Nevada Ed-Watch: 11/17/22

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.

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, November 17, 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 (7-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Joint Meeting with the Audit Advisory Committee

Trustees Received a Presentation of the Annual Independent Auditor’s Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2022

Representatives from Eide Bailly presented the annual Independent Auditor’s Report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2022. Highlights included:

  • Auditor’s issued an unmodified opinion, which is the highest level of assurance that financial materials are correct and can be relied upon.
    • The Government Auditing Standards report showed no material weaknesses or significant deficiencies.
    • The Compliance report did not find any non-compliance.
    • Uniform Guidance on Major Federal Programs report yielded an unmodified opinion and did not identify any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses.
    • The Schedule of Expenditures showed a healthier financial position trend year-over-year.
  • The reserves (fund balance) have increased to almost $113M, or 4% of expenditures and restricted funds now total around $207M.
  • Revenues were around $30M less than budget, due to decreases in enrollment and investment income. CCSD holds investments to maturity, however, and will not be selling them at a loss. It is expecting to earn about 2% on those investments.
  • Spend was about $191M less than budget, mostly due to staff vacancies and supply chain carry-over.
  • Total expenditures were around $260M lower in totality, again due to staff shortages and timing of spends that were delayed by supply chain backlogs.
  • CCSD is the largest employer in Clark County (over 40,000 employees), with most in the instructional unit.
  • Cost-per-pupil spend continues to trend upward, while student-to-teacher ratio is trending downward.

Explore the report and the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report.

Trustees Approved the Independent Auditor’s Narrative Report of Recommendations and District Responses to Recommendations for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2022, and Independent Auditor’s Statements on NRS Compliance (7-0)

Trustees approved to accept CCSD’s responses to the independent auditor’s recommendations for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2022. The written responses and narrative will be incorporated by reference into the minutes, and the report will be filed as per NRS 354.625. Trustees also accepted the auditor’s statements on NRS compliance, including any necessary corrective actions. These will also be transmitted and filed. 

The report found CCSD to be fully compliant in all areas.

Explore the narrative report.

Trustees Approved the Authorization to Include the Recap of Budget Appropriation Transfers between Governmental Functions of all Funds for the Period from July 1, 2021 – June 20, 2022, in Official Board Minutes (7-0)

Trustees approved authorizing inclusion of the recap of budget appropriations transfers from fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021 – June 20, 2022), in official board minutes.

Explore the recap of budget appropriation transfers.

Public Comment on Items Not Listed on Action Items of the Agenda of the Joint Meeting

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Suggestions on how to better shift spending to the staff level, and general comments on compliance

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

  • Changes to public comment and engagement with the Board
  • Issues with late busses and inability to track some busses
  • Suggestion on dress code compliance

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

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Nevada Ed-Watch 11/16/20

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.

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. While all meetings are typically held at the Edward A. Greer Education Center (Board Room): 2832 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121, all meetings are now held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

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. 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.


Monday, November 16, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting Joint Meeting with Audit Advisory Committee

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

No members of the public submitted comments. 

Trustees Approved Independent Audit Report Responses 

Trustees and the Audit Advisory Committee held a joint meeting in order to review the completed annual audit of CCSD’s finances and financial controls for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. Following an overview of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report offered by CCSD Chief Financial Officer Jason Goudie, Trustees heard the independent auditor’s review. The audit, conducted by Eide Bailly, includes a review of financial statements, internal controls over financial reporting and compliance with laws, regulations, and grant agreements. There were no relevant issues or deficiencies identified by the auditors related to the management of funds or compliance by the district. 

Trustees approved the acceptance of the independent auditor’s statements as well as the  district’s response to the independent auditor’s informal recommendations. 

Click here to view the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. 
Click here to view the Independent Auditor Summary of Reports. 
Click here to view the Independent Auditor Report & CCSD’s responses. 

Trustees Approved Budget Appropriation Transfers Summary 

On a monthly basis throughout the year, Trustees approve budget appropriation transfers. Budget appropriation transfers are necessary when money designated for a category of funds is transferred to a different category of funds. Once per year, a summary of all transfers are combined to be submitted to the public record. Trustees approved the annual summary of transfers. 

