Nevada Ed-Watch 3/25/21

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 Las Vegas Academy of the Arts High School, Lowden Theater: 875 E. Clark Avenue Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101

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 submitted by email 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, March 25, 2021

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 commented in-person, through voice recorded messages, and written public comment on non-agenda items regarding: 

  • Concerns about the health and safety of teachers and specialists returning to school buildings
  • Concerns that an agreement for specialists that facilitate Art, Music, Library, P.E., S.T.E.A.M., etc. is not being honored by CCSD 
  • Concerns that specialists are not being allowed to follow an MOA to teach in their content areas
  • Concerns that the district’s policy of random, mandatory COVID-19 testing limits access to testing for some staff
  • Concerns about employee morale
  • Concerns that an anti-racism and anti-bias policy has not been added to a CCSD Trustee meeting agenda
  • The need to address racial issues and restoration in West Las Vegas 
  • Support for the Nevada Legislature and Trustees to take action on anti-racism policies
  • The need for suicide prevention in the community
  • Concerns that the district is billing Medicaid for services to students that have not been rendered, and a request for an audit on Medicaid billing

Click here & here to view public comments submitted online.

Trustees Approved Consent Agenda With Adjustments

Trustees approved the consent agenda (6-0) with the deletion of agenda item 3.03 regarding Professional Services: Title IV, Part A Grant, Nevada Department of Education. One trustee was not present to vote.

Consent Agenda Highlights: 

  • Addendum to the Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and Eye Care 4 Kids to extend access to school-based vision services to siblings under 18 years of age who reside with students enrolled in CCSD
  • Authorization to accept additional grant funding for The Social Workers in Schools grant project in the amount of $3,451,747.57 from the Nevada Department of Education to provide added social work and mental health support services to schools for a total grant amount of $17,193,033.37 
  • Purchase awards totaling $2,151,531.32
  • Authorization to extend the Contract for Services for Thunder Road Productions/Commercial Talent Agency to host 20 episodes of the Vegas PBS series Outdoor Nevada 

Trustees Heard Update on 2021 Budget 

The 2021 Amended Final Budget forecast has not changed since the Board was last updated at the February meeting. The forecast focuses on the ending fund balance which indicates CCSD’s anticipated reserves. Additional budget updates include:

  • Revenues have declined due to a decrease in enrollment and this has been taken into consideration for the budget.
  • CCSD is experiencing significant savings in all areas, including payroll, supplies, and services. This is primarily in school budgets–school carryover supplies, service level agreements (SLAs), and vacancy savings are now anticipated to be approximately just over $200 million in restricted fund balance.
  • The potential revenue shortfall due to lower than anticipated costs throughout the year is approximately $43.3 million. 
  • The unassigned fund balance is still at $54.3 million which is 2.25% of the revenues.

The district still anticipates significant fiscal impacts due to the pandemic. Uncertainties related to COVID-19’s impact on the budget persevere, including possible impacts of a recession and enrollment uncertainties. State funding reductions have been incorporated into the budget for this year, with additional anticipated changes going into next year.

CCSD has been allocated approximately $374 million through ESSER II federal funding. The district is working to prioritize the use of those funds in anticipation of any funding changes from the state as well as address additional needs related to COVID-19 and reopening schools.

CCSD has not received a final allocation for the newest round of federal funding through the American Rescue Act. Trustees will be provided with an update when more information on those funds becomes available.

Click here to view the budget update presentation.

Board Heard Update on Proposed Charter Schools

Trustees heard a briefing on the collaborative efforts between the State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA) and CCSD. The genesis of this collaborative effort was the passage of Assembly Bill 462 in 2019 which mandates that the SPCSA collaborate with districts in which they are planning to place or expand charter schools. Under the bill, the SPCSA must notify the district when the following occurs:

  • A group of individuals submits an Intent to Apply to become a charter school
  • A group of individuals submits an application to operate a charter school
  • A school that is currently in operation submits a request to the SPCSA to amend its current charter contract

SCPSA assesses proposed schools based on six criteria: Demographics, Academic Geographics, Social-Emotional, Academic Learning Models, Financial Plan, and Successful History. Schools must meet standards in all six categories to receive approval to operate a charter school in Nevada.  In February 2021, SPCSA provided applications to CCSD for review and feedback on the following proposed public charter schools:

  • Battle Born Academy
  • PilotED Schools of Nevada
  • OLAM Academy of Nevada (OLAM Academy has recently withdrawn its application for consideration. CCSD anticipates that OLAM will reapply in one year.)

CCSD will submit its assessment questionnaires back to the SCPSA this month. In April 2021, the SPCSA staff will submit its recommendation to the SCPSA board for their approval or denial of the applications. In May 2021, the SPCSA will notify the public and the Nevada Department of Education regarding its decisions.

