Nevada Ed-Watch: 08/11/22

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, August 11, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.

Click here to see the agenda for the board meeting addendum.
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:

  • Safety protocols at CCSD Board meetings
  • Professionalism, dress standards, and staff behavior
  • Benefit availability to substitute teachers
  • School food options
  • Bullying
  • District communication with the community
  • Teacher hiring transparency
  • Teachers Health Trust plan and billing
  • Protocols around EpiPen handling
  • Procedures for The Harbor
  • School start times
  • Student concerns about the GPA gap implementation
  • Issues with registering students who are in shared housing situations

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (5-2)

Trustees approved the consent agenda, pulling items 3.25 (CCSD Board of Trustees Governance Policy GP-11: Public Comment) and 3.29 (Settlement Agreement and Release of Claims between CCSD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Jesus F. Jara) for additional discussion and vote. Item 3.25 passed in a separate vote, 4-3; Item 3.29 passed in a separate vote, 7-0.

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Approved a Memorandum of Agreement Between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association Regarding COVID-19 Sick Leave Donations (6-1-0)

Trustees conducted a public hearing and approved a Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association to extend COVID-19 related direct donations of sick leave from June 30, 2022, to June 30, 2023. There are no additional costs associated with the Memorandum of Agreement.

One Trustee abstained from voting on this item.

Explore the Memorandum of Agreement and the fiscal impact assessments summary.

Trustees Discussed the Multi-Tiered System of Supports – Tier I Expectations

Staff presented information on Tier I expectations for the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). Implementation of MTSS is required through district policy, with Tier I of the system including academic, social-emotional, and behavioral learnings. 75% – 80% of students are expected to reach successful levels of proficiency through Tier I. The presentation outlined teaching and learning expectations for Tier I instruction, including standards, assessment, instructional materials, and instruction; behavioral expectations, including procedures for arrival, dismissal and classroom environment, visibility and communication, the student code of conduct, and social-emotional support; and monitoring plans.

Next steps include implementing the monitoring plan; developing and implementing mid-course corrections aligned with data, as needed; developing teaching and learning expectations; providing meaningful professional learning for principals; and engaging in adoption process for Tier I instructional materials for English language arts.

Explore the presentation and Tier I Teaching and Learning Expectations.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Student achievement and performance

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for August 25, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 07/14/22

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, July 14, 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:

  • Employee retaliation
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
  • Public comment periods at CCSD Board meetings
  • Substitute teacher benefits
  • Rezoning processes
  • Hostile learning environments

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (6-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Trustees approved the consent agenda but revised Items 3.23 – Amendment of CCSD Policy 5127 and 3.24 – Amendment of CCSD Regulation 5127 to reflect the GPA cap to be implemented for the Cohort of 2024, rather than the Cohort of 2023.

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend CCSD Regulation 3312 – Purchasing Authorization and Nepotism – All Funds (6-0)

Trustees approved amended language to Regulation 3312 regarding purchasing authorization and nepotism. The threshold for requests for purchases that must be submitted to the CCSD purchasing department was revised to amounts over $3,000; the previous threshold was $2,000. Language relating to degrees of consanguinity or affinity to a member of the Board of Trustees or authorizing officials was also amended to include any purchase (the previous threshold was $2,000).  

The regulation will be submitted to the Trustees for approval at the Board meeting scheduled on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

Explore the Notice of Intent.

Trustees Discussed the Revised Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

Trustees received a presentation from Staff on revisions to the CCSD Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction for the 2022-2023 school year. Highlights of the plan include:

  • CCSD continuing to provide distance education through the Nevada Learning Academy
  • Updated Community Indicators, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control
  • Changes to Community Transmission Levels in low, medium, and high categories
  • Removing required mandatory testing unless a site is designated a High level of transmission

Explore the plan.

Trustees Held a Public Hearing on and Approved a New Memorandum of Agreement Between CCSD and the Clark County Education Association (5-1-0)

Trustees approved a new Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Education Association, which provides for placement review and processes during the application of AB 469. There are no additional costs associated with the Memorandum of Agreement.

One Trustee abstained from voting on this item.

Explore the Memorandum of Agreement and public hearing materials.

Trustees Held a Public Hearing on and Approved a New Memorandum of Agreement to the Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association (5-1-0)

Trustees approved a new Memorandum of Agreement to the Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association. The new agreement acknowledges that AB 469, or NRS 388G.500 to 388G.810, applies to the Agreement. There are no additional costs associated with the Memorandum of Agreement.

One Trustee abstained from voting on this item.

Explore the Memorandum of Agreement and public hearing materials.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Required school disciplinary data
  • School safety and academic excellence
  • Equity in school safety procedures and mitigation strategies

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for August 4, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 05/19/2022

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, May 19, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on Facebook or CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding:

  • Graduation dress code and cultural, heritage, and identity-based graduation attire
  • Teachers Health Trust communication and issue mitigation
  • Operational efficiency of elementary schools
  • Teacher retention efforts
  • Health checks
  • Gender identity and CCSD protocols
  • Designated safe spaces in schools
  • Potentially inappropriate reading assignments and material
  • Site-based decision-making

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (4-2)

Trustees approved the Consent Agenda, removing item 3.02 – Grant Application and Notice of Subaward: COVID-19 Public Health Preparedness Program for a separate discussion and vote.

