Nevada Ed-Watch 12/9/2021

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, December 9, 2021

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here for the meeting agenda.

Find the meeting playback on Facebook and CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • Concerns about adequate medical coverage and support for CCSD staff through Teachers Health Trust (THT) pharmacy benefits via CerpassRx.
  • The increase in medication costs and decrease in medication coverages.
  • The increase in medical care costs, which dissuades some teachers from seeking medical attention.
  • Concerns from a student about the use of pepper spray by campus police and health-related side effects, as well as a request to ban CCSD’s use of it in schools.
  • Staffing shortages and the weight absorbing extra classes places on teachers.
  • Concerns about CCSD staff being subjected to weekly COVID testing.
  • Concerns about education supports for students and the community of District C.
  • Concerns by students that students are graduating high school without adequate education or a post-secondary plan.
  • Requests by a student regarding listening to students and teachers who often feel ignored, providing additional instructional time, promoting available resources, informing a community-wide system, and setting high expectations for students with the aid of others instead of pushing them to the point of resistance.

Click here to view written public comment on non-agenda items submitted online.

Consent Agenda Highlights:

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

  • The need for more transparency around the implementation of CCSD Policy 6120, Multi-Tiered System of Supports.
  • Concerns about the focus on funding professional learning over the focus on utilizing wraparound services and motivating students.
  • The amount of funding allocated for the Building and Implementation of the human capital management system given its current deficiencies.
  • Gratitude for CCSD’s investment into Community High School’s new campus.
  • Concerns regarding bullying toward special education students in schools.
  • The need for the District to evaluate the leadership at the principal level to ensure principals know how to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students and students with disabilities, and engage with parents.
  • Support of the Prevention, Advocacy, Choices, and Teamwork (PACT) Coalition grant and Leader in Me program at Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School.

Click here to view a detailed list of all consent agenda items.

Board Approved Transfers of Responsibilities under NAC 388G (Formerly AB 469, Section 16 of the 2017 Legislative Session) (6-1)

CCSD has a deadline of January 15 to meet strategic budgets that are moving forward. This agenda item is related to a 2018 decision of the board of trustees to approve transfers of responsibilities for specialized central services using service level agreements (SLAs). This included restrictions that required schools to purchase services from the central office under SLAs and required any future changes that risk job loss to be approved by the board of trustees. 

During the September 30, 2021, joint meeting of the Nevada State Board of Education and CCSD, board members and trustees heard a presentation on why the SLAs in place did not meet all of the requirements of state regulations.

This agenda item was brought before the board with the purpose of 1) bringing CCSD into compliance with NAC 388G as it relates to SLAs, and 2) completing full transfers of responsibilities for items that the Superintendent recommends be carried out by schools under the full authority of the principal.

In order to correct the compliance with NAC 388G, CCSD must either bring the existing SLAs into compliance which would allow principals to opt-out of the service, or remove the SLAs. The District’s position is that it’s not in the best interest of students or principals to opt out of most of these services, and the right path would be to remove the agreements. This would give the District the ability to implement SLAs only in cases where the agreements can be implemented in support of providing equitable and adequate services to all students and schools in partnership with principals, with the advice of SOTs, and in full compliance with NAC 388G.

CCSD central office presented the following four recommendations based on feedback from stakeholders and compliance with NAC 388G: 

  • Recommendation 1: The transfer of responsibility to schools to carry out English Language Learner Placement Testing Personnel services without the requirement to purchase services from the District under a service level agreement.
  • Recommendation 2: The transfer of responsibility for Utilities and Trash Disposal from schools back to central office and the implementation of an energy conservation rebate program to encourage efforts to conserve energy at all schools
  • Recommendation 3: The transfer of responsibility for Landscape Maintenance to rural schools with principals who accept the responsibility without the requirement to purchase services from the District under a service level agreement and the transfer of responsibility for Landscape Maintenance from all other schools back to central office.
  • Recommendation 4: The transfer of responsibility for all remaining responsibilities currently transferred to schools under a service level agreement from schools back to central office.

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

  • The exclusion of names of the individuals and schools that participated in the feedback to allow for follow-up.
  • Opposition to Section 4 and the need to provide as much autonomy as possible to schools so that decisions are made with individual students in mind.
  • Gratitude that recommendations are being brought forth in an effort to make progress.
  • Concerns about the position rural schools with be put in based on the recommendations.
  • Lack of clarity around why these recommendations are coming forth at this particular time.
  • Concerns about the low number of survey participants.

Trustees and presenters discussed the need to clarify that the Section 4 recommendation refers only to the specific agreements outlined in the supplemental document, the implications on cost savings, potential challenges if the agenda item did not pass, and the implications on strategic budgets due to principals on January 15.

A motion passed 7-0 to approve a call for the question.

A motion passed 6-1 to approve the transfers of responsibilities in Recommendations 1-3 as written as well as in Recommendation 4 with a friendly amendment to specifically state that the recommendation is applicable only to the agreements presented in the supplemental document.

Click here to view the transfer of responsibilities supplemental document.

Click here to read about this agenda item in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Click here to view written public comment submitted online.

Trustees Adopted the 2021-2022 Amended Final Budget

In accordance with NRS 354.598005(9), CCSD must file an amended final budget no later than January 1 of each year. The final budget will be submitted to the County Auditor and filed with the Department of Education, the Department of Taxation, and the County Clerk. The Board heard a presentation on the modifications from the 2021-2022 final budget.