Click here to view the summary of transfers.


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Nevada Ed-Watch 6/11/20

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.

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 5pm at the Edward A. Greer Education Center (Board Room): 2832 E. Flamingo Road, 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. 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, June 11, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Special Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, and rather an oral summary of each comment was provided to Trustees.

Click here to view public comment on agenda items. 

Click here to view public comment on non-agenda items. 

Board Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights: 

  • Amendments to Rainbow Dreams Academy charter contract to remove grades 1-8 and transition to a Pre-K and kindergarten only. Trustees and staff discussed ensuring accountability measures are in place for this new school configuration. 
  • Membership to the Council of Great City Schools. Trustees expressed their support for continuing the partnership and will be addressing communication concerns trustees have brought forward. (Vote: 6-0-1)

Board Appointed an Audit Advisory Committee Member

The board approved the reappointment of Joshua Robinson to the CCSD Audit Advisory Committee. The purpose of this committee is to advise the Board in strengthening accountability for the efficient stewardship of public funds; providing a communication link between external and internal auditors and the Board of Trustees; enhancing transparency of the District’s financial operations; and improving public trust in the honesty and integrity of public officials.

Board Approved Notices of Intent to Update Policies 

Final policies will be brought before the board at the July 25th CCSD Board of Trustees meeting. 

Policies that will be updated include:

GP-5: Board Officers 

GP-7 Vice President’s Role

GP-9 Meeting Planning

GP-10 Construction of Agenda 

Policy 6165: Programs and Services for English Language Learner Students 

Board Approved MOA with the Clark County Educators Association (CCEA)

The MOA is related to the implementation of school improvement grants,  and provides pay for additional teacher minutes at El Dorado HS and Bailey Middle school. 

Click here to view the MOA.

Board Reviewed the CCSD 2021 Legislative Platform 

CCSD Staff presented a draft legislative platform for the district, which includes topics specific to School Funding, Improved Learning Environments, and School Safety & Mental Health. Highlights from the platform include: 

  • Preserving the weighted funding formula  
  • Opposing all unfunded mandates 
  • Collaborating with the state to invest in digital learning 
  • Identifying opportunities to address and diversify the teacher pipeline 

Trustees discussed the necessity to ensure that public education is adequately funded in Nevada, including communication from the governor’s office on impacts to the budget due to revenue shortfalls from COVID. Other topics that trustees proposed for consideration in the platform include: adjustments to the reorganization of the district (AB469),  consideration of technology related to workforce and school building security.  

Trustees Heard Updates about the District’s Response to COVID-19

COVID response update highlights:

  • 3.5 million meals have been served, and USDA is extending waivers through the summer. 
  • From the time of school building closures through the end of the school year, 4,370 students were not successfully reached. Approximately 2/3 of those students not reached identify as Black or Hispanic. 
  • CCSD released a survey for the community to provide input on what should be prioritized for the reopening of schools. Approximately 94,000 responses were received from community members, teachers, students, and central office staff. 
  • Reopening Plan: Working groups have met and provided input to inform the initial school reopening plan. Currently, school department heads and subject matter experts are using input collected from the working groups to refine the plan. Unit chiefs will then present recommendations to the superintendent and cabinet for input. The final plan is expected to be presented to the board at the July 25th meeting, and is required to be available for the public no less than 20 days before the first day of school. 
    • Trustees discussed looking to other districts to understand how their reopening is impacting staff and students. Additionally, trustees discussed ensuring that feedback from educators is closely taken into consideration as plans are finalized. 
    • Trustees and Superintendent  Jara also discussed needing to connect with the Governor’s office and Nevada Department of Education to ensure  they are receiving information in a timely manner. 

Superintendent Jara’s prepared statement:

Click here to read about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. 

Superintendent Communications

Superintendent Jara welcomed Sarah Cyprus, the new principal of Treem Elementary.


Requests for Future Agenda Items:

  • Detailed presentation on data related to CCSD Police policies and data about excessive force, including the use of pepper spray on campus.
  • Information about how Trustees will be updated on the work of the Nevada Department of Education Reopening Committee.

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