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Members of the public provided comments on the implementation of the COVID-19 Public Health Preparedness Program, unified personnel employment, implementation of the Title VI Indian Education Program, Nevada State College Academic Support, student expulsions, and the 2022A Building Bond Resolution.

Staff provided additional clarification on Item 3.02 – Grant Application and Notice of Subaward: COVID-19 Public Health Preparedness Program; this grant is allocated for COVID-19 contact tracing, testing, and other mitigation strategies for in-person learning. The project period is anticipated to be May 20, 2022 – June 30, 2023, for an anticipated cost of $2.7 million. The cost of the program is covered by federal grant funding, not from the General Fund or ESSER funding. This item passed on a separate vote, 5-1.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend Clark County School District Regulation 5131, Dress and Appearance (6-0)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 5131 related to student dress code. Proposed changes include adding non-discrimination language in alignment with The CROWN Act, changes to the Standard Student Attire policy, and the inclusion of non-gender specific language regarding Standard Student Attire clothing options.

This item will be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, June 9, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend Regulation 4280, Dress and Grooming: All Employees (5-1)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 4280 relating to employee dress and grooming standards. Proposed changes include adding non-discrimination language in alignment with The CROWN Act and the inclusion of non-gender specific language regarding employee attire and grooming standards.

This item will be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, June 9, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend Regulation 5114.1, Discipline: Suspension Procedures (6-0)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 5114.1 relating to student suspensions. The proposed changes include updating the definition of significant suspensions (required by AB 67 of the 2021 Nevada Legislature), requiring a consultation process before suspending students who are experiencing homelessness or residing in foster care, and adding in language regarding the suspension appeal process and the hearing process.

After public comment and Trustee discussion, the motion passed with an additional change to include the teacher or staff member who removed the student from the classroom in a required conference with the student, parent/guardian, and principal, assistant principal, or student success coordinator.  This conference is required to take place within three school days of suspension.

This item will be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, June 9, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • District curriculum
  • District performance
  • Medical care concerns and communications
  • Student and staff safety
  • Adding foster care students as a student demographic in data presentations
  • Law enforcement support

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for June 9, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 5/17/2022

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.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Clark County School District “Focus on the Future for Kids” Community Update

What happened at this meeting?

Clark County School District staff provided a brief update on how the District has allocated and is implementing American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds.

Background:

CCSD was allocated $777 million from the federal government for continued pandemic response and relief. This update staff is part of the ESSER III timeline in Phase 2, in which CCSD staff reports back to the community on implementation and plan refreshments.

Summary:

Staff noted that many initial estimates on project investments were low and project scopes were narrow, and the District has since gone through an exercise to prioritize these projects.

Spending priorities were divided into five broad categories, with each category having line-items for projects and how success will be measured in each category:

  • Student Success: 76.76% of ESSER III funds
    • Projects include summer learning, Tier I instructional materials for science and English Language Arts, a direct allocation to elementary schools, online curriculum and instructional resources, technology upgrades, social and emotional learning materials, and mental health services, among others.
    • Measures of success: MAP results, high school students on track to graduate, percentage of graduates with a College and Career Ready diploma, and Panorama student mental health indicators
  • Teachers, Principals, and Staff: 12.88% of ESSER III funds
    • Projects include $2,000 retention bonuses, educator pipeline programs, relocation and retention bonuses, teacher leadership pathways, and Urban Leader Pathway programs, among others.
    • Measures of success: Open teaching positions by October 1, teacher retention rate, and new classroom teachers hired
  • COVID-19 Mitigation: 9.42% of ESSER III funds
    • Projects include health services, operations, indirect costs, and charter school pass-thru funding.
    • Measures of success: Teacher attendance, student attendance
  • Parent and Community Support: 0.91% of ESSER III funds
    • The project includes improving data transparency and accountability, including building an online resource and reporting platform that provides student outcome data, financial data, and other information regarding school performance and accountability. It will be aggregated and available on a district-wide basis for public consumption.
    • Measures of success: Community members engaged in Focus on the Future for Kids
  • Balanced Governance and Leadership: 0.04% of ESSER III funds
    • Projects include ESSER III accountability, communication, and transparency, and CCSD strategic planning
    • Measure of success: Annual report on ESSER III progress and a complete strategic plan refresh

Community members who wanted additional information on ESSER III priorities are encouraged to explore the presentation from the CCSD Board of Trustees meeting from April 28. The presentation can be found here.

The original Focus on the Future for Kids Community Advisory Committee Final Synthesis Report dated August 26, 2021, can be found here.

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 05/12/2022

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, May 12, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on Facebook or CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • Graduation dress code and cultural, heritage, and identity-based graduation attire
  • Tardy policies
  • Change of School Assignment policies
  • Special interest group presence at school board meetings
  • Teacher and support staff requests from administration
  • Water bottle refilling stations
  • Mental health services in schools
  • Appropriateness of reading material
  • AB 469 compliance and coordination
  • Student voice at school board meetings
  • Respect and trust between support staff and administration

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (6-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Members of the public provided comments on the agreement with United Citizens Foundation, warrants, unified personnel employment, licensed personnel employment, purchase orders, various facilities items, expulsions, an agreement between CCSD and 100 Academy of Excellence, purchasing awards, and the employment agreement of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Trustees Received an Update on Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan on Chronic Absenteeism

Trustees received a presentation and discussed chronic absenteeism as part of CCSD’s Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan. Chronic absenteeism is defined as the total percentage of students who are absent for 10% or more of their enrolled days. The chronic absenteeism rate is continuing to increase, and the district is currently off-target for overall results and status. Other peer districts are seeing similar trends.

