Nevada Ed Watch 4/11/19

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.

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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.

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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, April 11, 2019

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided testimony to Trustees regarding:

  • Concerns about accountability and actions needed to address the alleged racially-motivated threats at at Arbor View. This included requests for implicit bias training, evaluating the student expulsion process, and ensuring student, teacher, and family voices are heard. Click here to read about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Superintendent Jara responded with updates on actions taken, which included offering free counseling to Arbor View students and staff, and selecting the National Equity Project to provide implicit bias training for staff beginning this month. Additional updates included:

  • Ensuring the students who made the threats will not be returning to Arbor View.
  • Working with the appropriate agencies to allow any student to transfer schools without affecting their involvement in sports.
  • Increasing security monitoring at the school campus.
  • Reviewing the current code of student conduct, to include adding a parental notification procedure for victims of incidents.
  • Sharing data with the community related to all racial incidents on campus (to be published on the CCSD website).

Trustees Unanimously Approve the Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights:

  • Establish and Operate and Air Force JROTC Unit.
  • Partnering with WestED to create an Early Warning Indicator Dashboard to identify and support students who may be at risk of disengaging from school, not making regular grade progress, or not graduating from high school.
  • Golden Knights Academy Hockey Program to implement hockey into CCSD physical curriculum, which will provide:
    • Hockey training & curriculum to all CCSD elementary, middle, and junior high school physical education teachers
    • One set of street hockey equipment for all CCSD elementary, middle, and junior high schools.
      Click here to see the agreement.

Trustees Hear Legislative Updates

Trustees heard a presentation on legislation that CCSD is tracking. Updating the Nevada funding formula is recognized as CCSD’s top legislative priority.

Click here to see all the presented updates.

Trustees Heard About Protocol for Communication of School Threats

In response to the alleged racial threats at Arbor View, Trustees heard a presentation on the current process for communicating school threats with school principals, district leaders, parents, Trustees, and the media. Trustees showed concern about a process to differentiate communications based on the severity of the threat.

Click here to see the presentation.

Potential Future Agenda Items

  • Discuss the costs, implementation, and timeline of the National Equity Project implicit bias training
  • Discuss active suicide prevention programs in middle and high schools and ways to be more proactive
  • Review the protocol for assessing school threats, and possibly make policy changes
  • Discuss transportation issues and communicating to parents when busses arrive late
  • Modify the dress code policy
  • Connect Trustees to cultural competency and diversity training

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