Response to State of the State Address

Opportunity 180 has released the following statement in response to Governor Lombardo’s State of the State Address on January 23:

“Opportunity 180’s North Star is ensuring every kid graduates from high school college and career ready. We appreciate Governor Lombardo affirming that ‘every Nevada child has the right to a quality education and should be college or career ready by time they graduate high school’ during his State of the State address. We look forward to working collaboratively with the Governor’s office, the 2023 Legislature,  students, families, and other stakeholders on equitable and consistent policies, pathways, and solutions that will ensure access to a high-quality public education is the reality for every single kid in Nevada.”

To watch Governor Lombardo’s entire State of the State Address, click here.

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 1/20/23

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Friday, January 20, 2023

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • A recommendation for educators and high school staff to include in the Career and College Readiness assessment committee

Board Discussed the State Plan for the Improvement of Pupils

Staff provided an overview of the Statewide Plan for the Improvement of Pupils (STIP), an analysis of data regarding success strategies, and how the state is performing on goals aligned with the STIP.

  • Goal 1: Access to early care and education: Progress is mostly flat for accelerating Read by Grade 3.
  • Goal 2: Access to effective teachers: Licensed educational personnel vacancies have dropped from 12.44% for the 2021-22 school year to 9.58% for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Goal 3: Continued academic growth: Improvement has been showed among some student groups in closing pre-K-8 opportunity gaps, but gaps persist among others.
  • Goal 4: Graduate future ready and globally prepared: Disparities among graduation rates in different student groups persist, with graduation rates dropping for students who identify as Black, American Indian-Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • Goal 5: Access to educational opportunities: Risk assessments are missing data points from the FY22 for comparisons.
  • Goal 6: Safe environments: Five schools were rated as least favorable regarding physical safety.

Staff detailed certain considerations. Some progress has been made but there are opportunities for the Department, school districts, and schools to improve. There is some key data missing due to waivers and remote learning for SY 2019-20 and SY 2020-21. This makes it difficult to track progress.

Staff concluded that several actions listed in the strategies are “not within the purview of the Nevada Department of Education.” The Department will submit a 2023 STIP Addendum, shift the focus of strategies in the STIP to ensure alignment with different NDE divisions and boards, and identify and monitors supports available.

Final approvals will be considered at the March Board meeting.

Explore the presentation.

Board Received a Presentation on Bill Draft Requests of the 82nd Legislative Session

Staff provided an overview of the Department’s bill draft requests (BDRs) for the 82nd Legislative Session, which begins in February.

  • Assembly Bill (AB) 65: A bill intended to clarify or make language more efficient in existing law. It has six parts: 1) educators may receive a summative evaluation during a third waiver year at the discretion of the supervisor or by request; 2) clarifies bullying definitions and reporting; 3) changes the process for adult-child complaints to be handled primarily within the district; 4) changes the kindergarten cut-off birthdate to August 1 and clarifies language about first and second grade students who did not attend kindergarten or first grade; 5) clarifies that work-based learning plans will be approved by superintendent; and 6) clarifies language differentiating between progressive discipline and restorative approaches.
  • AB 42: Class size reduction reporting requirements, including class size reduction reporting and eliminating alternate reporting plans; adjusts certain class size requests; and shifts variance requests to be completed once per year instead of quarterly.
  • AB 4: Adjusts the meeting timeline for the Commission on School Funding and revises membership for the Commission on Professional Standards
  • AB 25: Expands Nevada’s Good Samaritan Law protection for both public and private schools
  • Senate Bill (SB) 9: Removes end of course exams; eliminates participation in the parent report card form; adjusts timelines for reporting requirements for personnel and services report for local education agencies; increases the use of career and technical education funds that can include leadership, training, and workforce development activities; and adjusts provisions regarding the Educational Involvement Accord
  • AB 54: Clarifies language that provides school districts as a reviewer for education plans for hospitals providing education services; updates language regarding free and reduced-lunch eligible students; creates consistency among the use of “attendance” and “enrollment” and updates the definition of chronic absenteeism.

Other pre-filed bills the Department is monitoring include:

  • SB46 relating to the creation of Empowerment Districts (Carson City School District)
  • SB47 on the creation of a Public Education Working Conditions Task Force, authorizing the Board of Trustees to build, purchase, or rent residential dwellings and eliminate teacher licensure fees (Clark County School District)
  • SB56 on a Commission on School Modernization, consisting of all Nevada superintendents being tasked with undertaking a study and making recommendations to revise NRS and NAC on related matters (Washoe County School District)
  • SB65, which requires members of a school board to provide a certification for school board candidates for training and professional development, and requiring fingerprinting for Board of Trustees candidates (Clark County School District).

Additional updates will be provided throughout the legislative session.

Explore the presentation and Assembly Bill 65 text.

Board Approved the Nevada Association of School Superintendents’ iNVest in Education Proposal

The Board approved endorsing the iNVest platform, which was presented at the December board meeting.

Review the iNVest handout.

Board Discussed Goals and the Board’s Self-Evaluation Process

The board reviewed the process that has been completed thus far: training, workshops, setting a vision and mission, as well as goals aligned with that vision; and then collaboratively discussed goals and objectives in alignment with the Silver State Governance training rubric. The rubric is scored by 0-4, with zero being not student outcomes focused and four mastering student outcomes focused.

  • Adopting Vision and Goals Aligned to Student Outcomes – Discussed as Approaching the Student Outcomes Focus
  • Adopting Guardrails Aligned to Vision – Discussed asApproaching the Student Outcomes Focus
  • Devoting Significant Time to Accountability and Monitoring – Discussed as Not Student Outcomes Focused and Approaching Student Outcomes Focus
  • Including Stakeholders in the Pursuit of the Vision –  Discussed as Not Approaching Student Outcomes Focused and Meeting Student Outcomes Focus
  • Leading with One Voice in Pursuit of Vision and Goals – Discussed as Approaching Student Outcomes Focus and Meeting Student Outcomes Focus
  • Investing Time and Resources Towards Improvement – Discussed as Approaching Student Outcomes Focus and Meeting Student Outcomes Focus

Discussion included additional avenues for community engagement and future workshop content.

