Nevada Ed-Watch 10/10/19

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.

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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.

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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, October 10, 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:

  • Concerns from parents about Canyon Springs High School 
  • The need for teacher librarians to support student success
  • Gratitude for being included in State Superintendent Ebert’s listening tour round table
  • The need for additional training for School Organization Teams (SOTs)
  • Concerns about barriers faced by immigrant children, including accessing higher education and  a lack of knowledge among counselors about college access programs and scholarships for undocumented students
  • Concerns about the safety of custodians who are working alone at night 
  • Concerns  about the change in leadership at West Prep
  • Commending public schools that were recognized in Opportunity 180’s 2018-19 Top Schools Report 
  • Concerns about the capacity of counselors in schools

Trustees Heard Updates on Risk Assessment Results Aligned to Focus 2024 

Below is a summary of the updates presented to Trustees about risk assessment, a component of the CCSD strategic plan (Focus 2024).

  • Objective 1: Reduce the number of safety concerns responded to in exchange for a more proactive assessments of the sites.
    • Liability claims related to facility safety issues
      • 2018-2019 Actual: 9%
      • 2019-2020 Goal: 22%
    • Workers’ compensation claims related to facility safety issues
      • 2018-2019 Actual: 12%
      • 2019-2020 Target: 35%
    • Property claims related to facility safety issues
      • 2018-2019 Actual: 16%
      • 2019-2020 Target: 15%
  • Objective 2: Increase the number of completed risk assessments by 10% each year
    • 2018-2019 Actual: 53%
    • 2019-2020 Target: 60% 
  • Objective 3: Reduce the number of workers’ compensation claims that have 5 or more days away from work after an injury
    • 2018-2019 Actual: 18%
    • 2019-2020 Target: 19%

A member of the public provided testimony about poor experiences working with the CCSD Risk Management Department. 

Click here to see the presentation.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

The consent agenda included a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CSSD and Project 150 to provide year-long food, clothing, hygiene products, and school supplies to high school students.

Trustees Approved a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Police Officers Association of the Clark County School District

The agreement includes:

  • A 6.9% increase in salary if an officer is placed in a position of increased responsibility
  • A 4% increase in health insurance contributions for each employee

The fiscal impact of this agreement is approximately $1,129,000.00

 Click here to see the agreement.

Trustees Approved a Teacher Incentive Pilot Program

Trustees approved an amended agreement with the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) to incentivize teachers to work at targeted schools for supplemental pay. The pilot program will be effective through June 2022.

In the first year of the pilot program, teachers receive an annual salary supplement of $10,000, and an additional $5,000 based on student outcomes. Teachers in the program will have an extended work day, including  an additional 34-minutes of planning time.

Click here to see the agreement.

Trustees discussed the dismissal of three (3) CCSD principals at chronically underperforming schools. Trustees also expressed a need to ensure that principals selected for these positions are highly qualified in school improvement, while also taking equity and diversity into consideration throughout the hiring process.

Trustees Approved an Anonymous Misconduct Reporting System 

Trustees approved a Purchasing Agreement with NAVEX Global, Inc. to purchase an incident management software system (Ethicspoint) and hotline for employees to easily report issues or instances of fraud, abuse, and other misconduct– in their native language. The system will be available 24/7 over the phone or online. Submissions are confidential and can be submitted anonymously.

The approximate total initial cost of the system is $49,430.65.

Ethicspoint is expected to launch in January 2020.

Click here to see the presentation.

Click here to read about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. 

Trustee Reports

  • Trustee Cepeda attended a National Association of School Boards (NASB) meeting for professional development
  • Trustee Cepeda shared the upcoming Why Teach event on October 17, 2019 at Nevada State College to showcase the teaching profession
  • Superintendent Jara visited Southeast Career and Tech Academy with state Superintendent Jhone Ebert as part of her state-wide listening tour
  • Trustee Brooks is hosting a virtual town hall on SOTs 
  • Governor Sisolak will be visiting Staton Elementary with U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue, in honor of National School Lunch Week. 
  • Early conversations are underway with the Silver State Schools Credit Union to open branches on high school campuses as part of CTE programs.

Requests for Future Agenda Items:

  • Review of the Superintendent’s contract to ensure compliance
  • School climate 
  • Review of Student Advisory Committee’s protocol for selecting students and reporting to the board
  • Data on magnet program applications in January
  • Medical marijuana policy for employees

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