Nevada Ed-Watch 5/16/19

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, May 16, 2019

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees honored the late Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson by presenting a proclamation to his family. The proclamation honored Mr. Thompson’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in Nevada, as well as his advocacy for quality education for every student.

Public Comment

Members of the public provided testimony to Trustees regarding:

  • A new reading program that is being developed
  • Diversity and representation in school leadership
  • Concerns about employment decisions

Trustees Unanimously Approved the Consent Agenda

The Consent Agenda included an agreement between CCSD and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts that will provide professional learning opportunities for integrating the arts into academic instruction.

Click here to see the agreement.

Trustees Announced the Recipient of the Board of Trustees Scholarship

This is the sixth year the Board has provided a $1,000 scholarship to a student that serves on the School Board Advisory Committee. Coronado High School student, Olivia Yamamoto, was awarded the scholarship this year.

Trustees Heard Updates from the Student Advisory Committee

At the last Student Advisory Committee meeting on May 7th, the following topics were discussed:

  • Dress code policies
    • Student concerns about how dress code is enforced in high school
    • Proposed that different ages have different dress code policies
  • Ways the Student Advisory Committee could be improved in the future

Trustees Updated the Board Meeting Calendar

Trustees voted to revise the calendar of work session and regular Board meetings, including meeting locations while the usual location is undergoing technology updates.

Those changes include:

  • June 27 and July 11 meetings will take place in the Clark County Commissioner Chambers, and will begin at 6pm. 500 S Grand Central Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89155
  • Work Sessions scheduled for July 3 and August 7 will take place in the CCSD Administrative center (room 243), and will begin at 8am. 5100 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146
  • Regular Board meetings scheduled for August 8 and August 22 will take place in the Theater at Valley High School at 5pm. 2839 Burnham Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Click here to see the updated Board Calendar.

Trustees Approved a Proposal to the Oversight Panel for School Facilities

Trustees approved a proposal submission to the Oversight Panel for School Facilities. The Oversight panel for school facilities addresses whether CCSD should issue bonds.

Click here to see the proposal.

Trustees Review American Indian/Alaska Native Policies and Procedures of Federal Impact Aid

Trustees approved an application for Impact Aid (Section 7003), which provides basic operation and maintenance funds needed to educate and transport federally-connected  student eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Click here to learn more.

Trustees Heard a Presentation on School Audits

Auditors completed school audits, which focus on looking for good internal controls to make sure that the district’s assets are protected.

82 regular school audits were conducted as of March 31. The following results came out of the internal audits for this fiscal year:

  • 70% Normal (standard findings)
  • 14% Clean Audits (no reportable findings)
  • 13.4% Priority (these are re-audited within 9-12 months)
  • 1.5% At-Risk (these are re-audited within 6-9 months)

If a school is given Priority or At-Risk status twice in a row, the Regional and School Associate Superintendents get involved to go over results and work with the schools to correct key controls and operations.

Click here to see the presentation.

Trustees Heard Legislative Updates

Trustees heard the following updates on legislation that CCSD is tracking:

  • SB453: Revises the Nevada education Funding Formula. Click here to read about SB453 in the Nevada Independent.
  • AB309: Streamlines accounting of state education funds and authorizes counties to raise sales tax to fund education.  Click here to read about AB309 in the Nevada Independent.
  • SB469: Revises  the reorganization of large school districts
  • AB88: Revises the way school districts allocate funds to schools

Additionally, Superintendent Jara made a statement regarding the recent vote by 4,000 Clark County Education Association members to strike in the 2019-2020 school year. He stated that although CCSD continues to advocate for additional school funding, that they will continue do so through legal, constitutional means (a strike would be against Nevada law).

Click here to read about this in the Nevada Independent.

Potential Future Agenda Items:

  • Coordination of monthly community Trustee meetings
  • Review the procedure for providing responses to public comment
  • Updates on implicit bias training

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