Explore the goals, guidelines, and rubric.

Board Discussed Future Agenda Items

The board reviewed the following items for inclusion in the 2023 calendar:

  • State Board meeting start times
  • Subcommittee findings and recommendations for the College and Career Readiness assessment
  • State Board Officers elections
  • English Mastery Council recommendations
  • Workshops for school start times

Public Comment #2

  • No public comment provided.

The next regular Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2022.


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 12/15/22

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Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, December 15, 2022

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • Exempting speech language pathologists from certain competency testing
  • Legislative priorities for the Board
  • Alternate pathways to teacher licensure
  • Nevada’s ranking in the Education Law Center’s “Making the Grade” report
  • Teacher pay and recruitment
  • Disproportionate opportunities for students of color
  • High school start times
  • Operational effectiveness in school districts

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Five schools were recognized as Purple Star schools for their support to military families.
  • With the election of Governor-Elect Lombardo, there may be some shifts within the Board of Education.
  • There is a budget surplus, which several members of the board and external partners, including legislators, are working on to benefit education in Nevada.
  • The UNLV College of Education Alumni of the Year was Superintendent Jhone Ebert.
  • NSHE Board of Regents approved new programs at UNLV, including two new Master’s programs for educators. New anti-bias and anti-discrimination regulations were also passed. Regents also approved the renewal of the MGM employer-sponsored higher education program. New board officer positions within NSHE have also been announced.

Superintendent’s Report

  • Several school and district visits have taken place in Elko, Lander, Humboldt, Pershing, and Lyon Counties, and Owyhee Combined School.
  • Megan Peterson is the new Deputy Superintendent for Student Investment.
  • 1,458 responses have been submitted to the college and career readiness assessment survey.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Explore the consent agenda items.

Board Discussed Possibly Implementing Later Start Times for High School

The Board discussed potentially implementing later start times for high school students. Benefits of later start times include better mental and physical health, improved academic outcomes, reduced risk of car accidents and injuries, and less tardiness.

Board and several superintendents in attendance discussed the need for additional stakeholder input on needs, cost and availability of transportation, student wellness, and piloting the program. The state will gather feedback on this topic to make a decision at a later date.

Explore the benefits document.

Board Approved a Position Statement for the 2023 Legislative Session

The Board approved its position statement on additional funding from the 2023 legislative session, to get student funding to an optimal level. The three large areas of priority identified by the state in this position statement are educator recruitment, training, retention, and support; Pre-K programs; and infrastructure (both physical and technological). After discussion, additional language was provided on competency-based learning and workforce development goals.

Explore the position statement.

Board Discussed Goals and Benchmarks of the State for Improving Student Achievement

Representatives of the Nevada Association of School Superintendents (NASS) presented a summary of the most recent math and ELA outcomes, graduation rates, and CTE outcomes, and potential alternate metrics for student achievement, including student-led conferences, student goals, service activities, and extra- and co-curricular activities. NASS representatives detailed the iNVest priorities for the 2023 legislature:

  • Funding districts and schools to hire and retain high-quality staff in a competitive labor market, including increasing salaries, new pathways to the education profession, leadership pathways, standardized curriculum and professional development for teachers, and improved working conditions (Estimated cost: $1.7 billion)
  • Increasing equitable education opportunities, including fully funding student weights, expanded CTE, STEM/STEAM, and other innovative programs, and 1:1 connectivity and access to WiFi (Estimated cost: $976 million)
  • Improving needed supports for students and families, including addressing mental health needs, family empowerment programs, and extra- or co-curricular activities (Estimated cost: $1 billion)

NASS representatives asked the Board to adopt the iNVest platform at its next meeting.

Washoe County School District reported that they have adopted their legislative platform in alignment with iNVest priorities and the State’s position statement, and the district will be embarking on a strategic planning process in 2023. There is a need for greater systemic coherence and modernizing statues and regulations and policies.

Nevada Association of School Boards reported that their annual conference welcomed 130+ attendees, and that the organization is expanding its training and tracking programs, and rebuilding its website. The representative also spoke about the need for enhanced collaboration and the need to focus on student outcomes.

Nye County School District reported that resources and funding levels, as well as state support for school performance plans, are challenges for the District, as well as adequate staffing for teachers and support staff.

Explore the presentation, appendix, and iNVest platform document.

Board Deferred a Presentation on Developmentally Appropriate Kindergarten Policy

This item will be heard at the January board meeting.

Future Agenda Items

The board reviewed the following items for inclusion in the 2023 calendar:

  • Graduation rates presentation
  • Silver State Governance Training
  • Board evaluations
  • Board meeting start times
  • Priority bills for the 2023 Legislature
  • High school start times workshop

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subjects:

  • Disproportionality among students in discipline and student progress
  • Pay rates for support employees
  • Public comment periods at Clark County School District meetings
  • District accountability

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2022.


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 12/13/22

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Washoe County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The Washoe County School District Board of 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.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees.

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Tuesdays) at 2 pm both virtually and at the Central Administration Building Board Room, 425 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings.

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 or via email. Email comments should be submitted to publiccomments@washoeschools.net. 


Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Adopted the Final Draft of the 2023 Washoe County School District Legislative Platform

Staff and contracted personnel from Pinyon Public Affairs provided a recap of trustee feedback from the previous draft of the 2023 legislative platform. Priorities include staff raises, increasing the direct ask to a 15% increase in base funding, and centered on a 20% goal; highlighting traffic safety and human trafficking in student safety measures; funding for class sizes and eliminating weighted funding caps; preserving instructor professionalism and autonomy; and targeting property tax reform ensures a stable, predictable revenue stream in a way that matches the demand for student services, is transparent in allocations, and is limited in its use to address the most pressing needs. Following these updates, Trustees approved the legislative platform.