Challenges include distance education and distance reporting; successes include partners willing to support chronic absenteeism reduction initiatives and targeted support during school closures. Next steps include continuing student focus group feedback sessions, reviewing the Truancy Prevention Outreach Program in June 2022, and continuing to provide professional learning for clerks and registrars to better understand the attendance coding process.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Received an Update on Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan on Student Safety

Trustees received a presentation and discussed student safety as it relates to the Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan. Student safety is measured by positive responses on four Districtwide Survey items. The board previously approved implementing the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to promote academic achievement, social-emotional growth, and behavioral development.

The survey shows an increase in perceived safety during distance learning in the 2020-2021 school year. For the 2021-2022 school year, the district is falling short on elementary, middle, and high school targets. Challenges include the return to face-to-face learning; successes include an increase in survey participation and results consistent with pre-COVID-19 results across all grade bands. Next steps include analyzing survey results and revising the school performance plan based on the Districtwide Survey results, emphasizing the student code of conduct, districtwide MTSS professional learning this summer, and new resources and student communication materials.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Received and Discussed the Five Year Charter School Site Evaluation Report and Presentation

Trustees received the Five Year Charter School Site Evaluation Report, as required by NRS 388A.223, which requires a sponsor of a charter school to conduct site evaluations of each campus that it sponsors during the first, third, and fifth years after entering or renewing their charter contract. CCSD-sponsored charter schools are now in their fifth year of a six-year performance contract.

Staff reviewed performance of each of the district-sponsored charter schools using metrics in academic, financial, and organizational performance, and rated each metric as “meets standards,” “does not meet standards,” or “falls below standards.” Schools found to have deficiencies were issued notices depending on the severity of the deficiency. Each school’s performance was summarized in the report and accompanying presentation, available below.

Explore the report and the presentation.

Trustees Opened Sealed Bids, Called for Oral Bids, and Adopted a Resolution of Acceptance of Bid for Property Site #064.02 – Rancho Destino Rd. & East Frias Ave. (6-0)

The District received one sealed bid for the sale of the property located at Rancho Destino Rd. and East Frias Ave. There were no oral bids submitted.

Trustees accepted the $530,000 written bid, made by St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission – Las Vegas Real Estate Trust.

Explore the resolution.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees Regarding Article 16-9 (6-0)

Trustees approved a new Memorandum of Agreement drafted by CCASAPE and CCSD to modify the contract language in Article 16-9, Executive Manager, Superintendent’s Office, to the current effective day of July 1, 2019 to December 1, 2021.

Explore the fiscal impact summary and the Memorandum of Agreement.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees Regarding 11-Month School Principals (6-0)

Trustees approved a new Memorandum of Agreement drafted by CCASAPE and CCSD to modify contract language to change all current 11-month contracts for school principals to 12-month contracts, with an effective date of July 1, 2022. The fiscal impact of this Memorandum of Agreement is approximately $4.1 million.

Explore the fiscal impact summary and the Memorandum of Agreement.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Equity in administration and leadership roles within the district

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for May 16, 2022 @ 5:30pm. This will be a special board meeting regarding adoption of the final budget. The next regular Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for May 19, 2022 @ 5:00pm. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 04/07/22

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, April 7, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on Facebook or CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • Parent concerns on school-level staff
  • Student concerns regarding school safety
  • Student concerns over Global Community High School policies
  • Elementary school physical education programming
  • District-wide student testing

Explore written public comment.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (7-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

There was no public comment on consent agenda items.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing and Approved an Amendment to the 2021-2023 Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association Regarding Correction to Pay Matrix Language (6-1-0)

A public hearing took place regarding an amendment to the 2021-2023 negotiated agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association. The amendment modifies language in Articles 19-4, 19-4-2, and 19-4-3 and eliminates the previous column of the pay matrix designated at A1. Employees hired on or after July 1, 2022, will be placed at B1 of the pay matrix. There are no additional costs associated with this amendment.

There was one Trustee abstention on this vote. 

Explore the fiscal impacts summary and agreement.

Trustees Approved ​​a Notice of Intent to Adopt, Repeal, or Amend Clark County School District Regulation 5111: Age of Entrance and Enrollment Identity Documentation Requirements; Policy 5111: Age of Entrance and Enrollment Identity Documentation Requirements; and Regulation 5111.1: Enrollment Identity Documentation Requirements (7-0)

Staff presented these agenda items concurrently (4.02, 4.03, and 4.04). Changes to the language include removing outdated language and replacing the language so it is aligned with Nevada Revised Statutes to be in compliance with legislative action. This language relates to the change in enrollment age for kindergarten, in that a child must be five years of age on or before the first day of the school year to be admitted to kindergarten; prior regulations and policies stated that a child had to be at least age five on or before September 30 of the school year to be admitted to kindergarten. This policy also specifies required documentation to prove the age of the child in order to be enrolled in kindergarten. 

