Nevada Ed-Watch: 08/25/22

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.

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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
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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, August 25, 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?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding:

  • IEP concerns
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) scholarship programs
  • Playground accessibility and special education status
  • Educator concerns regarding retaliation
  • High school enrollment
  • Early teacher retirement incentive program suspension
  • Student discipline
  • Teacher retention
  • Traffic safety concerns on College Dr. and Wagonwheel Dr.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (7-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Discussed Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan Update on Chronic Absenteeism

Staff presented an update on chronic absenteeism with reporting from the 2021-2022 school year. These numbers are not yet validated but will be done so by September 15, 2022. The District’s overall chronic absenteeism rate at 39.8% for the 2021-22 school year, against a target of 16.9%. Identified challenges include distance education and absence reporting, and identified successes include supportive partners on reducing absenteeism, targeted support during school closure, and consistent public reporting. Next steps include differentiated attendance reporting professional learning and Truancy Prevention Outreach Program renewal in August 2022.

Explore the presentation.

Learn more from the Las Vegas Review-Journal on this agenda item.

Trustees Accepted the Report on the Proposed State Public Charter School Authority Sponsored Public Charter Schools for the 2022 Annual Application Cycle

The State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA) notifies the Department of Education and the local school district when they receive a notice of intent to submit an application or an application. The SPCSA submitted four applications for its annual application cycle for CCSD’s review: Mind Your Books (Grades K-8), Rooted School – Clark County (Grades 9-12), Southern Nevada Trades High School (Grades 9-12), and The Village High School (Grades 9-12).

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved Two Bill Draft Requests for the 2023 Legislative Session

CCSD is able to submit two Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) ahead of the 2023 Legislative Session. These requests must be submitted to the Legislative Counsel Bureau by September 1, 2022. Trustees discussed several topics for possible BDRs, including eliminating Student Learning Growth submissions for teachers, addressing teacher shortages, creating a district-wide Social Emotional Learning peer support program, changing sex education statutes for instruction to be opt-out rather than opt-in, implementation of various school safety measures, and establishing standards and qualifications for education-related oversight boards.

Trustees approved addressing the statewide teacher shortage through improving wages and working conditions, nationwide license reciprocity, paid application fees, higher education pipeline program funding, etc. as a BDR topic for the 2023 Legislative Session on a 7-0 vote. Trustees then approved to establish standards and qualifications for all education-related oversight boards, such as school board trustees and the Board of Regents, as the second BDR topic for the 2023 Legislative Session, on a 4-3 vote.

Explore the potential bill draft requests.

Trusteed Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the 2022 Medium-Term Bond Authorization Resolution (7-0)

Trustees conducted a public hearing on and approved the 2022 Medium-Term Bond Authorization Resolution, authorizing the sale and issuance of medium-term obligations in an amount not to exceed $35,000,000 to finance all or a portion of the cost of acquiring, improving, and equipping school facilities.

Explore the public hearing notice and resolution.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Board transparency
  • Parent engagement

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

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 08/23/22

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.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees.

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.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings.

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 publiccomments@washoeschools.net. 


Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Item 2.13: Approval to Purchase Student Devices was pulled from the Consent Agenda for separate discussion and vote and passed on a separate vote.

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Approved a Proposal for a Bill Draft Request for the 2023 Legislative Session

The District can submit one bill draft request (BDR) each legislative session, and the request for the 2023 Legislative Session is due to the Legislative Counsel Bureau by September 1, 2022. Staff proposed a BDR that focuses on modernizing educational statutes to allow for innovation and to strengthen system-level coherence and alignment across the education system. A core feature of the proposed BDR will be creating a long-term commission and work groups to study educational statutes and provide recommendations and areas of prioritization, as well as opportunities to streamline, modernize, and increase efficiency of statutes to serve students and schools. The proposed BDR will encompass four core tenets: innovation, system-level coherence and alignment, evidence-based interventions and outcomes, and reducing burden and streamlining work across the district.

Trustees Adopted Board Resolution 22-013, A 2022C School Improvement Bond Resolution

Trustees adopted a resolution that would authorize up to $40,000,000 in general obligation bonds for District capital projects, to be used to finance the FY2023 Capital Renewal Program. This program includes rehabilitation and repairs at schools, including flooring, signage, fire alarm systems, plumbing, repaving, and other projects. The funds are budgeted.

Explore the resolution and the Preliminary Official Statement.

Trustees Reviewed a Video from the First Day of School

Staff introduced a video highlighting different experiences from the first day of the 2022-2023 school year.

New Principals Were Introduced to the Trustees

Trustees were introduced to new principals in the District.

Trustees Approved the School Expansion Request of Coral Academy of Science

Trustees approved a request from Coral Academy of Science for a charter amendment to facilitate the school’s expansion at 1595 Sky Mountain Drive in Reno, as well as a purchase option agreement and form of bond purchase agreement. This approval followed several meetings between Coral Academy and the District to alleviate concerns about enrollment, facilities, and financial liabilities. Following these meetings, staff recommended approval of the charter amendment based on several conditions to be met by the Coral Academy of Science team.

View the presentation and the term sheet agreement.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative’s report highlights included:

  • First day of school activities
  • Student Advisory Council to reconvene in September

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Participating in several schools’ first day celebrations and activities
  • Aviation Day coming up on September 24 for aviation industry careers
  • A back-to-school expo welcoming hundreds of students and families for supplies and resources
  • A teacher supply distribution event that welcomed 750 teachers
  • Participating in the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Governing Board
  • Attending a community meeting of the African-American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Excitement around the first day of school
  • Continuing to visit schools in the district as part of her entry plan
  • Gratitude for the hard work the staff has done in ensuring a strong start of the school year
  • Participation in upcoming meetings of the Student Advisory Council
  • Upcoming sports season and new field dedication at Hug High School
  • Reminder that the first town hall will be held August 30, at 5:30 p.m. at Reno High School

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Student data collection tools
  • Student test scores

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for September 13, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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