Explore the 2023 Legislative Platform Draft and the presentation.

Trustees Adopted a Resolution in Support of “iNVest 2023”, A Nevada Association of School Superintendents Document Supporting Public Education in Nevada

Trustees voted to support the iNVest 2023 framework, a document from the Nevada Association of School Superintendents that outlines several legislative priorities focused around improving student achievement. Priorities include increasing per-pupil funding, fully funding weights assigned in the Pupil Centered Funding Plan, modernizing educational statutes, enabling schools to be technology-rich, investing in school safety measures, and new school construction.

Explore the resolution and the iNVest 2023 document.

Trustees Adopted Washoe County School District Board Resolutions 22-034 and 22-035 to Augment and Amend the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget

Trustees approved transfers and augmentations to comply with Nevada Revised Statutes in alignment with the average daily enrollment of pupils. Resolution 22-034 regarded the General Fund and accounted for $2,598,708 to cover encumbered expenses for devices, technology-related purchases, and equipment, school and department carryover, and future costs related to finalized negotiations.

Revenues will decrease by $8,383,264 due to decreased enrollment (average daily enrollment was budgeted at 61,923 students and the actual daily enrollment was 60,777 students). To offset this shortfall, it will reduce already vacant teacher positions, vacant TOSA positions, and available at-risk funding.

Resolution 22-035 regarded the State Special Education Fund. Available resources consist of $84,947 in net anticipated revenues above what is currently budgeted, and State Special Education revenues are $474,584 more than budgeted, which will be used to pay for encumbrance and school carryover, half of the new Associate Chief of Teaching and Learning position, and flow-through funds to District-sponsored charter schools.

Explore Board Resolution 22-034, Board Resolution 22-035, and the FY23 December Amended Budget Presentation.

Trustees Adopted Board Resolution 22-036 that Provides for Issuance of a General Obligation Medium-Term Bonds in an Amount Not to Exceed $3.4 Million

Trustees approved Board Resolution 22-036 that provides for the issuance of a general obligation medium-term bonds in an amount not to exceed $3.4 million. This will be used to acquire 12 school buses and 22 support vehicles for the district, as well as provides the form, terms, and conditions of the bond, and authorizes the staff to accept a binding bid for the project.

Explore Board Resolution 22-036.

Trustees Received an Update on the Facility Modernization Plan

The first community survey has received more than 1,400 responses and is still open. Field observations and the equity rubric and benchmarking are complete, and a capacity metric has been developed to determine capacity utilization. The first workshop has also been completed, with the second scheduled for January 9.

An educational adequacy assessment is underway, which includes age of the physical building and capability for modern instruction. Facility benchmarking is also taking place for all elementary, middle, and high schools. A slate of early action projects was recommended, based on student needs, facility conditions, operational efficiency, and shovel-readiness (facilities would be ready by 2025). Vaughn Middle School was identified as the most immediate need on this slate for several reasons, including facility inefficiency and student needs.

The recommendation is to proceed with procurement of architectural and engineering design and construction management services to rebuild Vaughn Middle School on the same site, with the school remaining in operation during construction (with students separated with safety barriers), with demolition of the existing building and new playfields after move-in to the new facility.

The team will provide preliminary/final recommendations in February/April.

Explore the update presentation.

Trustees Approved the Washoe County School District Capital Improvement Program, to Include the 2022-2023 ‘B’ Major Projects Program

Trustees approved the recommendations of the Capital Funding Protection Committee’s 2022-2023 ‘B’ Major Projects Program, to include immediate investments into Vaughn Middle School and allow staff to contract for architectural work necessary to begin school improvements.

Review the WCSD Capital Improvement Program list of projects.

Trustees Recognized the 12th Annual Holiday Card Contest Winners

Trustees celebrated the finalists and winners of the annual holiday card competition, including one each from grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Explore the presentation and finalists’ cards.

Trustees Heard a School Spotlight Presentation on Yvonne Shaw Middle School

Trustees recognized the improvement in student outcomes at Yvonne Shaw Middle School.

Explore the highlight presentation.

Trustees Received a Presentation on the Entry Plan Summary Report for Superintendent Enfield

Superintendent Enfield shared her learnings from her first few months in the community. From these learnings, the team will begin the strategic planning process. Highlights in staff engagement include more than 60 school visits, monthly Soup with the Supe meetings, Supe Sessions, and Lunch and Learn gatherings, collaborations with employee association partners, and implementing the Ducky Awards to build a culture of celebration and appreciation. Opportunities in staff engagement include focusing on teaching and learning, reassessing assessments, and advocating for funding students and staff.

In family engagement, highlights include town halls, community coffee chats, and small group conversations. Opportunities in this area include dedicated leadership for special education, creating superintendent advisory groups, and home visits.

In engaging with community leaders and organizations, highlights include monthly meetings with higher education leaders and working with business and industry partners. Opportunities include additional partnerships, community involvement, and partnership opportunities for student success.

In analyzing information and collaborating with staff, highlights included working with principals to implement coverage solutions, working on short-term and long-term educator needs, reintroducing the NWEA MAP Growth assessments, and eliminating the transportation rotation system. Opportunities include intentional planning for professional development days, strengthening relationships with elected officials, and efficient use of resources.

Next steps for Superintendent Enfield include launching the strategic planning process and providing a comprehensive update during the WCSD State of Education address in February 2023.

Explore the summary report, presentation, and “A New Chapter for WCSD.”

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative did not provide a report at this meeting.

