Nevada Ed-Watch 9/12/19

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

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

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, September 12, 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:

  • Praise for the new CCSD Parent Advisory Committee 
  • School Organizational Team (SOT) elections 
  • School funding
  • Raises for Support Staff 
  • Diversifying school administrators

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights:

  • School facility upgrades
  • Grant to hire 35 new school police officers and 5 sergeants
  • Contract with the NWEA to provide school-based supports and services related to the NWEA MAP growth assessment

Trustees Heard Updates on CCSD Focus 2024 Priorities

Below is a summary of the updates presented to Trustees related to the priorities of the CCSD strategic plan (Focus 2024):

Chronic Absenteeism 

The way chronic absenteeism is calculated changed in the 2018-2019 school year. Initially, a student who missed more than 18-days of school was considered chronically absent. Under the 2019 Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF), a student that is absent 10% or more of the total days enrolled will be identified as chronically absent. A student would have to be enrolled in a school for at least 91 days of the current school year to be included in this calculation, according to the NSPF Guidebook.

Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rates:

  • 2018-2019 Target: 19.7%
  • 2018-2019 Actual: 17.3%
  • 2019-2020 Target: 17.7%

Chronic Absenteeism Gaps Between Subgroups:

  • 2018-2019 Target: 17.6% between the highest and lowest subgroups
  • 2018-2019 Actual: 17.8% between the highest and lowest subgroups

Click here to see the presentation about Chronic Absenteeism.

Parent and Community Support Goals:

  • Leverage internal resources to help parents/guardians support student achievement and attendance.
  • Secure strategic external resources and community partners
  • Improve trust in and perception of the Clark County School District
  • Click here to see metrics on the above Parent and Community Support goals

Student Success Goals:

  •  Decrease the number of student suspensions
  •  Decrease the disproportionality in the rate of student suspensions
  •  Decrease the number of student discretionary expulsion referrals
  •  Decrease the disproportionality in the rate of student discretionary expulsion referrals
  • Click here to see metrics on the above Student Success goals

Sound Fiscal Management Goals:

  • Provide effective and reliable network connectivity for schools
  • Improve business process efficiency related to human capital management
  • Reduce “on-hold” wait time for calls to user support desk
  • Click here to see metrics on the above Fiscal Management goals

Trustees Discussed an Agreement Between CCSD and the County Commission for the Open Schools Open Doors Policy

Trustees discussed a proposed contract between CCSD and the Clark County Commission to allow the use of school property for non-school activities outside of school hours.

The proposed agreement would include approving an initial 9 participating schools,  plus up to 10 more schools to be selected by CCSD by the end of the year. It would also require Clark County to cover any expenses related to damages that occur during county-scheduled events.

Considerations for the selection of participating school sites included:

  • Bureau of Land Management agreement restrictions
  • Associate Superintendent recommendations
  • Willingness of principals to participate
  • Ensuring each CCSD trustee and each Clark County Commissioner has a participating school within their district boundary lines

The proposed agreement did not have support from all Trustees present. Some Trustees questioned the County’s willingness to sign the agreement, and expressed concerns about safety and property damage. Rather than approving the item with a split vote, Trustees requested updates to the agreement as well as the planning and implementation of the policy– which included:

  • Gathering input from principals and the community about the policy
  • Transparency in the school selection process
  • Regular updates from principals regarding implementation

Public Comment: Members of the public expressed concerns about safety, liability, and making Open Schools Open Doors a funding priority.

Trustees Approved the Police Union Contract

Trustees approved an agreement with the Police Administrators Association of the Clark County School District Police Department.

The agreement includes the following for the CCSD Police Department lieutenants and captains:

  • 3% salary increase
  • 4% insurance contributions increase
  • Step increases for eligible employees

Click here to see the agreement.

 Trustees Approved the Amended Teachers Union Contract

Trustees approved an amendment to the negotiated agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Educators Association (CCEA), which includes step increases for teachers who completed the professional growth program.

The annual estimated CCSD teacher salary cost is $3.15 billion.

Click here to see the CCEA Contract Amendment.

Click here to read about this in the Nevada Independent.

Trustee reports:

  • 18 out of 18 students contacted participated in the 2019-2020 Student Advisory Committee. This year, the structure of the Student Advisory Committee has shifted from a formal board structure (subject to open meeting law) to a roundtable model. 

Superintendent Reports:

  • An agreement with the Education Support Employees Association (ESEA) was reached. Click here to read about this on CCSD Newsroom.
  • Fingerprinting fees have been revised for volunteers and employees. 
  • Budget
    • The district forecasts closing the fiscal year in better standing than originally anticipated. An amended final budget is being developed.  A deficit is still anticipated for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Recognition for Triggs Elementary School for preliminary data that indicates the school improved from a 2-star to a 5-star rating in 1-year.

