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 5 pm. While all meetings are typically held at the Edward A. Greer Education Center (Board Room): 2832 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121, all meetings are now held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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, November 19, 2020
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting
What happened at this meeting?
Members of the public submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, rather an oral summary of each comment was provided to Trustees.
- Click here to view public comment on agenda items.
- Click here to view public comment on non-agenda items.
Trustees Honored Yvette Wintermute
Trustees paused for a moment of silence to honor Yvette Wintermute, who recently passed away. Yvette Wintermute served as Chief Nurse of Health Services for CCSD.
Trustees Approved Consent Agenda
- Acceptance of a grant from the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) to support economics and financial literacy education.
Trustees Approved Application for Impact Aid Section 7003
The US Department of Education provides Impact Aid 7003 funds to school districts in order to reimburse costs associated with educating federally-connected children. Federally connected children are:
- children of members of the uniformed services,
- children who reside on Indian lands,
- children who reside on federal property or federally subsidized low-rent housing, and
- children whose parents work on federal property.
Property taxes are a main source of revenue for the school district. These funds reimburse the financial impact due to the presence of federally-connected children residing on, or whose parents are employed on, non-taxable federal property.
As these funds would directly support CCSD students who reside on Indian Land, the board also held a public hearing on the review of the American Indian/Alaska Native Policies and Procedures for Federal Impact Aid 7003. No public comment was submitted.
Click here to view the reference material.
Click here to view the American Indian/Alaska Native Policies and Procedures.
Trustees Approved Notice of Intent for District Policy
CCSD Policy 6161, School Libraries currently states, “The Clark County School District recognizes that an effective library is an important and integral part of the educational program in each school, and the Clark County School District will provide adequate school libraries.”
The updated policy includes language that will ensure schools have a licensed teacher-librarian. Since licensed teacher-librarians are funded through school strategic budgets, some trustees had concerns about requiring schools to provide licensed teacher-librarians.
This policy will come back before the Board for final approval on December 10.
Click here to see the draft policy.
Trustees Approved Notice of Intent for District Regulation
Regulation 3241, Acceptance of Gifts, outlines the acceptable use of monetary or in-kind gifts to the district or schools. The updated language includes a clarification that gifts must be used for their specified purpose to the extent possible.
The Trustees will revisit the regulation for approval during the December 10 meeting.
Click here to see the draft regulation.
Superintendent Jara and CCSD Chief Financial Officer, Jason Goudie, provided information to Trustees about the staffing and fiscal impact of continuing distance learning through the end of the school year. Several positions of employment are connected to the physical presence of students at school buildings and are deemed redundant if students continue with distance learning through the rest of the year. Recommendations for staffing changes if CCSD continues with distance learning through the end of the school year include:
- Facilities Management: Surplus half of custodial staff, approximately 700 positions.
- Transportation: Surplus all General Fund 100 support professionals. Suspend driver hiring and training and return underutilized and vacant full-time equivalent (FTE) and funds, which includes approximately 650 employees.
- Police: Reduce the number of police positions, which includes approximately 30 police positions.
Click here to view additional information.