Nevada Ed-Watch 9/13/18

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 13, 2018
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda 

What actions were taken during this meeting?

Bond Oversight Committee: Trustees appointed a new member to the committee, which is an appointed body that ensures accountability by providing oversight of financials, bonds, and investments for the district’s capital improvement program.

Click here for more details.

Travel Policy: Trustees approved a motion for the Superintendent to review the travel of Trustees from 2016 to present to ensure all travel has followed policy guidelines.

Click here to access the Trustee travel policy.

Teachers’ Union Agreement: Trustees approved a new agreement with CCEA (the local teacher’s union that is approved to negotiate) that includes an increase to teacher compensation. The total costs of this agreement is $17.9 million dollars.

Public Comment: Members of the public in favor of the agreement expressed appreciation to the Trustees and CCEA for working together on behalf of teachers. Additionally, those in favor recognized the agreement as a viable solution to moving forward and supporting student learning. Those opposed felt that the agreement did not go far enough to address issues involving health insurance for teachers, and that the agreement does not address the needs of other professional unions, including school police and support staff.

Click here to read about this in the Review-Journal. Click here to see the agreement.

Trustees closed 4 separate lawsuits totaling $14,640,000. This includes $700,000 to Hailee Lamberth’s family (click here to read more about this), $6,890,000 to the Education Support Employees Association, and 2 more anonymous cases in the combined amount of $7,050,000.

What’s Next? Trustee Requests for Future Agenda Items:

  • Review and consider increasing pay for substitute teachers (Trustee Child).
  • Identify a consultant to create a Request For Proposals to move the district to using only solar energy (Trustee Child).
  • Consider the use of bond money to pay for new security cameras and systems for all schools (Trustee Child).
  • Report request on the status of building new schools to alleviate overcrowding (Trustee Child).
  • Review a resolution proposed by Fund Our Future Nevada, encouraging increased education funding in Nevada (Trustees Edwards & Cavazos).
  • Hear updates on Superintendent Jara’s newly formed School Safety Committee (Trustee Cavazos).
  • See presentations on school star ratings by each Trustee district, including hot spots that highlight achievement gaps between schools, and between student subgroups; Discuss action to close those gaps (Trustee Brooks).
  • See presentation from Library Services on the impact of the District Reorganization (AB469) on cuts to librarian positions (Trustee Garvey).

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