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 14, 2019
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting
What happened at this meeting?
Members of the public provided testimony to Trustees regarding:
- Concerns about the new collective bargaining contract for support staff
- The need for mental health services for students, and a taskforce to reduce student-to-school psychologist ratio
- Support for School Organizational Teams (SOTs)
- The need for more black male CCSD principals
Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda
Consent Agenda highlights:
- Approval of a $100,000 settlement. Click here to read about this in the Review Journal.
- Memorandum of Understanding between CCSD and Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) to promote college and career readiness.
- Approval to implement the Preschool Development Grant, Birth through Five Classroom Improvement Project, to enhance pre-kindergarten classrooms with instructional materials.
Trustees Heard a Presentation on Focus 2024 Student Success Measures
The board heard a presentation on progress made towards student success goals outlined in the Focus 2024 Plan (summarized below). The priority areas include student achievement, closing achievement gaps between student sub-groups, and chronic absenteeism.
Click here to see a data summary.
Click here to see the presentation.
Click here to see this portion of the Focus 2024 plan.
Student Success Priority Area 1: Increase student achievement in English language arts, mathematics, and science.
Priority Area 2: Decrease student proficiency gaps in ELA, mathematics, and science
Priority Area 3: Increase access and equity to rigorous curriculum and instruction for all students.
- Increase and diversify student enrollment and achievement in advanced coursework in all subgroups at the district level and at each middle and high school
- Enrollment in dual-credit classrooms:
- January 2019 Baseline: 2,753 students
- 2019-2020 Actual: 4.409 students
- 2019-2020 Goal: 3,028 students
- Average variance between subpopulation enrollment rates in dual-credit classrooms and subpopulation enrollment rates in CCSD:
- 2018-2019 Baseline: 6.25 percentage points
- 2019-2020 Actual: 5.91 percentage points
- Enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) classrooms:
- January 2019 Baseline: 13,955 students
- 2019-2020 Actual: 13,759 students
- 2019-2020 Goal: 14,653 students
- Average variance between subpopulation enrollment rates in AP classrooms and subpopulation enrollment rates in CCSD:
- January 2019 Baseline: 4.97 percentage points
- 2019-2020 Actual: 4.3 percentage points
- AP tests taken as a percentage of AP enrollments:
- 2018-2019 Baseline: 78%
- 2019-2020 Actual: 74.1%
- Algebra I and Geometry participation in middle school:
- 2018-2019 Baseline: 6,834 students
- 2019-2020 Actual: 7,197 students
- 2019-2020 Goal: 7,381 students
- Students scoring greater than a 3 on the summative AP exam in all subgroups:
- 2018-2019 Baseline: 12,202 students
- 2019-2020 Actual:12,333 students
- 2019-2020 Goal: 12,812 students
- Enrollment in dual-credit classrooms:
Priority Area 4: Ensure students and staff are safe students are engaged at school.
- Decrease chronic absenteeism and chronic absenteeism gaps
- Chronic absenteeism rate:
- 2017-2018 Baseline: 20.7%
- 2018-2019 Actual: 21.9%
- 2018-2019 Goal: 19.7%
- Gap between the highest and lowest subgroups in chronic absenteeism:
- 2017-2018 Baseline: 23.1 percentage points
- 2018-2019 Actual: 24.1 percentage points
- 2018-2019 Goal: 17.6 percentage points
- Chronic absenteeism rate:
Trustees Approved Policy Updates
The board approved updates to the following policies:
- Board Evaluation Methodology Policy
- Board and Superintendent Evaluation Methodology Policy
- Construction of Agenda and Requests for Agenda Items Process
Trustees Approved the Naming of the Cheyenne High School Baseball Field
Cheyenne High School baseball field is now named The Chad W. Parque Memorial Baseball Field. Detective Parque is a fallen member of North Las Vegas Police, a Cheyenne High School graduate, and a mentor for students at Cheyenne High School.
Click here to learn more.
Trustees Approved Updates to the Capital Improvement Plan (5-2)
Trustees approved updates to the 2015 Capital Improvement Plan. The CCSD Facilities Service Unit stated that district schools need significant building improvements. To address all these needs, the district would need approximately $2 billion. Trustees discussed the most appropriate use of buildings, as well as concerns about overcrowding.
The approved updates to the Capital Improvement Plan were:
- Construct a new building addition at Gragson Elementary School.
- Construct a new building addition at Petersen Elementary School.
- Remove classroom additions and reallocate funds to Comprehensive Renovation Program.
- Remove Comprehensive High School and High School additions. Build two new Career and Technical Academies.
- Recommend to increase budget from $10 Million to $30.5 Million and to construct a new school (Global Community High School) at Maryland Parkway and Oakley Boulevard.
- Recommend to increase Sandy Valley budget from $10.7 Million to $32 Million.
- Recommend to approve additional positions as recommended by staff to execute the Capital Improvement Program.
Following site visits and a review of data, the Facilities Division will present the Strategic Comprehensive Renovation Program to the Bond Oversight Committee on December 19, 2019. The Division is requesting an additional 12 staff members to implement the improvement project.
Click here to see the Capital Improvement Plan.
Members of the public provided comment about adding a Career and Technical Academy in North Las Vegas, plus expressing support for a new building for Global Community High School.
Trustees Approved the Contract for School Administrators & Professional Technical Employees
The contract extends the negotiated agreement between the Clark County School District and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional Technical Employees through 2021.
Major updates to the contract include:
- 3% raise for all employees covered under this contract
- 4% increase in insurance coverage
- Step increases
- Procedures for extended leave
- Revisions to banked hours
- Non-substantive date and language updates to align to CCSD policies
Click here to see the contract.
Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Update District Regulations
The following regulations will be presented to the board for final approval at the December 12th board meeting:
- Regulation 3432 – District Liability Claims
- Regulation 3432.1 – Workers Compensation Claims
- Regulation 4231 – Alcohol & Controlled Substances Testing
- Regulation 4343 – Disciplinary Action: Support Staff and School Police Employees
Trustees participated in Principal for a Day, Sun Youth Forum, and a middle school Honor Choir concert.
Requests for Future Agenda Items:
- A presentation on professional development programs
- Review and possible revision of policies related to school libraries and instructional materials