The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Nevada.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
What happened at this meeting?
Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda
- Approval of the student behavior manual and implementation report
- Approval of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents for the Path to Independence Program for the 2022-2023 school year
- Approval of the master subscription agreement with Northwest Evaluation Association for the MAP interim assessments and data
Item 2.04, the approval of the student behavior manual and implementation report, was pulled and passed along a separate vote, noting that the item will return to the agenda for periodic updates and discussion as necessary.
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Trustees Adopted Resolution 22-031, Recognizing November 7-11, 2022 as National School Psychology Week
Trustees adopted a resolution that recognized November 7-11, 2022 as National School Psychology Week.
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Trustees Adopted Resolution 22-033, Recognizing November 14-20, 2022 as National Apprenticeship Week
Trustees adopted a resolution that will recognize National Apprenticeship Week from November 14-20, 2022, and the importance of career and technical education.
Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Adopted Resolution 22-032, Authorizing the Issuance of Up To $3.4 Million of Medium-Term Obligations to Acquire School Buses and Other Support Vehicles for the District
Trustees conducted a public hearing on and then adopted Resolution 22-032, which authorizes up to $3.4 million in medium-term general obligations to acquire school buses and other support vehicles and equipment for the district.
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Trustees Discussed and Approved a Process for the Appointment of a Potentially Vacant Position on the Board of Trustees
Trustees discussed and then approved a process to appoint a legally qualified individual to fill a potential vacancy on the Board of Trustees in District E. Dr. Angela Taylor is running for State Assembly, and should she win, she cannot hold more than one elected office at one time, per NRS 281.055. The appointment would run through December 2024.
The Office of the General Counsel and Board Services recommended that a solicitation for applications be placed in the Reno Gazette-Journal and on other news and social media sites, and following the application deadline, the Board would reduce qualified applicants to be interviewed at a special Board meeting on December 6. The finalists would then be voted on by the Board for a decision on the appointment.
Trustees Received a Spotlight Presentation on the Success of Students Attending Florence Drake Elementary School
Trustees received a presentation highlighting Florence Drake Elementary School, one of Nevada’s Blue Ribbon schools for this year. Several students and staff participated in the presentation. The school’s focuses include Math Claim 1: concepts and procedures, speaking on ACCESS, family engagement, bringing back family nights, and ‘school within a school’ classrooms.
Board Received an Update on the Progress and Schedule for the District-Wide Facility Modernization Plan
Trustees received an update on the Facility Modernization Plan, following a series of community forums, analyzing existing facility data, and an open online survey. The team has engaged a district planning group for visioning and goal-setting workshops. Topics of these meetings have included student experience, equity, STEAM, career and technical education, and more.
Community engagement for the plan has been very active, including holding stakeholder advisory group workshops, community forums, involving the student advisory council, and deploying the first community survey, which closes November 11. Facility condition assessments, educational adequacy assessments, and capacity analysis are being evaluated.
Next steps include the last round of community forums, taking place January 25 and 26, and encouraging members of the public to take the community survey, available in both English and Spanish. Data analysis will also continue. Another update will take place in December.
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Student Representative’s Report
The Student Representative did not provide a report at this meeting.
Trustee district highlights were abbreviated for this meeting due to weather conditions, but included:
- Issuing a call for civility during the election season
The Superintendent did not provide a report at this meeting.
Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding:
- Reno High School facilities usage
The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for November 22, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.