Trustees approved a motion (6-0) accepting a recommendation not to approve the proposed charter school applications. One trustee was not present to vote.

Click here to view the presentation.

Trustees Approved Notice of Intent to Amend CCSD Regulation 6150 Regarding Instructional Materials and Services

The CCSD K-12 Literacy and Language Development Department convened a task force representing all regions and Trustee districts to provide recommendations for the amendment of Regulation 6150, which provides guidance on the selection and provision of instructional materials and services. The task force is made up of region superintendents, school associate superintendents, principals, teachers, teacher librarians, and central office staff, including the Office of General Counsel, Human Resources, and the Equity and Diversity Education Committee.

Reasons for amendment of Regulation 6150 include:

  • Clarification of ambiguous language defining instructional materials
  • Better defined procedures for the selection of supplemental textbooks
  • The need to address school library staffing, reporting, and resources as approved in the amendment of CCSD Regulation 6161

Members of the public submitted comment in support of Regulation 6150.

Trustees passed a motion (6-0) to approve the Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 6150. One trustee was not present to vote.

Click here to read the Notice of Intent.
Click here to read public comment on this agenda item.

Board Heard Update on 2021 Legislative Session

As of March 25, 2021, 799 bills have been introduced in the Nevada Legislature, of which CCSD is tracking 265. CCSD staff noted that the deadline for bill introductions has been extended past March 26. By April 9, all bills must pass the committee in the house in which they were introduced. District staff provided an overview of bills that have been introduced in their respective committees: 

  • Senate Bill 102: SB102 changes the date by which a child is required to be five years old to attend kindergarten.
  • Senate Bill 173: SB173 invites schools to submit a plan to address learning loss by offering free summer school to students.
  • Senate Bill 182: SB182 requires P.E. instruction to include activities scientifically shown to reduce obesity.
  • Senate Bill 202: SB202 requires school districts to count credits in computer coding as a foreign language credit.
  • Senate Bill 220: SB220 requires school districts to establish alternative education opportunities for students to receive elective course credits after the state has identified apprenticeship programs that have certain exemptions.
  • Senate Bill 272: SB272 establishes the Nevada Educator Core where NDE will form a database of available tutors to provide in-person or online tutoring for public schools.
  • Assembly Bill 67: AB67 makes some changes to the restorative justice bill passed in 2019.
  • Assembly Bill 194: AB194 seeks to address the timelines for students appealing a suspension or expulsion.
  • Assembly Bill 195: AB195 establishes an English Language Learner Bill of Rights.
  • Assembly Bill 215: AB215 allows a 17-year-old to earn a diploma through adult education if they attended high school for four years but were credit deficient.
  • Assembly Bill 262: AB262 grants in-state tuition for Native American students. 
  • Assembly Bill 265: AB265 provides an alternative route to licensure for the educational administrative pathway.
  • Assembly Bill 319: AB319 allows the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) to enter into a cooperative agreement with CCSD for a pilot program targeting populations in under-resourced communities for expanded opportunities in dual enrollment credit courses.

Trustees engaged in a dialogue with staff members on additional bills, including AB176, AB195, AB265, AB319, and AB364

Board Approves Resolution to Oppose Appointed School Boards

Assembly Bill 255 (2021) seeks to change the method by which the board of school trustees is chosen from an elected method to a hybrid elected and appointed method. Trustees approved a motion 6-0 opposing changes to the method by which the board of trustees is chosen. One trustee was not present to vote.

Click here to read the resolution.
Click here to read public comment on this agenda item.
Click here to read more about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 8/27/20

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, August 27, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda & addendum

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 submitted on agenda items
  • Click here to view public comment submitted on non-agenda items

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Highlights include: 

Trustees Heard a Presentation on Focus 2024 Student Success Measures 

The board heard a presentation on progress towards the Parent and Community Support Objectives outlined in the Focus 2024 Plan (summarized below). 

Parent and Community Support Priority Area 1: Leverage internal resources to help parents/guardians support student achievement and attendance

Parent and Community Support Priority Area 2: Secure strategic external resources and community partners

Parent and Community Support Priority Area 3: Improve trust in and perception of the Clark County School District

Trustees discussed the critical importance of ensuring information is reaching families through modes and platforms that they are comfortable with in a language they can understand. Trustees also discussed the need to ensure community partnerships are sustained throughout distance learning and into recovery. 

Click here to see the Focus 2024 Plan 

Click here to see the presentation 

Trustees Approve Updates to Attendance Zone Advisory Committee (AZAC) Bylaws 

The AZAC provides recommendations to the Board of Trustees on changes to attendance zones for schools. In addition to non-substantive language clean up, updates to the bylaws include adjusted dates for appointments and reappointments, and AZAC member attendance policies. Trustees discussed the need for improved dialogue between members of the AZAC and the community. Additionally, board members discussed the importance of making strong selections for appointees. 

