Nevada Ed-Watch 12/12/19

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, December 12, 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:

  • Support for the current principal at Bracken Elementary 
  • Concerns about the current principal at Bracken Elementary 
  • Concerns about the reallocation of Title II funds from the AVID college readiness program to educator professional development 
  • Concerns about recent events at Canyon Springs High School 
  • Concerns about how the Superintendent’s performance evaluation was conducted

Trustees Heard Presentations on Focus 2024 Student Success and Teachers, Principals, and Staff Goals

The board heard a presentation about progress towards the remediation, career and technical education, and International Baccalaureate goals outlined in the Focus 2024 Plan (summarized below). 

Student Success Priority Area 3: Increase access and equity to rigorous curriculum and instruction for all students.

Click here to see the presentation

Click here to see the supplementary materials 

Student Success Priority Area 4: Ensure students and staff are safe and students are engaged at school

Click here to see the presentation.

Click here and here to see supplementary materials.

Teachers, Principals, and Staff Priority Area 1: Ensure all students have access to highly effective teachers, administrators, and school staff

Trustees Approved a Professional Service Agreement with Teach For America Las Vegas (5-1)

Teach For America Las Vegas (TFA) contracts with CCSD to provide 100 teachers per year to high-need schools within the district. Trustees discussed the need to prioritize recruitment and retention of all teachers in the district. 

Click here to see the contract. 

Trustees Adopted the 2019-2020 Amended Final Budget 

Amended Budget Highlights: 

  • 87% of the CCSD budget is dedicated to employee salaries and benefits
  • Student enrollment decreased in the 2019-2020 school year, and it is anticipated that student enrollment will continue to decrease in the 2020-2021 school year
  • Regulation 3110 requires the District to have a 2% unassigned ending fund balance. CCSD has an ending fund balance of 1.75% for 2019, and anticipates a 2% ending fund balance for 2020. This will be the first time CCSD is in compliance with this regulation in over 10 years. 
  • There was an increase of $81 per pupil in the Distributive Schools Account (DSA) for 2019 and there will be an additional increase of $286 per pupil for 2020 school year. 
  • Total 2019 per pupil revenue was $7,384, and 2020 total per pupil revenue will be $7,712.

Click here to see the presentation

Trustees Adopted New Regulations

The following regulations were adopted:

Trustee Reports: 

  • Trustees attended HOPE Squad Training, a new suicide prevention protocol, at Bob Miller Middle School.
  • Trustees and Superintendent Jara attended the UNLV Summit on Education.
  • Trustees congratulated  Ruben P. Diaz Elementary School for being designated as a National Distinguished School.
  • CCSD is engaging in a partnership to implement a program to prevent opioid addiction.

Requests for Future Agenda Items:

  • Update on the decision-making process for moving funds away from the AVID college readiness program

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