Trustee Reports

Trustee reports highlights included:

  • School visits and meetings with administrators
  • Importance of traffic safety in school zones
  • Thanking Trustee Minetto for her service
  • Welcoming Trustee Woodley to the Board
  • Upcoming State Board of Education meeting items
  • Holiday greetings

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Thanking Trustee Minetto for her service
  • Welcoming Trustee Woodley to the Board
  • Congratulating the students holiday card winners
  • Holiday greetings

Public Comment

  • Accomplishments of the Washoe Education Association and collaboration with the Superintendent
  • Administrative Regulation 5161
  • Collaboration on behalf of special needs and special education students
  • District transparency with kids and parents

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for January 10, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 11/22/22

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Washoe County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The Washoe County School District Board of 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.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees.

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Tuesdays) at 2 pm both virtually and at the Central Administration Building Board Room, 425 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings.

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 or via email. Email comments should be submitted to publiccomments@washoeschools.net


Thursday, November 22, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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Watch the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Reviewed the Applications Submitted to Fill the Vacant Position in District E and Selected Candidates to be Interviewed by the Board

District E trustee Angie Taylor won her Assembly race, and the application period to appoint a replacement to the position, per NRS 386.270, has closed. Several applications for this role have been submitted, and the Board heard several introductory remarks from candidates. After a ranked vote, the Trustees moved forward three candidates to be interviewed for the vacant role: Meghan Beyer, Kelly Crosby-Sturtz, and Alex Woodley.

Various public comments were heard on behalf of different candidates.

Review the applications and the applicant screening rubric.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Discussed and Provided Direction to Staff on the 2023 WCSD Legislative Platform for the 2023 Legislative Session

Staff presented the district’s proposed legislative platform, which includes:

  • Advocating for sustainable, strategic funding, including competitive compensation, property tax reform, elimination of unfunded mandates, ensuring funds are used as intended, sustainable funding for vulnerable students, addressing the “Digital Divide,” and investment in high-quality instructional materials
  • Personnel support, including removing barriers to licensure, development of scholarships, grants, and internships for potential educators, flexible licensing, multiple pathways for industry experts and administrative leaders, building an educator pathway model, and enhancing classroom safety
  • Calling for a 10% across-the-board salary increase to educators, administrators, and support personnel

After discussion, staff will revise the platform to consider trustee feedback on  exploring a 20% increase in pay; various funding formula topics, including double-weighting of students, funding to the ratio (not outside of the ratio), and funding amounts; and including human trafficking and traffic safety in safety plans.

Explore the 2023 Legislative Platform Draft and the presentation.

Trustees Discussed the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 Budget Process and Four-Year Financial Plan

Staff presented the FY 2024 budget process and four-year financial plan under the Pupil Centered Funding Plan. FY 22 state General Fund revenues exceeded budgeted revenues by $1.013 billion. Several policy decisions will be formed as the state builds the K-12 education budget, including adhering to the concepts of SB 542 (2019), what budget assumptions the state will use, and what the state will prioritize with revenue growth this biennium.

Staff cautioned that the budget process includes several unknown factors, including the legislative session, monitoring of state K-12 budget, development of critical needs, and adjustments to ESSER funding, as well as enrollment, inflation, labor costs, and the economy. Staff will closely monitor the legislative session and will hold off on major budget changes until the session ends but will address critical needs.

The four-year financial plan will be centered around the District’s General Fund budget and will reflect the long-term impact of known factors such as declining enrollment due to enrollment bubble, employee step increases, and fixed costs for new schools, as well as unknown factors such as per-pupil amounts based on State revenues, inflation, and economic scenarios.

Next steps include tracking the State Education Fund revenues and monitoring the Economic Forum, the Governor’s recommended budget, and the 2023 legislative session.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved the 2022-2023 ‘A’ Major Projects Program in the Amount of $3 Million as Recommended by the Capital Funding Protection Committee

Staff presented and Trustees approved the design phase funding request for the Stonebrook Area Elementary School, in the amount of $3 million. This will help address existing overcrowding and growth. The request approves several architecture and engineering services, site surveying, cost estimating, plan review and permitting, and utility connection fees, among others. This phase will take place from November 2022 – July 2023, and then Trustees will decide if the project should bid and construct, or hold, based on enrollment.

Review the presentation and the list of projects.

Trustees Discussed Smarter Balanced Assessment Mathematics Data in Grades 3-8

Staff presented Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) results in mathematics in grades 3-8, as well as some high school data. Overall, no grade level (3-8) has returned to pre-pandemic levels in mathematics, while there was a slight uptick in performance over the previous year. District-wide, 34% of students perform at grade level. By student population groups, gaps in performance persist in African American (-21), Pacific Islander (-18), American Indian (-17), and Hispanic (-14) students, as well as students who are English learners (-25), students with IEPs (-22), and students who qualify for free and reduced lunch (-15). In high school, there was an increase in the percentage of algebra and geometry credits earned between 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

Consistent with NAEP data, academic recovery in math is not happening as fast as it is with ELA overall. A state-to-state comparison of other states that utilize SBA was also presented, further demonstrating consistency with academic recovery trends.

Next steps include alignment for quality instruction, school performance plans focusing on reducing academic disparities and opportunity gaps, vetting high-quality curriculum and instructional materials, and building foundations for fair and consistent grading practices.

Explore the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative was not present for a report.

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Recognizing schools for several achievements, including Purple Star School status, athletic achievements, and recent educator honors
  • School visits
  • Gratitude for schools, students, and staff
  • Thank you to former Board president Angie Taylor

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Thanking an exiting leadership team member, as well as board members, students, staff, and families
  • Thanking former Board president Angie Taylor

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for December 13, at 5:00 p.m. 

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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.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees
Click here to find your Trustee District

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).