Click here to see the approved bylaws. 

Board Heard Update on Site Based Technology Support Pilot 

The purpose of the pilot program was to research options for technical support funds to be used at schools in order to improve access to technology support services. The pilot utilized teachers to provide technology support to their school community.  CCSD staff has decided to not continue with the pilot, as they found that utilizing licensed teachers for this support was not cost or time effective for teachers, and unduly increased workloads. CCSD will continue to maintain a site based technician model, and will explore utilizing support staff that can receive technical training and be dedicated to technology support.

Trustees discussed the need to ensure that experts are available for site based technicians to leverage as various technology needs arise. 

Click here to see the presentation 

Trustees Approved Legislative Bill Draft Topics (4-3)

Each legislative session, the Clark County School District Trustees may put forward two Bill Draft Requests (BDRs). Based on feedback from the Board at the August 13 meeting, Trustees were presented with the following topics for consideration: 

  • Mental Health Support 
  • Internet Connectivity for Students
  • Prioritizing Staff Efficiencies 
  • Sex Education opt-out 
  • Certified Librarians in Every School 
  • Automated Keycard Entry System 

The board discussed each option, and identified that they should prioritize items that have little or no monetary cost and items that cannot be addressed through either state, district, or school policy. Trustees voted 4-3 to move forward with BDRs related to internet connectivity for students and prioritizing staff efficiencies by minimizing redundancies and unfunded mandates set forth by the Legislature in previous sessions. The vote included a directive to the Superintendent to pursue funding for Suicide Prevention programs to support the mental health needs of students and educators. 

Click here to view the presentation

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

Board Heard Updates from Superintendent Jara: 

  • Superintendent Jara welcomed new principals at Roy Martin Middle School and Aggie Roberts Elementary School 
  • CCSD is working to address communication around the amount of time students are required to attend live instruction. Additionally, CCSD is implementing security features to ensure the digital safety of students and educators engaged in online learning. 

Requests for Agenda items: 

  • Discussion on Canvas implementation, internet connectivity and outages, student access to YouTube, and recording lessons 
  • Information on students that have unenrolled from the district

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Nevada Ed-Watch 7/10/20

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, July 9, 2020

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

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 the following to view posted public comment on agenda items. 

  • Click here to view public comment submitted between July 2 – July 7
  • Click here to view public comment submitted between July 7 – July 8
  • Click here to view public comment submitted between July 8 – July 9
  • Click here to view public comment submitted on July 9 between 10:00AM and 11:00AM
  • Click here to view public comment submitted on July 9 between 11:00AM and 12:00PM

There was no public comment provided on non-agenda items.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights: 

Trustees Approve Continuation of Services with NWEA (5-2)

The services include comprehensive school-based supports to implement the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth assessment to improve student achievement. This approval included acceptance of a private donation of $3.15 million dollars to fund the contract. Trustees discussed the need to review policies for accepting anonymous donations.

Click here to view the supplementary material

Trustees Approved School and Facility Name Updates 

CCSD policy allows for the renaming of school buildings under certain conditions, and allows for the naming of specific facilities within a school building. Trustees approved the following updates:  

  • Renaming of K.O. Knudsen Middle School to K.O. Knudsen Academy of the Arts
  • Renaming of Jo Mackey Elementary School to Jo Mackey iLead Academy for Digital Sciences 
  • Naming of the library at Carroll M. Johnston Middle School: Kelda’s Book Garden
  • Naming of the Community Room 102 at Vegas PBS: Yao Yuan Sze Community Room
  • Naming of the administrative office at Moapa Valley High School: Doc and Jean Moses Administrative Office
  • Naming of the cafeteria at C.C. Ronnow Elementary School: Ronaldo Cesa Cafeteria

Trustees Approved Three Year Charter School Site Evaluation Report 

Trustees approved the Three Year Report of Charter School Performance to be submitted to the Nevada Department of Education in compliance with NRS 388A.223. The report includes a summary of academic, financial, and organizational/operational ratings for each CCSD authorized public charter school. 

Click here to view the report 
Click here to view the presentation 

Trustees Approved Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Education Support Employees Association (ESEA)  

The MOA completes negotiations between CCSD and ESEA for the 2019-2021 contract years. Highlights of the MOA include: 

  • CCSD will provide duty-free time for all mandatory training.
  • CCSD will provide new employee information to the union. 
  • Changes to Progressive Discipline to provide that the progressive discipline process may start after the (current) twenty-five (25) day limitation if the infraction is considered to be serious. 