Highlights:

  • There are still uncertainties related to the COVID-19 fiscal impact, enrollment, and strategic objectives related to the use of ESSER III federal funding – CCSD will continue to monitor and evaluate these uncertainties.
  • Student enrollment is predicted at 302,000 students for FY2022.
  • CCSD has spent/allocated the following federal funds: $84 million under ESSER I, $346 million under ESSER II, and $778 million under ESSER III.
  • The pupil-centered funding plan is in place. The plan has two main elements: 1) the base funding amount allocated for every K-12 student, and 2) the weighted funding amounts allocated for students at risk of not graduating with their cohort, English language learners, and students in gifted and talented programs. Programs funded outside of the pupil-centered funding plan include federally funded programs such as special education, National School Lunch State Match, Career & Technical Education, Title grants, and non-K-12 programs including Pre-K and the Teach Nevada Scholarship.
  • The 2022 budget includes a significant increase in funds from the previous fiscal year budget due to monies moved in that were previously grant-funded as well as additional funding from the per-pupil funding plan. The increased funding will be utilized for employee raises, increases in medical benefit contributions, increasing the unassigned fund balance, and operational needs.

Click here to view the presentation. 

Click here to view the budget narrative.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared public comments regarding: 

  • Gratitude to trustees and the superintendent.
  • Concerns regarding support staff pay.
  • The need for the district to support teachers with tools necessary to support students in cultural competency.
  • Wonderings about whether the Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF) has helped with Nevada’s national ranking and concerns about measures outlined for educators.
  • Lack of classroom supplies for teachers.
  • Concerns with the new grading policy.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 12/10/20

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.

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. 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. 

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.


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

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 Announced Board Meetings To Air On CCTV

Trustees announced that Clark County will now air CCSD Board of Trustees meetings to improve access and provide greater transparency for the public. 

Click here to read more about this from 8 News Now Las Vegas.

Trustees Approved Consent Agenda 

Highlights: 

Trustees Discussed Availability of Mental Health Services for Students and Staff

The Trustees approved spending of $761,000 to purchase a districtwide data platform and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and wellbeing universal assessment for all students and staff. The program would allow for early intervention and tiered supports for students as well as guide staff to services and resources that fit their needs. The funds for this initiative, paid through the Assembly Bill 3 Block Grant and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), would support its implementation through December 10, 2021. 

Trustees expressed their support for the program and agreed that mental health services must improve at all levels and at all schools. Some trustees brought up concerns about the sustainability of the program beyond the one-year it is currently committed. Trustees discussed their commitment to continue looking for creative solutions for all students and staff to receive mental health support. More information on the program will be available during the January 2021 meeting. 

Click here to see the proposal.

Trustees Approved Two Namesakes

In October 2020, the School Name Committee (SNC) considered nominations for one new elementary school and one new middle school facility to be named. The SNC recommended Hannah Marie Brown as a school namesake for the Clark County School District based on her contributions to education. The SNC also recommended Barry and June Gunderson citing their positive influence on the District and the Las Vegas community. The Trustees provided their broad support for both Hannah Marie Brown and Barry and June Gunderson to be added as a namesake for the District. 

Click here to see the Hannah Marie Brown school name proposal. 
Click here to see the Barry and June Gunderson school name proposal. 

Trustees Adopted the 2021 Amended Final Budget

In accordance with NRS 354.598005(9), CCSD must file an amended final budget no later than January 1, 2021. The final budget will be submitted to the County Auditor and filed with the Department of Education, the Department of Taxation, and the County Clerk. The Board heard a presentation from Jason Goudie, CCSD’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), on the modifications from the 2020-2021 final budget. 

While the budget includes predictions for changes in revenues, there are still uncertainties regarding the fiscal impact of COVID-19, enrollment, reduced reserve funds, the outcome of the Senate Bill 551 court case, and plans to remain in distance learning or return to a model with students in school buildings. 

As part of the Education Stabilization Fund in the CARES Act, the District received Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to address the impact of COVID-19. The District plans to utilize a large portion of the ESSER funds for utilities, personal protective equipment for employees, and technology services.

Due to the impact of Assembly Bill 3, CCSD’s CFO anticipated a shortfall of $93 million in the District’s budget, reducing support for several programs including the New Nevada Education Funding, Read by Grade 3, and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE). However, utilizing available funds from ESSER, additional reserves, and cuts to strategic budget plans, the District was able to restore the three programs. 

The budget reflects an increase in the cost-per-pupil by $68 from 2020, totalling $6,135 per student. Adding special education funds and local/federal funding outside of the District’s Distributive school Account (DSA), the total per pupil revenue is $7,938. This year, the District saw a decrease in student enrollment, which led to a decrease in revenue from the state by around $62 million. 

The budget also includes an unassigned funding balance of 2.25%. This will not serve as a rainy day fund, rather it is intended to drive bond ratings. An ending fund balance of at least 2% is required by district Regulation-3110.

Click here to view the presentation.
Click here to view the amendments.

Trustees Approved Employment Agreement for Vegas PBS

Trustees approved the employment agreement for Mary Mazur as the President and General Manager of Vegas PBS. Trustees thanked the outgoing President and General Manager, Tom Axtell, for his service to the community and his work to support students with disabilities.

Click here to view the employment contract. 

Trustees Approved Memorandum of Agreements With Education Support Employees Association

Trustees voted to approve two memoranda of agreements negotiated between the District and the Education Support Employees Association (ESEA).  The first memorandum extends the term for CCSD employees to donate sick leave for COVID-19 health issues to June 30, 2021. The second memorandum temporarily allows CCSD employees to perform work outside of their general work duties or eliminate any need for a reduction in workforce. This allows for flexibility of work during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Click here to view these agreements.

Trustees Honored Outgoing Board Members

Trustees took time to honor and thank Trustees Deanna Wright, Chris Garvey, and Linda Young for their years of contribution to the students, educators, and families in the district. 


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Nevada Ed-Watch 5/18/20

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.

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 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.


Thursday, May 18, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Special Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

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.

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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

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 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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