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings and agendas
Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar

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, October 13, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (6-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Received a Presentation on Focus: 2024 Indicators and Results

Trustees received a presentation on student achievement as it relates to Focus: 2024 indicators and results. Highlights included:

  • A reminder of previous reports given and statement regarding a gap in 2020-2021 school year, when this report was waived due to the COVID pandemic, as well as the context that goals for 2021-2022 were set prior to COVID pandemic and not modified.
  • With an understanding that students are still recovering from the learning losses from the pandemic, most of the achievement goals were not met in the current measured year.
  • Rates of proficiency do seem to be improving since the 2020-2021 year and are comparable to national trends.
  • Targets were not met for English Language Arts Proficiency across all age groups.
  • Proficiency results in mathematics for grades 3-5 showed a sharper rebound year over year, but targets were not met and student outcome levels still did not reach those in 2018-2019.
  • No grade band met proficiency rates in Mathematics.
  • Science proficiency was also not met in each grade band. However, middle school science represents the highest proficiency rate at 30.3%.
  • Challenges included high faculty and staff vacancies and student/staff absences due to the ongoing pandemic recovery.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employee Association Regarding Increases in Pay and Training for Specialized Programs Teachers’ Assistants (6-0)

Trustees held a public hearing on and approved an increase in pay and training for Specialized Programs Teachers’ Assistants III and IV within the approved Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and ESEA. The total fiscal impact of these changes is $600,000.

Explore the Memorandum and fiscal impacts summary.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees Regarding Extra Pay for a Twelve-Month Administrator with Additional Responsibilities (6-0)

Trustees held a public hearing on and approved extra pay for a twelve-month administrator who will be on-call for CCSD’s Connection Line program from August 2022 until the program is no longer needed or funding is no longer available. The total fiscal impact of these changes is $5,289.

Explore the Memorandum and fiscal impacts summary.

Trustees Discussed and Approved a Notice of Intent for Regulation 2130 – District Organization (6-0)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent regarding Regulation 2130, pertaining to district reorganization.

Staff reviewed changes to the regulation, including the appeals process, clarifying the SOT role in hiring, usage of carryforward dollars, requiring the Superintendent to monitor use of carryforward dollars, and the dispute resolution process.

Changes that triggered the second notice of intent include waiting to include language that may be directed by the Legislature, as well as language regarding the formation of SOTs at school sites with inconsistent enrollees or small schools.

Trustees acknowledged adjustments will still need to be made to this policy and reiterated the importance of meeting State Board requirements and deadlines.

Explore the Notice of Intent.

Trustees Discussed and Approved its Platform for the 2023 Legislative Session

Trustees discussed and approved its legislative platform. Previously, Trustees voted to advance two BDRs, one related to recruiting and retaining teachers, and one that would establish standards and qualifications for education-related oversight boards.

Staff outlined legislative priorities that would be supported, opposed, or planned as neutral.  Topics under the umbrella of “Support” include Student Learning (acceleration of student learning, fully funding the Pupil Centered Funding Plan based on recommendations from the Commission on School Funding); Workforce (allowing union/trades representatives to teach classes specific to their trades, and allowing professionals to teach classes specific to their profession without a teaching license); and Mental Health, Health, and School Safety (updates to bullying statutes, updating sex education statutes, and funding for critical equipment/systems).

Trustees added items to the Student Learning section regarding examining student assessments in more depth and exploring removing unnecessary tasks for schools and classrooms (including some reporting). The Workforce section passed as is, as well as the Mental Health, Health, and School Safety section.

Trustees approved a new section in the Neutral stance, Governance and Transparency, and moved the audit of CCSD finances including ESSER funds (originally under the Neutral stance) to Support; added bullet points for state infrastructure within the Nevada Department of Education and potentially auditing other education entities throughout the state. Trustees also added an item under Student Learning to support ensure additional state-level support, including funding, for students with IEPs.  

Trustees also approved the items outlined in the Oppose section, including efforts to reconstitute the organization of large school districts, unfunded mandates, and measures that undermine the acceleration of student learning in schools.

Explore the 2023 Legislative Platform.

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Guest teacher trainings and pay scale
  • Matching salaries
  • Bullying
  • Support staff hiring and rehiring processes
  • Staffing at Centennial High School
  • College and career readiness
  • Teachers’ health insurance
  • Special education student safety and academic concerns

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for October 27, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Washoe County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The Washoe County School District Board of 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.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees.

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Tuesdays) at 2 pm both virtually and at the Central Administration Building Board Room, 425 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings.

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 or via email. Email comments should be submitted to publiccomments@washoeschools.net. 


Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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Watch the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Item 2.06 – Possible Action for the Board of Trustees to use the office of the general counsel to represent WCSD Board of Trustees for open meeting law purposes, was pulled for discussion and approved on a separate vote.

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Received a Presentation on the Use of Pinyon Public Strategies for Strategic Consultation and Government Relations Services

Trustees received a presentation on the use of Pinyon Public Strategies, which will provide strategic consultations and government relations services to WCSD for the 2023 legislative session, working closely with the Office of General Counsel to monitor potential legal impacts of proposed legislation. This contract will be in place of a full-time staff member.

Explore the agreement.

Trustees Approved a Bid to Demolish and Abate Various Buildings at Debbie Smith Career and Technical Education Academy High School

Trustees approved the award of Bid #23-09-B-08-DA for the demolition and abatement of various building at Debbie Smith Career and Technical Education Academy High School to Integrated Demolition and Remediation Inc. for $7.6 million.

Explore the bid tabulation and contract.

Trustees Approved Forensic Analytical Consulting Services for Project Management and Oversight for Site Demolition and Abatement of Various Buildings at the Debbie Smith Career and Technical Academy High School

Trustees approved Forensic Analytical Consulting Services to provide environmental health consulting services, project management, and project oversight during the demolition and abatement activities impacting asbestos-containing materials and lead-containing paints as part of Debbie Smith CTE Academy High School, for $197,710.

Explore the agreement.

