Nevada Ed-Watch 7/18/19

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

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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

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, July 18, 2019

Clark County School District Board of Trustees + County Commission Special Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

This special meeting was called to facilitate collaboration between CCSD Trustees and the Clark County Commission on decisions that affect both bodies.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided testimony to Trustees and Commissioners regarding:

  • Funding for Pre-K programs
  • Support for the Open Schools Open Doors Program 
  • Encouraging accountability and transparency throughout the process of allocating program funds
  • Concerns about school funding

Trustees & Commissioners Discussed Open Schools Open Doors Program 

The Open Schools Open Doors Program allows the broader community to use school property after hours. 

Trustees and Commissioners were informed about a number of barriers to launching the program, including complications with federal regulations for public land use. Commissioners and CCSD Staff expressed a commitment to navigate any challenges necessary to launch the program. 

A pilot to test this program with five schools was approved at the February 14, 2019 board meeting. The pilot has been discontinued– shifting the focus to launching the program at full scale with all CCSD schools.

Click here to read about this in the Nevada Independent.

Trustees and Commissioners Discussed Utilizing AB309 Tax Dollars

Assembly Bill (AB) 309 authorizes the county to impose a .25 percent increase to sales and use tax. The money can be used by districts to address early childhood education, adult education, truancy reduction, homelessness reduction, affordable housing, recruitment and retention of licensed teachers for high-vacancy schools, and workforce training programs. 

The increase in sales and use taxes is estimated to bring $108,000,000 per year. Commissioners noted their belief that the intent of AB309 was for 50% of new tax dollars to be allocated to the following education initiatives:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Adult Education
  • Truancy Reduction
  • Recruitment and Retention of Licensed Teachers for High-Vacancy Schools 

Trustees presented program ideas for potential allocation of the funds, including ideas proposed by community members at the Special Board Meeting on July 12, 2019

Trustees expressed a commitment to ensure funded programs are properly vetted and aligned to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

This discussion will be continued at the next regular Trustee board meeting, as well as at the next County Commission meeting. CCSD Staff will also provide the County Commission a report in 2-weeks regarding the status of their progress. 

Click here to read about this in the Nevada Independent.

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