Nevada Ed-Watch 1/14/21

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.


Monday, January 14, 2021

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 & here to view public comment on agenda items.

Trustees Approve Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights: 

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. 

Click here to view the resolution.
Click here to view the overview.

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
  • Effective
  • Developing
  • Ineffective

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. 

Click here to view the agreement. 

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. 

Click here to read about this in The Nevada Independent.
Click here to read about this in The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 9/27/18

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.

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.


Thurs, September 27, 2018
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda 


What happened at this meeting?

Student School Board Advisory Committee shares updates with the Board

The president of the Student School Board Advisory Committee shared updates about the first meeting of the committee. The meeting included representatives from 15 high schools, where they elected the executive committee and set an agenda. They will be sharing more information on their meetings with the Trustees in the future.

Board approves support of iNvest, a legislative platform created by Nevada superintendents.

iNVest is a legislative platform launched in 2003 that was collaboratively produced by superintendents across Nevada. Every other year, the superintendents create a document to reflect on current issues facing K-12 educators in the State. The document has been the cornerstone of the superintendents’ answer to the question, “What is needed to improve student achievement in Nevada?”

Click here to see 5 resolutions for Trustees in support of iNVest 2019.

Public Comment – Members of the community expressed concerns about:

  • The need for categorical funding to support employee raises that cannot be repurposed.
  • Identifying the need for quality teachers and leaders without a clear definition of what a quality means.
  • Addressing the fact that taking funds away from schools that see improvement should be changed.

The theme of the discussion was to ensure a starting point for a conversation with the legislature and feeling united. 

Read more about iNVest in the Nevada Independent.

Board approves salary increase for CCSD Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Jason Goudie.

Trustees discussed creating a standard contract template for cabinet members. Superintendent Jara has committed to bringing a resolution to address this concern. Motion passes 4-3.

Click here to see the salary increase contract.

Board approves recentralization of CCSD police services.

Board discussion included concerns about rural schools within the Clark County School District that are facing challenges with police officer availability and response time.

Trustees would like to continue to discuss a solution for consistent school police presence at rural schools.

Board discusses Stop the Bleed emergency training.

Michael Wilson (Director of Emergency Management) presented information to the Board about Stop the Bleed emergency training. Stop the Bleed is an awareness campaign and call to action to educate non-emergency personnel to support emergency triage (prioritization of treatment based on severity in the event of a medical emergencies).

Trustees requested additional information about the program, including cost and structure, to be presented at the next board meeting.

Public comment in support of the training addressed a need to increase capacity of emergency providers to train broader school communities.

Board communications with superintendent.

Trustee Wright asked all Trustees to be fingerprinted and background checked to meet the same bar as school-based volunteers.


What’s Next? 

  • Presentation by Fund our Future Nevada
  • Additional information about Stop the Bleed emergency training program, including cost and structure, to be presented.
  • Template for future cabinet level contracts.
  • Request for an update on the teacher pay letter based on public comment.
  • Request to discuss fundraising at schools and the associated risks.

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