Trustees Heard an Update on the Creation of the New Position of Associate Chief of Teaching and Learning, Specialized Instruction

After several months meeting with students, families, and staff members, the Superintendent recommended spitting the current role of one of the Area Superintendents (Area 5 & Special Education) into two separate positions: Area Superintendent (Area 5) and a new position, Associate Chief of Teaching and Learning, Specialized Instruction, to provide more personalized, dedicated service to students, families, and schools. The creation of this position will be funded in FY 2022-2023 General Fund contingency account, and through the General Fund in future years.

A more comprehensive set of recommendations will be given to the Board in December.

Explore the Superintendent’s Entry Plan and the presentation.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative’s report highlights included:

  • The first Student Advisory meeting of the year, with recruitment underway for additional members

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Several school visits, as well as specialty programs for adult learners
  • Attending a conference relating to homelessness and children in transition
  • A district school earning an Edward Murrow Award for student reporting
  • Upcoming town halls with the superintendent and creating relationships with city officials and other community stakeholders
  • Attending the NIAA annual meeting
  • Attending meetings with teacher leaders

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • 40+ community, staff, and student meetings convening in the Superintendent’s first three months
  • Diedrichsen Elementary School teacher Connie Hall being awarded the 2023 Nevada Teacher of the Year
  • Full transportation services returning to the district

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Accountability with student achievement
  • Memberships in 501c6 advocacy organizations
  • Student data collection
  • Individual Education Programs
  • Special education staff shortages
  • School counselor caseloads
  • Educator and support staff shortages

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for October 25, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, October 6, 2022

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

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Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • No public comment was provided during this time.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R132-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for and approved Regulation #R132-22, establishing requirements governing the enrollment of certain children who are admitted to a mental health facility, including parameters and regulations for a student who may or may not be enrolled in a public school when that student is admitted to a mental health facility.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R136-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R136-22, revising provisions relating to counting attendance and enrollment of students. Changes include additional definitions of instructional days and periods, school quarters, and chronic absenteeism; reporting and coding of absences; and clarifying when a student is considered withdrawn from a school.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R143-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R136-22, establishing certain requirements for the Handle with Care program, including maintaining confidentiality, training, and plans for data security.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Temporary Regulation #T003-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Temporary Regulation #T003-22, revising the Pupil-Centered Funding Plan’s definition of “at-risk pupil” to a pupil that “has an economic or academic disadvantage such that they require additional services and assistance to enable them to graduate with their cohorts. The term includes, without limitation, pupils who are members of economically disadvantaged families, pupils who are at risk of dropping out of high school, and pupils who do not meet minimum standards of academic proficiency.” It also specifies that the definition of “at-risk” does not include pupils with a disability, pupils also designated as gifted and talented, or pupils who are English Learners.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R146-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R146-22, revising certain provisions governing career and technical education programs, including that a school district or governing body of a charter school shall have advisory technical skills committees to consult with regularly on the program, and removing language regarding district size.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for Regulation #R147-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R147-22, revising provisions regarding adult high school programs and revising certain provisions regarding the award of an adult standard diploma. The revisions include specifying the age for the program and criteria to earn an adult high school diploma.

The board tabled approving this regulation, and Staff will be revising language to incorporate a transition period between when credits shift from full credit to half credit as specified on the revised regulations.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R159-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R159-22, revising the requirements of certain licensed teachers to complete training or professional development, revising the duties and responsibilities of certain licensed teachers and replacing an obsolete term. The revisions include what training a literacy specialist shall complete and roles and responsibilities of a literary specialist.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for Temporary Regulation #T005-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #T005-22, prescribing the minimum score a pupil must attain on an end-of-course final to receive credit for that course. The regulations would lower the currently required 20% of a student’s final course grade to 5%, and would remove the Math II, Integrated Math III, and ELA II exams from being administered in the 2022-2023 school year. Only Math I, Integrated Math I, and ELA I-Reading Comprehension EOC assessments would be administered.

This item was pulled from the agenda and will be resubmitted for a public hearing and possible approval at a later date.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Public Comment #2

  • No public comment was provided during this time.

Recess

Public Comment #3

  • Communities in Schools’ partnership and new sites

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • The 2022 Superintendent of the Year was awarded to Dr. Summer Stephens of Churchill County.
  • The new National Assessment of Educational Progress Data has been released. More information on Nevada-specific data will be presented at a future meeting.
  • The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is the 3-8th grade standardized assessment. There have been additional communications and context provided to parents and families on process, improvement, and engagement tools and techniques.
  • State Public Charter School Authority Board Appointment has a vacancy. Applications close on 10/20 and will be reviewed at the Board’s November meeting.
  • Regent Arrascada presented a Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents report. Highlights included 20,000+ awards conferred from NSHE, and a partnership with the Department of Education on career and technical education and dual enrollment programs. NSHE’s submitted budget includes workforce development capacity building, as well as addressing teacher shortages.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Two Nevada schools were recognized as national Blue Ribbon Schools: Gibbons Elementary School and Drake Elementary School.
  • Community in Schools opened a center at Von Tobel Middle School.
  • The Department is partnering with WestEd to launch the Nevada Learning Network Conference.
  • Final 2022 Commission on School Funding will publish its report in November.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Explore the consent agenda items.

Board Received an Update from Workforce Connections

Workforce Connections assists adults, dislocated workers, and youth with basic career services and training, supportive services, and placement services. For employers, the agency provides workforce development assistance, busines plans, and financial tools.

It has several industry-sector partnerships that help K-12 youth get exposed to career pipelines, educating families on career opportunities, externships, mentorships, and sponsorships. It also hosts the CCSD Workforce Fellows, which provides immersion into information about Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligibility and services, site visits and meetings for youth providers, and partnerships with local chambers, community colleges, and employment resources. It also works with the Department of Juvenile Justice Services Promise Fellows, which operate in eight locations.

Workforce Connections also recently introduced the first EmployNV Youth Hub and Teen Zone at the West Charleston Library, with the goal of exposing youth to well-paying careers while providing them with 1-on-1 assistance with goal planning.

