addressing the digital divide) have each passed out of Assembly committees and will move to the assembly floor for a vote. If passed, each bill will proceed to Governor Sisolak’s desk for final signature or veto.
- Economic Forum: Following a forecast by the Nevada Economic Forum, an additional $910 million is expected to be included in Nevada’s General Fund over the next three fiscal years.
- Pupil-Centered Funding Formula: The Joint Senate Finance and Assembly Ways & Means Subcommittee on K/12 Education voted to move forward with the full implementation of the Pupil-Centered Funding Formula, rather than a phased implementation as recommended by the Governor. Additionally, $165 million has been shifted from categorical funding streams (including Victory, Zoom, and Nevada Ready 21) to fund weighted multipliers aligned to specific student needs. $140 million from SB178 funds will be split 50/50 between weights for students receiving the English Language Learners and At-Risk weighted multiplier. Additionally, the Senate Finance committee has adopted some of the recommendations set by the Commission on School Funding via SB439. On Saturday, May 15, the full Joint Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committee will meet to finalize the recommendations of the subcommittees.