This item will be submitted for approval at the Thursday, May 12, 2022, Board of Trustees meeting. 

Explore the Notice of Intent for Regulation 5111, the Notice of Intent for Policy 5111, and the Notice of Intent for Regulation 5111.1.

Trustees Approved the CCSD 2022-2023 Tentative Budget to be Filed with the State of Nevada (7-0)

Staff presented the tentative 2022-2023 fiscal year budget, to be submitted to the Department of Taxation by April 15. Authorization of the tentative budget and adoption of the final budget is due to be heard May 16. Uncertainties reflected in the budget include enrollment numbers, risk of recession, and partial continuation of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) initiatives after the federal funding period ends.

Student enrollment is expected to be down slightly for the fiscal year, with an expected average daily enrollment of about 300,000 students.

The Pupil-Centered Funding Plan will be fully implemented for the 2022-23 school year, with districts receiving adjusted base funding, weighted funding, and auxiliary service funding. Challenges include fixed costs in schools affecting small schools disproportionately, possible disproportional custodial costs, staffing ratios for 1 and 2-star schools compared to 3, 4, and 5-star schools, and different types of schools with varied needs.

To address these challenges, the district has stratified per-pupil funding by elementary, middle, and high school, type of school, and enrollment. Additional add-on amounts and Hold Harmless ceiling and floors were also established.  Academic leadership, the Business and Finance Unit, principals, and other parties will meet to review methods to improve funding for various types of schools and further update the funding model to better meet the objectives of Focus: 2024 and the needs of students. Staff also provided detail on Weighted Funding formulas for At-Risk, English Learners, and Gifted and Talented programs. 

Total per pupil revenues will be $9,573 this year, a slight increase from $9,466 last fiscal year. General operating revenues are expected to be $2,872,293,000, a change of $7,148,100 from the previous fiscal budget. 

83% of the tentative budget will be spent on salaries and benefits, a decrease from previous years, due to a change in how services for EL students, at-risk students, and Gifted and Talented students are classified in special revenue funds. The remaining 17% includes textbooks/supplies, utilities, professional services, technology, etc. On staffing, about 85% of salaries and benefits are for school-level personnel. Additional details on spending can be found in the budget presentation.

In comparing the 2022-23 tentative budget with last year’s, the district is expecting about $117 million in increased expenditures, attributed primarily to contracts and employee increases and spending down funds that sit in school carryover. The ending fund balance unassigned is projected at $122 million, or 4.25% carryover, a slight increase from last fiscal year.

Explore the budget presentation and budget.

Trustees Discussed the Development and Revision of Policies and Regulations Relating to School District Reorganization

Staff gave an overview on policy recommendations to align district organization with state regulations in NRS 388G and NAC 388G to be in compliance with AB 469. These include recommendations regarding general provisions of these regulations; formation of local school precincts; financial determinations and considerations for local school precincts; management and operation of local school precincts; and monitoring effectiveness of local school precincts. 

These policy recommendations include adding language that documents the requirements for sharing information, transferring responsibilities, and defining site-based decision making, as well as requirements regarding other procedures relating to transferring responsibilities to schools, staff selections, and staff assignments. It also recommends including language in new regulations that document requirements for the selection, placement, and responsibilities of region superintendents and school associate superintendents; budget development; requirements related to School Organizational Teams and School Plans of Operation; requirements for monitoring effectiveness of local school precincts; dispute resolution related to the reorganization of the district; and requirements relating to service level agreements. 

Relating to NAC 388G regulations, the recommendation is to await final action from the Nevada State Board of Education. 

Trustees discussed School Organizational Teams, streamlining supply needs and appeals processes, and ways to increase communication and collaboration among stakeholders. The next steps would be for staff to take the recommendations and feedback from the Trustees to synthesize into a draft to be presented to the board as a Notice of Intent.

Explore the presentation, NRS and NAC language, and the 2018 plan for implementation.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Spelling bee programs in elementary schools
  • Literacy programs
  • Staffing concerns
  • Student discipline and behavior 
  • Concerns over Global Community High School policies
  • Infinite Campus data
  • Special education and IEPs
  • Teacher pay and insurance

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for April 28, 2022 @ 5pm. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch 02/24/2022

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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, February 24, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on Facebook or CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • School safety and recent incidents of school violence
  • Teacher retention
  • Swim-related transportation issues
  • American Rescue Plan Act allocations 
  • Playground and recess guidelines
  • COVID-related restrictions relating to parents visiting classrooms

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (7-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Members of the public provided comments on minutes from previous meetings, MAP assessments, an interlocal contract regarding Medicaid School Health Services, agreements with the YMCA of Southern Nevada and the City of Las Vegas, a consultant contract for training development services, licensed personnel employment, licensed personnel dismissal recommendations, and purchasing orders.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Adopt, Repeal, or Amend Clark County School District Policy 1101 on School Mascots and Other School Identifiers (6-1)

Staff provided an overview of proposed changes to Policy 1101 that would specify any school mascots, team names, logos, school colors, songs, or school identifiers not be racially discriminatory or contain racially discriminatory language or imagery. Such school identifiers must be respectful of diverse cultural values and reflect a positive school image. School identifiers would also be required to be unique and not duplicate professional, corporate, international, national, or local team mascots. This item will be submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval on March 24, 2022.