Explore the Workforce Connections presentation.

Board Discussed the College and Career Ready (CCR) High School Assessment RFP

The Board voted to reject the original CCR RFP recommendation and reopen the bidding process in its last meeting. During the presentation at this meeting, a revised process was outlined, including providing feedback and recommendations on a draft survey for public comment, a new public comment period, the NDE providing an update to the State Board regarding survey responses, and the State Board of Education providing feedback and recommendations on the draft RFP, rubric, and list of entities for review committee.

The Board provided feedback on several items on the CCR assessment stakeholder survey, including mentioning a “nationally recognized college entrance assessment,” ensuring the survey is approachable to different users, accessibility across devices, adding in questions regarding career readiness, and ensuring student perspectives are represented.

The Board will report feedback to staff by October 11, and a group of board members will work with staff to finalize the survey.

Explore the presentation and the survey draft.

Board Discussed Its Position Statement for the Upcoming Legislative Session

At its last meeting, the Board proposed putting forth a position statement from the Board of Education to the Legislature to stress the importance and need for additional funding to the Nevada education system, and to address the need for that additional funding as a cohesive document. It reviewed a draft of that statement, including needs for education recruitment, training, and retention; pre-kindergarten programs; educator support; and physical and technological infrastructure.

Trustees discussed the approach and content of the statement, including more specificity for outcomes and accountability, as well as strategies to continue outreach to constituents and stakeholders and unifying messaging. A second group of stakeholders will rework and refine the position statement.

Explore the draft position statement.

Future Agenda Items

Future agenda items will include the SPCSA board appointment, Commission on School Funding report (December), a joint meeting with the NSHE Board of Regents in early 2023, test scores and Nevada data, and an exploration of the term “at-risk” and how the term is applied to weights, especially after the public hearing revising the definition earlier in the meeting.

The 2023 State Board of Education meeting schedule has been posted.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subject:

  • State agency and school district memberships in 501c6 advocacy organizations

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2022.


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 09/01/22

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Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, September 1, 2022

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • College and Career Readiness RFP assessment process
  • Educator and other staff vacancies

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Applications and nominations are open for the 2023 Recognizing Inspirational School Employees Award. Nominations close September 19, 2022, and awardees will be recognized in October.
  • The President welcomed new board member Joseph Arrascada, who will be the Nevada System of Higher Education representative on the Board.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Deputy Superintendent Jessica Todtman is transitioning out of her current role. Dr. Seng-Dao Yang-Keo has transitioned to the Washoe County School District. Craig Statucki is the new Interim Deputy Superintendent for Educator Effectiveness, and Dr. Jose Silva will serve as the new Chief Strategy Officer.
  • There will be a meeting to discuss possible updates to the Pupil-Centered Funding Plan Update on September 2, at 9:00 a.m. The group is currently finalizing recommendations and will publish those findings by November 15. Auxiliary services, inflation, Nevada cost of education index, funding for virtual schools, and dual enrollment are part of the discussion.
  • The Interim Legislative Committee on Education met this week and discussed several items, including teacher recruitment and retention, Career and Technical Education dual credit pilots for underserved students, capacity building for social-emotional supports and mental health, expansion of school psychologist training programs, addressing chronic absenteeism, pre-K ages, wraparound services for apprenticeship programs, and competency-based education, among others.
  • Information regarding the End of Course Assessment Regulation Workshop will be brought to the October 6 Board meeting.
  • Two recipients were awarded the Early Childhood Educator of the Year honors, based on a nomination, application, and interview process: Carl Estevan from UNLV/CSUN Preschool, and Bonnie Toth from Kids Co-op Preschool.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

The FY22 Quarter 3 Class Size Reduction Report was pulled from the consent agenda and will be heard at the October board meeting.

Board Discussed an Update on the Work of the Commission on Professional Standards in Education

The Board received a summary of the Commission on Professional Standards in Education’s (COPS) 2021 Report, and an overview of ongoing efforts to ensure equitable and high-quality pathways to licensure. The Department is researching best practices for alternate licensure pathways, and is soliciting stakeholders to take part in a work group on implementation of these pathways.

The Commission also made regulations that supported accelerated pathways for educator and school psychology candidates to complete student teaching and internship requirements for licensure, as well as regulations that determine continuing education requirement for school counselors and school psychologists, with public hearings expected for both this fall. Several other regulations on items, including renewal requirements, English Language Acquisition coursework, exam requirements for occupational and physical therapists, and field experiences for paraprofessionals and interns, are pending public hearing. The Commission is also exploring reciprocity to streamline licensure for out-of-state and active duty licensees.

COPS held a special meeting in July to request the Governor take emergency action to address educator workforce shortages for the 2022-2023 school year. Governor Sisolak recently signed emergency action to give the Superintendent authority to extend certain provisional licenses (impacting about 600 educators), and reduced licensure fees for substitute and emergency substitute teachers.

Explore the presentation and the 2021 annual report.

Board Discussed an Update on the Work of the Holocaust and Other Genocides Subcommittee

The subcommittee explored what is occurring in Holocaust and other genocide instruction, how such instruction could be enhanced, and recommendations to the Board for resources, professional learning, and possible legislative recommendations.

Currently occurring are regional conferences and learning opportunities both in-person and in virtual settings, including a Holocaust education panel at UNLV, and LEA-specific professional learning. Potential enhancements include developing a needs assessment survey on demographics, resources currently being used and what would be valuable to supporting instructions; building supports for educators, families, and students; curating resources and developing crosswalks of ELA, fine arts, and social studies to address the Holocaust and other genocides; and developing on-demand professional learning modules. Legislative recommendations will be discussed during the subcommittee’s September 8 meeting.

Explore the presentation.