Potential Future Agenda Items:

  • Review of current wellness policy related to recess

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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

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

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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Nevada Ed-Watch 2/14/19

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.

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

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, February 14, 2019

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Unanimously Approve the Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights:

  • Contract approval to demolish old Bishop Gorman campus on Maryland Parkway to allow for building of new facility for Global Community High School.
  • MOU between CCSD and Jewish Family Services Agency to implement a Foster Grandparent Program.
  • Approval of a $1.2 million settlement to three families. No further details are provided. Click here to read about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Trustees Adopt Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessment for Grades K-8 to be Administered Three (3) Times Per Year

Trustees voted to approve a contract to administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment for all students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade three times per year.

Teachers will receive professional development and training in test administration, data analysis, communicating with students about their progress.  

The MAP assessment will takes 1-2% of instructional time to implement (98% of instructional minutes are not spent on testing).

Trustees noted in the discussion that this assessment data will follow kids if they move schools, and expressed support following conversations with teachers and principals.

Policy Language Updates

Trustees accepted $1,000 for the Board’s annual Susan Brager Occupational Education Scholarship.

Minor updates were made to two policies (click to see the updated policy language):

Trustees vote 6-1 to approve an MOU with Clark County to Discuss the Shared Use of Outdoor Spaces on School Properties for Events

The MOU will allow CCSD to engage in discussion with the County to implement a small pilot program of 5 schools to test sharing outdoor spaces on school property for use by the County. CCSD acknowledges that use of these spaces must be unique to each school in order to address safety and other concerns, rather than implementing uniform rules for all school involved. Some schools already have facilities use agreements with the community, and the superintendent stated that this would be a formalization of that process.

The district has set aside $35,000 to support the pilot program. Funds are set aside to cover any potential damages, and to provide stipends to schools for employees to conduct paid duties such as lock/unlock gates and/or supervise activities.

There were a number of concerns addressed by Trustees, based on conversations with principals and other staff. Those concerns included:

  • Supervision
  • Scheduling
  • Liability
  • Damage
  • Trash
  • Maintenance/upkeep of land
  • Safety

Supt. Jara assured Trustees that each of these issues will be addressed on a school by school basis.

Five (5) Trustees voted to move forward under the conditions that principals are heavily involved in the process, and that Trustees remain informed about discussions and progress.

Public Comment:

  • Member of the public hopes that West Las Vegas will be included, stating that there are few fields and parks to access in the neighborhood.
  • Principal requested that the MOU not be signed in order to allow for more time to gather input from principals.

Click here to see the MOU.

Trustee Reports

Trustees voted unanimously on staff recommendations to reconstitute, including receivership, due to chronic low performance at two charter schools authorized by CCSD: 100 Academy of Excellence (Elementary School and Middle School) and The Delta Academy (Middle School and High School).

  • The Florence McClure women’s prison program has started. Click here to see a summary of the November 8th, 2018 Trustees meeting, when they heard a presentation about the program.
  • Harvard Doctoral Students in the Educational Leadership program students are studying magnet school diversity, improving recruitment and retention of students to magnet schools, the district reorganization, and Social Emotional Learning. They will provide Trustees with a report including the best research on these topics.
  • Strategic reallocation of Title I funding: Superintendent Jara provided an overview of the strategic decision to shift the Title I funding eligibility from 40% to 60% FRL. The superintendent stated that the historical 40% allocation diluted resources and limited opportunities to intensify resources where they are needed most. States across the country place the requirement at 75%. Trustee concerns were raised about changing the requirement, but the discussion was tabled because it was not an agenda item.
  • New regional superintendents introduced themselves. Click here to read about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Public Comment:

Members of the public provided testimony to Trustees regarding:

  • Member of support staff thanked CCSD employees who helped resolve a previously raised concern, and Superintendent Jara for hearing from support staff and working on solutions to issues that impact them.
  • Parent expressed concerns about a child’s exposure to mace at school, resulting in an ER visit and $10,000 in medical bills. The parent alleged that the police report was falsified.
  • Concern about employees affected by the adjustment to Title I funding eligibility– from serving student populations of 40% poverty to 60% poverty.
  • Community member expressed the need for more African American representation on  committees that the Board of Trustees are appointed to.
  • Educator expressed support of increased per-pupil funding, hopes to see Trustees advocate for it at the legislature.
  • Concerns about the lack of diversity among the CCSD leadership team.
  • Educator requests Trustees lobby for changes to the Nevada star rating system to alter how school performance is measured.

Potential Future Items:

  • Discuss alignment between new regional superintendents and the district reorganization.

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