Explore the proposed changes to the policy.

Trustees Approved the 2022 Goals for the Superintendent (6-1)

Trustees approved three goals for the Superintendent in alignment with the Focus: 2024 strategic plan and a February 2, 2022 work session with District staff and Trustees. These goals include increasing the proficiency of students in all racial/ethnic student groups by seven percentage points in reading by Grade 3 and by five percentage points in mathematics in Grades 6-8; decreasing the overrepresentation of the Black/African American student group in student suspensions and discretionary expulsions by five percentage points from 2021 to 2022; and hiring 1,655 classroom teachers (a 25 percent increase from the most recent three-year average) before November 1, 2022.  

Trustees discussed teacher recruitment, teacher retention efforts, vacancy rates, and alignment between the February 2 planning session, strategic plan, and these goals.

Explore the goals presentation.

Trustees Approved Memoranda of Agreement between the Clark County School District and the Education Support Employees Association, the Clark County Education Association, and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees Regarding Summer Acceleration 2022 (6-1-0)

A public hearing was held for new memoranda of understanding that provides for labor expenditures for the upcoming Summer Acceleration program (May 31 – June 17, 2022), with employees being paid either under their current contracts (with administrators receiving a $400 per day stipend), or additional straight or overtime pay. The fiscal cost of all memoranda is $66,024,000.

There was one abstention for this vote.

Explore the summary of fiscal impacts.

Explore the Memoranda of Agreement

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Inequity among school sports 
  • School safety and recent incidents of school violence
  • Elementary school-level behavioral concerns
  • Teacher and substitute teacher staffing shortages 
  • Special education concerns

Learn more about agenda items from this meeting in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for February 28, 2022 @ 5pm, as a joint meeting with the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch 02/18/2022

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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.


Friday, February 18, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Special Meeting

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Watch the meeting playback on Facebook or CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

There was no public comment on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved a Request for School Safety Agenda Item (4-3)

Three Trustees brought forth an agenda item request for an upcoming CCSD board meeting regarding school safety. 

The agenda item, for the March 10, 2022 board meeting, will be an informational item to include an overview and briefing on historical data and information on current policies in place regarding school safety, and will include a brief presentation by CCSD staff on those policies. Reference materials will include data from a recent Freedom of Information Act request from a local news entity, as well as the number of violent incidents at CCSD in the last month. 

The Trustees also discussed reconvening to review additional possible community engagement opportunities regarding the topic of school safety.

Explore the agenda item request here

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Mental health resources available for parents, children, and families

Next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for February 24, 2022 @ 5pm. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch 9/30/21

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Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2021 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, September 30, 2021
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting & Joint Meeting with the Clark County School District Board of Trustees

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda
Click here to see the joint SBOE & CCSD meeting agenda

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided comment regarding:

  • A request to reexamine the per-pupil funding formula for rural schools, specifically around extra funding, due to concerns that funds will be shortened and, as a result, programs will be cut, for rural schools
  • Concerns around how assessment result narratives are presented

President’s Report

President Ebert expressed appreciation for and congratulations to the following Nevada educators recognized as Teachers of the Year in various categories:

  • 2021 History Teacher of the Year
  • 2021 Early Educators of the Year
    • Kaitlin Farley Cortes, a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, and Avis Moore, an infant-toddler teacher, both Washoe County educators, received Nevada’s first-ever award for Early Educator of the Year.
  • 2022 Teacher of the Year
    • Deanne Moyle-Hicks, an educator at Natchez Elementary School in Washoe County School District, was named the 2022 State Teacher of the Year. The mission of the Nevada Teacher of the Year program is to celebrate excellence and strengthen the teaching force by honoring and recognizing exceptional teachers on a school, district, state, and national level. 

Superintendent’s Report

  • COVID-19 Update
    • On September 13, the U.S. Department of Education approved Nevada’s plan for ESEA 2 funds and has released the final one-third of the ARP ESSER dollars to the state.
    • Nevada has been working to maximize and expand existing funding and initiatives. The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) will be allocating $8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to help K-12 public school educators. The funds will be distributed through DonorsChoose and used for classroom resources for teachers and students. This makes Nevada the first state to directly invest in educator projects on DonorsChoose.
  • Pupil-Centered Funding Plan Update
    • Guy Hobbs has been named the new Chair of the Commission on School Funding. Hobbs worked for many years directly in Clark County. The next meeting of the Commission on School Funding is October 8, 2021, at 9:00 am. NDE President Ebert requested that the community bring or submit public comment to the meeting.
  • The U.S. Department of Education has recognized three Nevada schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021:
    • Frank Lamping ES and Charlotte Hill ES in Clark County for closing the gap.
    • Charlotte Hill Elementary School, Clark County School District, for the “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing” category
    • Frank Lamping Elementary School, Clark County School District for the “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing” category
    • Pinecrest Academy of Nevada Inspirada, State Public Charter School Authority, for the  “Exemplary High Performing Schools” category.

