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.
Monday, January 14, 2021
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.
Trustees Approve Consent Agenda
Consent Agenda Highlights:
- Authorization to submit an application for the City of Henderson’s Business License Funds Program to support education in identified Henderson schools through online programs, professional learning, and tutoring programs.
- Grant award acceptance of $400,000 from the Nevada Department of Education to provide professional learning and purchase instructional supplies for computer science instruction.
- Purchase awards totaling $8,206,692.00.
Trustees Approve Resolution in Support of iNVest Priorities
iNVest was created in 2003 by the Nevada Association of School Superintendents to align Nevada school districts’ priorities for Nevada Legislative Sessions. The group worked in collaboration to develop the following priorities for 2021 Nevada Legislative Session: Funding, Connecting, and Streamlining. Trustees discussed the need to ensure that CCSD’s legislative priorities are aligned to the InVest Priorities.
Trustees Hear Nevada Educator Performance Framework Results
The annual performance of teachers and school administrators is measured by the Nevada Educator Performance Framework. Performance is measured against the three (3) categories listed below, varying by “weight,” or how much a category will impact the overall rating.
- Instructional Practice Standards and Indicators weight: 65%
- Professional Responsibilities Standards and Indicators weight: 20%
- Student Performance weight: 15%
Based on total scores in the above categories, teachers and school administrators are ranked overall as:
- Highly Effective
Teachers and school administrators that have already received a rating of Highly Effective for the two previous consecutive years are exempt from evaluation (in accordance with NRS 391.690).
Teacher 2019-2020 NEPF Results
- Exempt: 2% (338)
- Highly Effective: 14% (2,000)
- Effective: 83% (11,574)
- Developing: <1% (47)
- Ineffective: <1% (11)
School Administrator 2019-2020 NEPF Results
- Exempt: 3% (14)
- Highly Effective: 28% (157)
- Effective: 69% (387)
- Developing: <1% (2)
- Ineffective: 0% (0)
Click here to see the presentation.
Trustees Approve Memorandum of Agreement with CCEA (4-2-1)
The Memorandum of Agreement outlines the agreement with the Clark County Educators Association regarding the transition to full-time in-person learning for grades K-3. At this time, there is no timeline for returning to school buildings for in-person learning.
Upon the return of licensed teachers to school buildings for in-person learning, teachers will be required to follow specific health and safety guidelines. Highlights of the agreement include mandatory random symptom testing in addition to daily symptom monitoring, and participation in contract tracing if tested positive for COVID-19. The district agrees to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for all teachers.
Trustees discussed the need to ensure that all educator voices are represented when agreements are made with collective bargaining units. Two trustees voted nay, with one trustee abstaining from the vote due to a conflict of interest.
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Trustees Approve Voluntary Reopening of School Buildings
Trustees unanimously approved a voluntary reopening proposal that provides all school building principals with the autonomy to decide whether to open their school buildings to students. Schools that open will still engage in the current distance learning model. Principals can decide the configuration of their return, however, their plan must be approved by their region superintendent. Principals will work with their school community to prioritize students with high needs based on student achievement data, social-emotional factors, access to reliable technology, and attendance. Staff and students will return on a voluntary basis aligned to the approved plan, though transportation will not be available for students.
Trustees discussed the need to ensure staff and student health is prioritized. Additionally, trustees expressed concerns that students may not be equitably served with this model. Trustees were also provided with an overview of the shift in academics and grading, improvements to distance learning, and social-emotional supports. Presentation highlights:
- 90.4% of comprehensive schools assigned more F grades than last year.
- 11.2% of students who received an F earned only A’s and B’s in Fall 2019.
- Within the Lifeline social-emotional support pilot program, staff conducted 4,359 virtual wellness checks, 1,403 in-person wellness checks, and 30 suicide protocols.
- Improvements to distance learning included professional development courses for all educators, live support hours, and content area distance education leader sessions.
Click here to view the presentation.