Board Rejected a Recommendation of the College and Career Ready (CCR) High School Assessment RFP Process

The Board reviewed the presentation on the College and Career Ready (CCR) High School Assessment RFP process and the resulting recommendation, previously given at the July 2022 Board meeting. The RFP sought a qualified vendor to administer a CCR assessment to all students enrolled in Grade 11, including development, delivery, administration, scoring, and reporting services. The initial term is four years, from FY 2023-2026, with an option to extend into FY 2027-2028.

Four vendors responded (Data Recognition Corporation, Pearson Education, ACT, and The College Board), and an evaluation committee with representatives from Douglas, Clark, and Washoe County School Districts, Carson City School District, the Nevada Department of Education, and the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation reviewed all responses using criteria in demonstrated competence, conformance with the terms of the RFP, cost, experience in comparable engagements, and expertise.

The Committee’s recommendation was to award Data Recognition Corporation and its Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC) to move forward with the vendor selection process.  Since the meeting, concerns have been voiced about equity, as the ACT is currently offered at no cost to all students, as well as the post-secondary accessibility opportunities of the ACT.

The Board voted to reject this RFP recommendation and reopen the bidding process.

Explore the recommendation presentation and RFP from July’s board meeting, as well as the final score summary and evaluator comments.

Board Discussed the 82nd Legislative Session

The Board proposed putting forth a position statement from the Board of Education to the Legislature to stress the importance and need for additional funding to the Nevada education system.

Discussion about the adequacy of funding plans, funding gaps needed to ensure adequate and optimal funding, and involving stakeholder groups, such as school districts, municipalities, and business organizations, followed. Staff will draft a statement with input from the Board; that statement will be brought to the Board for approval at its October 6 meeting.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R066-22 – Creating Regulatory Language for the Requirements of Minutes in a School Day in Session for Kindergarten (NAC 387.131)

The Board held a public hearing on and approved Regulation #R066-22, increasing the requirement of kindergarten in-session minutes from 120 to 240 minutes per day.

Explore the regulation language and public hearing materials here.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R068-22 – Prescribing Requirements With Which a Recipient of a Grant to Fund a Prekindergarten Program Must Comply (NRS 387.652)

The Board held a public hearing on and approved Regulation #R068-22, which added a new section to detail requirements of a recipient of a grant for a prekindergarten program, including collaborating with providers of community-based services to meet the needs of families of pupils; health care screenings; referrals for services and resources; maintaining records; creating and implementing a system to assess progress; and administering an annual survey to evaluate each family’s experience with the program.

Explore the regulation language and public hearing materials here.

Future Agenda Items

Future agenda items will include an update on workforce development and follow-up from the College and Career Readiness Assessment RFP agenda item. The student board representative will obtain feedback from peers on future topics students may want to have discussed at upcoming meetings. A potential joint meeting of the Nevada System of Higher Education and the Nevada State Board of Education may be scheduled on October 14, 2022.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subject:

  • Use of the ACT as the standardized high school CCR assessment

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022.


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 08/25/22

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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.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees
Click here to find your Trustee District

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).

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings and agendas
Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar

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, August 25, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding:

  • IEP concerns
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) scholarship programs
  • Playground accessibility and special education status
  • Educator concerns regarding retaliation
  • High school enrollment
  • Early teacher retirement incentive program suspension
  • Student discipline
  • Teacher retention
  • Traffic safety concerns on College Dr. and Wagonwheel Dr.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (7-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Discussed Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan Update on Chronic Absenteeism

Staff presented an update on chronic absenteeism with reporting from the 2021-2022 school year. These numbers are not yet validated but will be done so by September 15, 2022. The District’s overall chronic absenteeism rate at 39.8% for the 2021-22 school year, against a target of 16.9%. Identified challenges include distance education and absence reporting, and identified successes include supportive partners on reducing absenteeism, targeted support during school closure, and consistent public reporting. Next steps include differentiated attendance reporting professional learning and Truancy Prevention Outreach Program renewal in August 2022.

Explore the presentation.

Learn more from the Las Vegas Review-Journal on this agenda item.

Trustees Accepted the Report on the Proposed State Public Charter School Authority Sponsored Public Charter Schools for the 2022 Annual Application Cycle

The State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA) notifies the Department of Education and the local school district when they receive a notice of intent to submit an application or an application. The SPCSA submitted four applications for its annual application cycle for CCSD’s review: Mind Your Books (Grades K-8), Rooted School – Clark County (Grades 9-12), Southern Nevada Trades High School (Grades 9-12), and The Village High School (Grades 9-12).

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved Two Bill Draft Requests for the 2023 Legislative Session

CCSD is able to submit two Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) ahead of the 2023 Legislative Session. These requests must be submitted to the Legislative Counsel Bureau by September 1, 2022. Trustees discussed several topics for possible BDRs, including eliminating Student Learning Growth submissions for teachers, addressing teacher shortages, creating a district-wide Social Emotional Learning peer support program, changing sex education statutes for instruction to be opt-out rather than opt-in, implementation of various school safety measures, and establishing standards and qualifications for education-related oversight boards.

Trustees approved addressing the statewide teacher shortage through improving wages and working conditions, nationwide license reciprocity, paid application fees, higher education pipeline program funding, etc. as a BDR topic for the 2023 Legislative Session on a 7-0 vote. Trustees then approved to establish standards and qualifications for all education-related oversight boards, such as school board trustees and the Board of Regents, as the second BDR topic for the 2023 Legislative Session, on a 4-3 vote.

Explore the potential bill draft requests.

Trusteed Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the 2022 Medium-Term Bond Authorization Resolution (7-0)

Trustees conducted a public hearing on and approved the 2022 Medium-Term Bond Authorization Resolution, authorizing the sale and issuance of medium-term obligations in an amount not to exceed $35,000,000 to finance all or a portion of the cost of acquiring, improving, and equipping school facilities.

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Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Board transparency
  • Parent engagement

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for September 8, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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