Board Heard Presentation on State Assessment Results for the 2020-21 School Year

The Board heard a presentation regarding data from the statewide summative assessments that were administered during the 2020-21 school year, including Smart Balance Assessment (SBAC) and ACT results including:

  • Grade 3-8 students in English Languish Arts & Mathematics
  • ACT, 11th grade
  • English Language Arts & Mathematics for all high school students

The  2018-19 school year was the last school year for a normal assessment cycle. In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education ESEA waiver, assessments were not administered for the 2019-2020 school year and certain accountability requirements were also waived for the 2021-2022 school year in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Specifically for the 20202-2021 school year, federal accountability and the 95% assessment participation mandates were waived, but states were asked to administer federal assessments. NDE reported the largest drop in assessment participation by Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Black students. Assessment participation and percentages are impacted, in part, by a decrease in population size.

Note: The most recent year of complete and normal assessment testing cyicle is the 2018-2019 school year. In the updates below, “when compared to the most recent year of testing” refers to the 2018-2019 school year. The following SBAC proficiency rate trends compare results from the 2018-2019 reporting year and the 2020-2021 reporting year.

SBAC English Language Arts (ELA) Proficiency Rate Trends, Grades Grades 3-8

  • Average: ELA showed consistent average growth of 1.3 percentage points. The current rate represents just over 68% of students during the pandemic year.
  • Proficiency: Proficiency rates for the 2020-2021 school year are much lower compared to SY 2018-2019. The largest decreases are among Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and White students. 
  • Student groups: Student groups performed lower when compared to the most recent year of complete testing. Students with disabilities are relatively low, with only a 0.5% drop during the pandemic year.
  • Grade level comparison: There is a greater decrease among elementary grades with less impact on students in grades 6-8.

SBAC Mathematics Proficiency Rate Trends

  • Average: Assessment results reveal an 11.2%  percentage point decrease, with just over 68% of students tested during the pandemic year.
  • Proficiency: Proficiency is much lower when compared to the most recent year of testing. The largest decreases in proficiency are among Pac Islander, Asian, and White students.
  • Student Groups: Students with disabilities have a smaller impact between the two reporting years.
  • Grade level comparison: Results for elementary school students showed a greater decrease, with lower impact in middle school grades 7 & 8.

ACT Results

ACT is Nevada’s federally reported high school English Language Arts (ELA) and Math assessment. Participation in the ACT is a graduation requirement per Nevada Revised Statutes. The ACT was administered to all grade 11 students in the 2019-2020 school year prior to pandemic-related school building closures. NDE was thus able to compare results between the 2019-2020 school year and the 2020-2021 school year. 

High School English Language Arts (HS ELA)

  • Average: ACT data for 2020-2021 represents HS ELA proficiency only rather than proficiency and participation. HS ELA proficiency showed a 2.1% increase during the 2020-2021 pandemic school year. HS ELA proficiency dropped 2.1% in 2020-2021, compared to 2019-2020.
  • Race/Ethnicity: The proficiency rate for Asian students increased. The greatest decreases in HS ELA proficiency results among Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Black students as well as students identifying as Two or More Races. Black students had to smallest decrease in HS ELA proficiency.
  • Student Groups:  English Learners showed the greatest decrease in HS ELA proficiency.

HS School Mathematics (HS Math)

  • Average: HS Math showed consistent average growth from 2017-2018 to 2019-2020. For the 2020-2021 school year, proficiency decreased by 3.4%.
  • Race/Ethnicity: The greatest decrease in math proficiency was among Asian students who dropped 5.2% points, followed by Two or More Races and White students. Pacific Islander, Black, and American Indian students show the smallest decrease in HS Math proficiency.
  • Student Groups: There is an overall decrease in HS Math proficiency. Students identified as economically disadvantaged showed the greatest decrease.

Presenters noted that participation assessment rates in Clark County, the largest school district in Nevada, were low due to remote learning since tests must be administered in person.

Board members expressed concern about how to interpret the results as many students were not in school buildings and therefore were not available to take tests in person. The board also expressed concerns regarding gaps in the data due to students that were not assessed; requests for more disaggregated data around proficiency, such as a comparison of students proficient before the pandemic year compared to the current school year; concerns about inequity related to the lower test participation rates for Black and other student groups; and concerns about low test scores in some of the assessment criteria. 

Click here to view the SBAC Assessment Results presentation.

Board Approved Teach Nevada Scholarship Awards

The Teach Nevada Scholarship (TNVS) was created in the State General Fund during the 78th Legislative Session (2015) via Senate Bill 511 and is codified in NRS 391A.550 – NRS 391A.590. The scholarship program was continued and slightly modified in the 80th Legislative Session (2019) through appropriations in Senate Bill 555 and Assembly Bill 219. The purpose of TNVS is to provide scholarships to new students pursuing initial teacher licensure programs through state-approved universities, colleges, or alternative routes to licensure (ARL) providers. Awards are granted by the State Board of Education to the extent that money is available within the Fund. 

The Board approved 250 Teach Nevada Scholarship Awards per the Cohort 2022 Table:

Click here to view the TEACH Nevada Scholarship presentation.

