Nevada Ed Watch 5/20/19

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

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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

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. 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.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Special Board Meeting, Adoption of Final Budget

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Unanimously Approved the CCSD 2019-2020 Final Budget

Jason Goudie, CCSD’s Chief Financial Officer, provided a presentation on a proposed balanced budget for school year 2019-2020. The budget is similar to the tentative budget shared with the Board on April 3rd. The budget can be reopened until December of 2019 to account for any additional revenue that is not yet planned.

Highlights of the budget included:

  • Enrollment has decreased slightly and is reflected in the proposed budget.
  • The projected funds per pupil from the Distributive Schools Account (DSA) is $5,863. This may change once the State budget is finalized.
  • There was an increase in the local school support tax.
  • School year 2018-2019 will end with a 2% fund balance. The Focus 2024 plan aims for a 4% ending fund balance in future years.
  • A commitment to work with staff to protect items that are closest to students if cuts are required.

Following the presentation, Trustees raised questions and concerns, including:

  • Concerns about school safety and the impact of state funds not being directed towards safety efforts.
  • Determining a plan for families and the public to learn more about the budgeting process and how decisions have and will be made.
  • Questions about how to account for future changes in student enrollment and its impact on the budget.

Click here to see the presentation.

Click here to see the Final Budget.

Potential Future Agenda Items:

  • Salary increase chart over time for teachers
  • Overview and timeline around revenue growth and ability to access funds

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