Click here to view the MOA

Trustees Approved CCSD’s 2021 Legislative Platform 

CCSD staff provided Trustees with an updated version of the Legislative Platform that included feedback provided by Trustees at the June 11, 2020 Board Meeting. The approved platform  covers priorities related to school funding, improved learning environments, school safety & mental health. 

Click here to view the approved legislative platform 

Trustees Discussed 2021 Bill Draft Requests

CCSD Trustees are allowed two Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) each regular biennial legislative session. Based on initial input by Trustees, CCSD staff proposed focusing on student mental health supports and internet connectivity. Each BDR proposal included items that will require additional funding. Trustees discussed the plausibility of submitting BDRs that require a fiscal note in a time of economic downturn in Nevada. CCSD staff will present the final bill drafts to trustees for approval at the August 13, 2020 meeting.

Click here to view the presentation

Trustees Heard an Update on the Clark County School Justice Partnership

Trustees were presented with an update on the Social Justice Partnership by the Chief of the Juvenile Division of the office of the Clark County District Attorney. The Clark County School Justice Partnership (SJP), approved August 23, 2018, is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CCSD, the Department of Juvenile Justice Services, and the District Attorney’s Office. The purpose of the SJP is to align multiple agencies in order to minimize student involvement with the juvenile justice system, reduce recidivism rates, and holistically address disproportionate punitive discipline for students of color. 

The SJP has been attributed to a 28% decrease in student arrests and citations and a 70% decrease in juvenile citations since the 2015-2016 school year.

Most common student referrals to the Juvenile Justice:

  1. Habitual truancy 
  2. Disturbing the peace
  3. Loitering on school grounds 
  4. Trespassing 
  5. Minor possession of alcohol 

Most common student offense charges: 

  1. Possession of a dangerous weapon 
  2. Other 
  3. Possession of controlled substance with intent to sell 
  4. Affray (fighting) 
  5. Battery 

Since 2017, charges for marijuana possession have increased by 8%, and obstruction of an officer performing their duty has increased by 55%. 

  • CCSD Staff Training: 1,005 administrators and licensed professionals within CCSD have begun training on implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), a layered framework by which students receive academic and behavioral services based on severity of need. An additional 224 licensed professionals and administrators engaged in training on the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS), the behavior component of MTSS that increases behavior support for students based on severity of need.  Finally, approximately 12,000 school support staff, 16,000 licenced professionals, and 1,000 administrators engaged in implicit bias training. 
  • CCSD School Police Use of Force Policy: CCSD School Police’s use of force policy is guided by Supreme Court case law (Graham v. Connor) which stipulates that use of force is allowable by law enforcement with consideration of (1) the severity of crime, (2) whether there is an immediate threat to officers or others in proximity, or (3) if the suspect is actively resisting or evading arrest. CCSD School Police report that the use of force represents .1% of interactions. A representative of the CCSD School Police noted that officers have never been trained in utilizing chokeholds as a deescalation technique. 

Click here to view the presentation
Click here to view supplementary data
Click here to read about this in The Nevada Current

Trustees Approve CCSD 2020-2021 School Year Reopening Plan 

In order for school to begin as currently scheduled, the Trustees are required to approve a scenario plan for submission to the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) that outlines a framework for reopening. Based on NDE guidelines, the plan must include three specific scenarios for reopening: full distance learning, hybrid-learning, and full in-person learning. Once approved by NDE, the specific scenario will be selected based on the State’s reopening phase set by the Governor, and with consideration of education funding cuts as a result of economic downturn caused by the pandemic. 

Trustees discussed the need for a greater level of detail and clarity around teacher schedules, health & safety measures, food service, and technology access in order to implement any scenario effectively. CCSD staff clarified that school site principals will be provided with the autonomy to make common-sense decisions that support the needs of the school community, including changes to the master schedule and assigning specialists to support the supervision of children. 

Trustees also discussed their discomfort with moving forward with any plan at this time, but recognized that without approval, the district, including building principals, would be significantly behind on the timeline to put plans in place to reopen schools in August. 

A motion to submit an additional plan to NDE alongside the plan presented by staff did not meet state guidelines and was therefore voted down by board members (2-5). 

Trustees unanimously approved the plan presented by CCSD, with the caveat that the plan is preliminary. 

Click here to view the presentation
Click here to view additional information related to CCSD’s Reopening Our Schools Plan 

Click here to read about this in The Nevada Independent
Click here to read about this in The Las Vegas Review-Journal 
Click here to read about this in The Nevada Current 

Trustees Approved 2020-2021 School Year Calendar 

Aligned to the approved reopening scenario plan, Trustees approved the Staff Calendar and Student Calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. Regardless of reopening scenario, staff are expected to begin on August 10th, with students beginning on August 24th. 

Click here to view the staff calendar 
Click here to view the student calendar 


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