Nevada Ed-Watch 9/27/18

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.

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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.

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 27, 2018
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda 

What happened at this meeting?

Student School Board Advisory Committee shares updates with the Board

The president of the Student School Board Advisory Committee shared updates about the first meeting of the committee. The meeting included representatives from 15 high schools, where they elected the executive committee and set an agenda. They will be sharing more information on their meetings with the Trustees in the future.

Board approves support of iNvest, a legislative platform created by Nevada superintendents.

iNVest is a legislative platform launched in 2003 that was collaboratively produced by superintendents across Nevada. Every other year, the superintendents create a document to reflect on current issues facing K-12 educators in the State. The document has been the cornerstone of the superintendents’ answer to the question, “What is needed to improve student achievement in Nevada?”

Click here to see 5 resolutions for Trustees in support of iNVest 2019.

Public Comment – Members of the community expressed concerns about:

  • The need for categorical funding to support employee raises that cannot be repurposed.
  • Identifying the need for quality teachers and leaders without a clear definition of what a quality means.
  • Addressing the fact that taking funds away from schools that see improvement should be changed.

The theme of the discussion was to ensure a starting point for a conversation with the legislature and feeling united. 

Read more about iNVest in the Nevada Independent.

Board approves salary increase for CCSD Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Jason Goudie.

Trustees discussed creating a standard contract template for cabinet members. Superintendent Jara has committed to bringing a resolution to address this concern. Motion passes 4-3.

Click here to see the salary increase contract.

Board approves recentralization of CCSD police services.

Board discussion included concerns about rural schools within the Clark County School District that are facing challenges with police officer availability and response time.

Trustees would like to continue to discuss a solution for consistent school police presence at rural schools.

Board discusses Stop the Bleed emergency training.

Michael Wilson (Director of Emergency Management) presented information to the Board about Stop the Bleed emergency training. Stop the Bleed is an awareness campaign and call to action to educate non-emergency personnel to support emergency triage (prioritization of treatment based on severity in the event of a medical emergencies).

Trustees requested additional information about the program, including cost and structure, to be presented at the next board meeting.

Public comment in support of the training addressed a need to increase capacity of emergency providers to train broader school communities.

Board communications with superintendent.

Trustee Wright asked all Trustees to be fingerprinted and background checked to meet the same bar as school-based volunteers.

What’s Next? 

  • Presentation by Fund our Future Nevada
  • Additional information about Stop the Bleed emergency training program, including cost and structure, to be presented.
  • Template for future cabinet level contracts.
  • Request for an update on the teacher pay letter based on public comment.
  • Request to discuss fundraising at schools and the associated risks.

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