Nevada Ed-Watch 3/14/19

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.

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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, March 14, 2019

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 provided testimony to Trustees regarding:

  • Funding a Legacy Project at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts to improve the safety and infrastructure of the school site.
  • Discrimination concerns at Tarkanian Middle School
  • Employee morale and pay concerns
  • Introduction of new Associate Superintendent, Anne Hembrick

Trustees Unanimously Approve the Consent Agenda

Trustees pulled the following items from the Consent Agenda for discussion:

  • Approval of an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CCSD and the UNLV College of Education that will allow high school students to enroll in courses at the College of Education prior to graduating high school (the Rebel TEACH program). Schools will cover the $50 course fee (through Title I or general fund) for students eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL). Click here to see the agreement.
  • Approval to pay $2,352,000.00 to cover Advanced Placement (AP) exam fees for over 19,000 high school students.
  • Concerns regarding disproportionality of minority students being expelled.

Trustees Unanimously Approve Guardrails and Expectations Agreement with the Superintendent

Trustees approved the Guardrails page of an agreement developed from multiple discussions at Board retreats to improve communications and set clear expectations with the Superintendent.

Trustees Approve Revisions to the Sex Education Advisory Committee Bylaws (6-1 vote)   

The updates were related to the composition and role of the Recommending Committee, as it relates to recommending members for the Sex Education Advisory Committee. Each Trustee will appoint one person from their district to serve on the Sex Education Advisory Committee. No more than two members from each Trustee district can be recommended to the Sex Education Advisory Committee.

The Sex Education Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing the content and materials used in instruction related to the human reproductive system, communicable diseases, sexual responsibility, and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

Click here to see the bylaws.

Trustees Approve April 22nd as Make-Up Day (5-2 vote)

April 22nd will make-up the snow day on February 22. The Superintendent will send an email to principals stating that teachers cannot be penalized for taking  a personal day on April 22nd. The Superintendent will also work with the support staff union to ensure they also receive make-up time.

The 2019 Spring Break schedule has been modified to run from April 13 to April 21.

Trustees Unanimously Approve Performance Pay for Principals Recruited to Eligible Schools (a 3-Year Pilot Program)

Trustees approved a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) with the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-technical Employees for principals leading targeted schools to receive recruitment and retention supplemental pay based on school-improvement criteria.

Supplemental Pay Criteria Highlights:

  • A recruitment stipend ($12,500) if the school’s star rating improves by 2 levels (from a 1-star to a 3-star), or if the rating improves more than 2 levels (to a star rating of 4 or 5).
  • A retention stipend ($12,500) if the school’s star rating improves from a 3-star to a 4- or 5-star.
  • An additional $5,000 if the schools star rating remains a 3, 4, or 5.

Eligible schools are:

  • Harold Brinley Middle School
  • Carroll Johnston Middle School
  • Jerome Mack Middle School
  • Mario C. and JoAnne Monaco Middle School
  • William Orr Middle School
  • Marvin M. Sedway Middle School
  • Ed Von Tobel Middle School
  • Preparatory Institute, School for Academic Excellence at Charles I. West (West Prep)

Click here to see the agreement.

Trustees Unanimously Approved a New Provision Regarding a Ready By Grade Three Full-Time Learning Strategist

Trustees approved entering a Memorandum of Understanding with the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) to exempt the full-time learning strategist position from the Read by Grade Three provisions.

Click here to see the agreement.

Potential Future Items:

  • Facilities Repair Index List
  • Guidance on NSPF changes
  • Contingency Days
  • Risk Management Plan

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