Nevada Ed Watch 4/25/19

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, April 25, 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:

  • Request for support of infrastructure improvements at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.
  • Concerns about the CCSD budget and request for more public input.
  • Concerns about student proficiency levels in reading and writing.
  • Advocacy for more funding for schools.
  • Concerns about overcrowding in classrooms and pay rates for teachers and support staff.
  • Concerns about replacing the vacant positions of CCSD staff who have retired.
  • Concerns about achievement gaps, disproportionate disciplinary action, and implicit racial bias district-wide.
  • Teachers at Decker Elementary provided testimony opposing the nonrenewal of their contracts. They shared concerns about school leadership, school culture, and lack of professional development opportunities. It was noted that Trustees do not have the ability to overrule nonrenewal decisions. Click here to read about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Trustees Unanimously Approve the Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights:

  • Application for a NoVo Foundation Innovation in Social and Emotional Learning Grant to continue to partner with community-based organizations to help students foster socio-emotional skills through creative expression.
  • Nonrenewal of probationary unified contracts and licensed contracts
  • Nevada Department of Transportation funded a four-year project to supplement the School-Community Partnership Program Office’s existing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, which focuses on educating students and parents on pedestrian safety while encouraging more students to bicycle to and from school.

Trustees Hear Updates from the Student School Board Advisory Committee

At the last Student Advisory Committee meeting on April 2nd, the following topics were discussed:

  • Teaching and learning reorganizing
  • CCSD’s legislative priorities and how students can engage in the legislative process
  • College and career readiness for high school students

Applications for new student Board members will be available to principals in May. Students interested in being on the Board can pick up applications from their school offices.

Trustees Unanimously Approve Revisions to the Sex Education Advisory Committee By-Laws

The revisions were related to the composition of the Recommending Committee. Each Trustee will now appoint one member to the Committee, and one non-voting liaison from the Curriculum and Professional Development division (recommended by the Superintendent). The Recommending Committee will then select the members of the Sex Education Advisory Committee.

Trustees Unanimously Approve a Chief of Facilities Employment Agreement

David P. McKinnis is the new Chief of Facilities for the District, beginning May 29th. Click here to see the employment agreement.

Trustees Heard an Update on the Qualitative Budget Forecast

CCSD’s Chief Finance Officer reported that the ending fund balance is still as projected at the beginning of the year.

Click here to see the presentation.


Potential Future Agenda Items

  • Address teacher concerns related to school and district culture
  • Information about Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council’s On Strategy program, which could include a real-time dashboard to track goals outlined in CCSD’s strategic plan (Focus 2024)
  • Update on the Florence McClure educational program
  • Discuss potential modifications to dress code policies
  • Discuss potential marketing revenue opportunities (advertising and sponsorships)
  • A presentation on CCSD’s existing digital marketing platforms, and opportunities to leverage those platforms to promote additional support for schools.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 3/5/19

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00AM. Click here to see the 2019 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. There is a time limit of three minutes per speaker. Members of the community providing testimony must fill out a visitor card, available on-site the day of the meeting.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Nevada State Board of Education Hiring Sub-Committee Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Hiring Sub-Committee Selects Semi-Finalists for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Position

The Hiring Sub-Committee is made up of the following Board Members:

  • Member Newburn, chair
  • Member Ortiz, vice chair
  • Member Holmes-Sutton, parent representative
  • Member Hudson, voice of teachers
  • Member Carter, member from the north

Sub-Committee members voted for the State Board to interview the following semi-finalists for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction position:

  • David Donaldson
  • Marion Smith Jr.
  • Jhone Ebert
  • Kristen McNeill
  • Brett Barley
  • Seng-Dao Yang Keo

Tammy Malich and Icela Pelayo were selected as alternative candidates (in that order) to be interviewed in the event that anyone from the above list declines an interview.

Interviews will take place at the State Board meeting on March 12th. Then, three candidates will be selected to be submitted to the Governor’s office for final selection.

Board members are submitting interview questions for review by Human Resources and General Council. Questions will not be publicly available and the Board will not see the final round of questions until the meeting next week.

Read more about this in the Review Journal

Read more 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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