Future Agenda Items

Board members requested training for new board members to understand their roles as well as orientations for new board members to meet with key members of departments within the NDE to build relationships.


What happened at the Joint meeting?

Public Comment #1

Members of the public shared public comment on this agenda item regarding:

  • Concerns about staff outsourcing.
  • The need for thoughtful consideration around how unused funds are reallocated as carryover dollars and concerns around how those dollars will be used.
  • The need to clarify ambiguous terms in the reorganization plan, such as “to the greatest extent.”
  • Concerns that the school district is not upholding its requirement to select effective licensed staff policies as outlined in AB469.
  • Concerns about the morale of CCSD staff
  • Concerns about the lack of focus on the needs of students, impacts, and improving outcomes for students.
  • Lack of care or concern by teachers toward students, classes with a lot of subs, lack of communication by teachers to families unless there is a challenge in the classroom.
  • Support and appreciation for SOTs
  • Concerns about whether new principals are sufficiently well-trained to lead schools with high ELL student populations.

Board Discussed the Implementation of Assembly Bill 459 (2017) in First-ever State Board of Education & CCSD Joint Board Meeting

Assembly Bill 469 (2017) required the implementation of a plan to reorganize Clark County School District following the passage of Assembly Bill 394 (2015) which provides principals with increased autonomy over schools and budgets. 

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction was given specific authority over monitoring the implementation of the reorganization. 

At the State Board of Education meeting held on April 15, 2021, the Board discussed components of the implementation plan to be addressed by CCSD as well as problems to be solved by CCSD related to specific criteria. Initial concerns related to the implementation of the bill included how CCSD was facilitating the placement of licensed and qualified teachers in vacant classrooms; purchasing of equipment, services, and supplies; and school carry forward of year‐end balances, in alignment with AB 469. 

In a first-ever joint board meeting between the State Board of Education (SBOE) and Clark County School District (CCSD), SBOE board members and CCSD trustees met to discuss the history of the bill, implementation concerns, implementation items to be resolved, and how to ensure the bill’s successful implementation. 

SBOE is currently reviewing the following items:

  • Principals are reporting they are not being provided with authority as outlined in NAC 388G.110-140 related to Service Level Agreements or the option/ability to carry out transferred responsibilities.
  • Clarification of the definition of “to the greatest extent possible.”
  • Clarification of the definition of “in good standing.”

SBOE is currently monitoring the following items to be resolved by CCSD:

  • Pla​​cement of Licensed and Qualified Teachers and authority to select staff.
  • Negotiating collective bargaining agreements with Clark County Education Association and Education Support Employees Association that are consistent with the law.
  • Addressing the Service Level Agreement (SLA) process in order to provide principals and SOTs with true authority to carry out responsibilities as outlined in NAC 388G.110-140.
  • Authority for purchasing of equipment, services, and supplies.
  • Defining “to the greatest extent possible” and “in good standing.”

CCSD Update on the Current State of the Reorganization

CCSD staff shared an update on the Report on the Organization of the Clark County School District.

Under NRS 388G.810, on or before October 1 of each year, superintendents of large school districts are required to prepare a report with information from the school year before the immediately preceding school year which includes:

  • A summary of the responsibilities for which authority to carry out was transferred to the local school precincts pursuant to NRS 388G.610
  • A summary of the results of the surveys administered pursuant to NRS 388G.800
  • An assessment of the performance of the local school precincts based upon specific measures of achievement which are established by the superintendent on or before January 1 of the immediately preceding school year
  • An assessment of the effectiveness of operating local school precincts and the large school district in the manner set forth in NRS 388G.500 to 388G.810
  • Any recommendations for regulations or legislation to improve the operation of the local school precincts and the large school district in the manner set forth in NRS 388G.500 to 388G.810, inclusive.

During the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of full-time distance education and the subsequent return to face-to-face instruction, the District did not produce a report by October 1, 2020. Therefore, CCSD’s report also includes information from the 2018-2019 school year.

CCSD has analyzed AB 469 and shared their findings related to each section, provided in the Report on the Organization of the Clark County School District.

The State Board President shared that the State Board’s goal is to help CCSD achieve the full implementation of the bill; support with clarity, ambiguity, and language; mend the relationship between CCSD Trustees & SBOE; and prevent failure of the implementation.

CCSD Trustees and board members discussed the need to understand what is and isn’t working regarding SOTs. Trustees welcomed thorough training and oversight by the SBOE.

Click here to view the AB469 presentation. 

Click here to view the Report on the Organization of the Clark County School District.


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Nevada Ed-Watch 8/19/2021

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2021 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, August 19, 2021
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided comment regarding:

  • Concerns over inequities for rural schools in the state 
  • Concerns over policies relating to transgender students 
  • Concerns over masks and vaccine rollout for students
  • Concerns over the political climate towards educators in regards to masks and COVID-19 policies 
  • Concerns over Critical Race Theory being taught in schools 
  • Concerns over Service Level Agreements and CCSD’s compliance with Nevada Law.  

