Nevada Ed-Watch 4/23/20

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

Clark County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The CCSD Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.

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How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Thursdays) at 5pm at the Edward A. Greer Education Center (Board Room): 2832 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings and agendas

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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, April 23, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Emergency Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public submitted comments online regarding:

  • Concerns about salaries and health benefits for substitute teachers 
  • Concerns about the job security of support staff for the 2020-2021 school year  

Consent Agenda Highlights: 

  • Contract with the National Equity Project to train 10 leadership coaches and 150 school site employees to improve equity and social-emotional development. Due to COVID-19, the training will be held via webinar. Trustees discussed the importance of collecting data to measure the program’s effectiveness. (approved 5-2).

Trustees Heard Updates about the District’s Response to COVID-19

Presentation Highlights: 

  • Schools will be operating via distance education for the reminder of the school year, and food service is expected to continue through at least June 30th. 
  • CCSD is performing wellness checks for students they have not been able to contact since the transition to distance education. On day one, contact attempts were made for 189 students, with 62 students reached. The district expects to expand upon the wellness checks in the coming weeks. 
  • CCSD is continuing to distribute ChromeBooks to students. Elementary school deployment is in progress. CCSD is also piloting a central ChromeBook deployment process, including the identification of “hot spot” locations where staff have the most challenges reaching students.
  • School Principals are creating site-specific plans for staff and employees to retrieve items from school buildings at the close of the year. 
  • CCSD formed a group to develop strategies for what school will look like next year. District staff shared that they are considering: 
    • Administration of the NWEA MAP Growth assessment early in the school year to inform student learning plans
    • Staggered bell times 
    • Staggered attendance schedules
    • Blended learning 
    • Alternative processes for coordinating lunch, recess, and student activities

Click here to see the presentation.

Trustees Heard a Tentative Budget Summary 

CCSD’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) shared updates on the CCSD budget forecast. There have been no significant changes to the budget, pending direction from the Governor’s office regarding changes in revenue and the economic impact of COVID-19. Due to a lack of such information, the final budget that will be presented to the board in May will not be reflective of all changes needed in response to COVID-19. 

Each year, CCSD submits a final budget for the upcoming school year in June, followed by an amended budget in December. The district anticipates an additional iteration of the budget– between the June final budget and the December amended budget– to account for revenue adjustments. Trustees expressed concerns about potential budget cuts in the coming years. 

Click here to see the presentation 

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Update CCSD Policy 

Trustees approved a Notice of Intent regarding non-substantive changes to CCSD Policy 4340,  Discipline: All Employees. The policy will come before the board for approval during the May 14th meeting. 

Click here to see the policy. 

Superintendent Communications

Dr. Larsen-Mitchell was announced as the new Deputy Superintendent. The outgoing Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Gullett, is transitioning into a new role as Superintendent of Schools for Marion County Public Schools in Florida.

Requests for Future Agenda Items:

  • Status update on the payroll system 
  • Status update on the implementation of EthicsPoint system 
  • Consideration to form a community group to assess the digital divide in the community
  • Demographic data on the students who have not been successfully reached from district outreach
  • Information of student registration for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Memo that outlines the financial impact of COVID-19 on district finances

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