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.
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.
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, May 18, 2020
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Special Meeting
What happened at this meeting?
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 see public comments on agenda items.
Click here to see public comments on non-agenda items.
Trustees Adopted the 2020-2021 Final Budget
A Final Budget was presented to Trustees prior to submission to the Department of Taxation, as required by law. While the budget includes some predictions of revenue changes, there are still uncertainties about statewide funding cuts and federal assistance related to COVID-19, as well as student enrollment.
CCSD’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) presented a budget that projects a $38 million shortfall for the 2020-2021 school year, with consideration of a revenue increase from property taxes, as well as reductions in the Local School Support Tax, Government Service Tax, the Distributive Schools Account (DSA). Additionally, the shortfall accounts for pay increases from collective bargaining agreements across five different units.
The budget also includes an unassigned ending fund balance of 2.25% ($55 million). It was noted that this is not a rainy day fund. Rather, the ending fund balance drives bond ratings and is required by law.
CCSD’s CFO and leadership anticipate the majority of budget cuts will come from school’s strategic budgets, with decisions being made by school principals and School Organization Teams (SOTs). This process will occur in the Fall when student counts are completed. The District is pending additional guidance and information from the state regarding budget adjustments.
Click here to see the presentation.
Click here to read about this in the Nevada Independent.
Click here to read about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Requests for Future Agenda Items:
- Ongoing updates about how CCSD Government Affairs is collaborating with state and county decision-makers to address the financial impact of the pandemic on the district.
- Presentation on cuts made to school strategic budgets.