President’s Report

  • Back to School Update 
    • The board expressed gratitude to educators and staff for their efforts in kicking off the new school year. 
    • Board President Ortiz emphasized the need to pay attention to the social and emotional needs of students as they return to school. 
  • Board Goals & Vision Communications Plan
    • The board heard an update on the communications plan for the Nevada Board of Education Goals and Vision. Highlights: 
      • The SBOE’s two goals are 1) move up in State rankings from 18th in September 2020 to Top 10 by July 2026 and 2)  increase the overall number of students receiving the College and Career Ready (CCR) diploma from 23.9% in July 2021 to 50% by July 2026 and eliminate gaps of student groups while raising the overall average.
      • Goal messaging: The goal of the communications plan is to establish Nevada’s current academic achievement ranking clearly to Nevada stakeholders; clearly communicate the two State Board of Education (SBOE) goals so that the general public knows and understands them; and illustrate the Vision of the SBOE in a way the public can understand and connect with.  
      • Vision: The Vision of the SBOE is that All Nevada students are equipped and feel empowered to obtain their vision of success.
      • Strategic Timeframes: By Spring 2022, SBOE will share about how each stated goal is reached. In Fall 2022, the SBOE will communicate ongoing progress reports.
      • The SBOE will be putting together a toolkit for promotion including social media graphics, email templates, and other assets that the board and other stakeholders can use. 

Click here to view the Communications Plan presentation.

Superintendent’s Report

  • Covid-19 Response
    • All staff regardless of vaccination status are required to wear masks. 
    • School-based Covid testing options are being explored. 
  • Summer Literacy Camps 
    • Over 200 students participated in the Nevada LIT Camps program, which ​​offered early childhood reading instruction for students in K-5 as well as teacher professional development instructional planning. 
  • Digital Ambassadors Cohort
    • 42 educators across the state will be working to provide digital support as Digital Ambassadors as part of the Nevada Digital Learning Collaborative. 

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda highlights: 

Board Heard Petition for License Revocation of Julia Kerrigan 

NRS 391.320 enables the State Board of Education to suspend or revoke a teacher’s license for any cause specified by law, including ethics violations. If a teacher violates ethics law, a petition for suspension or revocation can be filed. Teachers can ask for a hearing within 15 days to present their case. After that, the case is brought to the SBOE who makes a final determination and can do one of three things:

  • Accept the recommendation for the suspension or revocation;
  • Reject the recommendation for the suspension or revocation; or
  • Bring the report back to the hearing officer for further evidence and recommendation.

In the case of Julia Kerrigan, a petition for revocation was filed due to allegations made by students that Kerrigan helped students with tests by telling them how to solve test questions. The board approved the recommendation made by the hearing officer to suspend Kerrigan’s license for five years from the date of decision by the board.

Board Heard Update Regarding the Efforts of Workforce Connections

The mission of Workforce Connections is to connect employers to a ready workforce. Workforce Connections is Southern Nevada’s local workforce development board currently serving the Clark, Esmeralda, Nye, and Lincoln with its One-Stop Career Centers. The organization is currently working on a number of initiatives that benefit K-12 education:

  • Fellowship Program: Workforce Connections’ Fellowship Program, in partnership with CCSD, will create a pipeline for in-demand careers of the future, the first program of its kind in the nation. There are currently 13 CCSD high schools in the fellowship with a goal to get all 59 CCSD high schools involved.
  • CSSD Technical Training Academy: A new academy school will be developed in what was once the site of Bishop Gorman on Maryland Parkway. For the first time, a Workforce Connections One-Stop career center will live on a school campus. The goal of this initiative is not just to help the youth, but to help families of the youth through a generational approach and wraparound services.
  • ACT Work Ready Communities: Clark County became the largest work-ready community through ACT. The program includes 12 job profilers that will help employers apply a Work Ready Certificate to identify and hire the right person the first time to fill a role.
  • CCSD apprenticeship pipeline: The apprenticeship pipeline will align trades organizations with CCSD for students choosing to go directly into a career. Due to COVID, the program has been challenging to deploy.
  • Workforce Blueprint – The Workforce Blueprint will give students information about the industries that are arising in Southern Nevada.
  • Industry Sector Partnerships: Workforce Connections, in partnership with the Vegas Chamber, will work closely with Southern Nevada companies in fields such as logistics and supply chain management to understand the entire blueprint of their workforce needs and what they look for in future employees. This could include certificates employers look for, how companies grow an individual into middle management, and how individuals reach the top. The program will launch in October with a focus on two out of seven emerging industries to start.
  • NevadaV Business Hubs: The Nevada Business Hub is designed to connect employers to all available free resources available to help them create a plan for the future.

Click here to view the Workforce Connections presentation.

Board Heard Overview on Assembly Bill (AB)  469 (2017)

Assembly Bill 469 (2017) required the implementation of a plan to reorganize Clark County School District following the passage of Assembly Bill 394 (2015) which provides principals with increased autonomy over schools and budgets. 

The board heard a presentation on the history of AB469. Its history includes passage of the bill in 2017, an issuance of the Attorney General’s opinion in 2018 at the request of the Superintendent to answer the question of whether a large school district could assign a teacher to a local school precinct without its consent, a declaratory order in 2020 to answer the question of whether state statute would allow CCSD to assign an employee in a school without the school’s consent, and service level agreements.

Click here to view the AB469 presentation.


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