Nevada Ed Watch 10/17/19

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 17, 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 about substitute teacher shortages
  • Teachers, staff, and parents at Global Community High School expressed concerns about a lack of updates regarding a new school facility
  • Gratitude for Trustees and CCSD staff for addressing support staff concerns at previous board meetings in a timely manner

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda highlights:

  • Contract with Columbus Education Services for school psychology services
  • Fees for taking the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Exam and Advanced Placement (AP) tests to be covered by CCSD

Trustees Heard a Presentation about the 2018-2019 Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF)

The annual performance of teachers and school administrators is measured by the Nevada Educator Performance Framework. Performance is measured against the three (3) categories listed below, varying by “weight,” or how much a categories will impact the overall rating. 

  • Instructional Practice Standards and Indicators
    • 2018-2019 weight: 45%
    • Updated 2019-2020 weight: 65%
  • Professional Responsibilities Standards and Indicators
    • 2018-2019 weight: 15%
    • Updated 2019-2020 weight: 20%
  • Student Performance
    • 2018-2019 weight: 40%
    • Updated 2019-2020 weight: 15%

Based on total scores in the above categories, teachers and school administrators are ranked overall as:

  • Highly Effective
  • Effective
  • Developing
  • Ineffective

Teachers and school administrators that have already received a rating of Highly Effective for the two previous consecutive years are exempt from evaluation (in accordance with NRS 391.690).

Teacher 2018-2019 NEPF Results

  • Exempt: 1% (209)
  • Highly Effective: 15%  (2,330)
  • Effective: 82% (12,380)
  • Developing: >1% (141)
  • Ineffective: >1% (24)

School Administrator 2018-2019 NEPF Results

  • Exempt: 2% (21)
  • Highly Effective: 23% (205)
  • Effective: 75% (684)
  • Developing: 0% (0)
  • Ineffective: 0% (0)

Trustees and the Superintendent discussed shifting towards a growth mindset to ensure the NEPF is an effective tool for teacher and school administrator development.

Click here to see the presentation.

Trustees Approved Funding School Building Improvements

Funds approved to go towards school building improvements totaled $112 million, which has no impact on the CCSD operating budget.

The funds will be used to address the following at schools:

  • Playground equipment and safety surface replacements (PESSR)
  • Carpet and flooring replacements
  • Field turf replacements and ancillary field equipment upgrades, such as field lighting improvement projects for energy efficiency savings
  • Asphalt replacements
  • Rooftop heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit replacements (HVAC)
  • Emergency Management System upgrades

Trustees requested information about which schools are receiving improvements, and in which order.

Trustees Approved Updates to the Food Service Policy

Click here to see the updated policy.

Trustees Approved Updates to the School Naming Policy (4-1)

The new policy addresses the renaming of schools under special circumstances.

Click here to see the updated policy.

Trustees Adopted a New Process for Evaluating the Superintendent

Overview of the process for evaluating the Superintendent: 

  • Superintendent completes a self-evaluation
  • Each Trustee holds an individual meeting with the Superintendent and completes an evaluation.
    • Trustees are not permitted to discuss or share their evaluation notes with one another.
    • Individual Trustee’s preliminary evaluation notes will be shared with the Superintendent and other Trustees at the same time that it is released to the public.
    • Each Trustee has the right to change their evaluation notes based on discussion and input from constituents. 
  • Trustees will discuss the Superintendent’s evaluation at the December 5th board meeting. The Board of Trustees will complete a self-evaluation at this meeting.

Click here to see the Superintendent Evaluation policy.

Click here to see the Board Evaluation policy. 

Trustee reports:

  • Trustees have the opportunity to complete additional credits for their mandatory Professional Development hours at an upcoming National Association of School Boards (NASB) meeting in November.
  • Trustee Young announced that the Las Vegas Book Festival is on Saturday, October 19th from 9am-6pm.
  • Trustees are conducting the Community Linkage Meeting on November 4th or 6th, which is an annual meeting with Native American Community– at the Las Vegas Paiute Reservation.
  • Evaluation of the Superintendent will take place at the December 5th board meeting
  • January 24th is the Board Retreat. Trustees will discuss improving the Superintendent evaluation process and finalizing 2020 evaluation metrics.

Requests for Future Agenda Items:

  • Race and ethnicity breakdowns among CCSD teachers, administrators, and staff 
  • Discussion about the magnet school eligibility expansion and student recruitment, specifically for elementary students going into middle school magnet programs
  • Protocol for terminating or demoting staff
  • Process for becoming a substitute teacher
  • Update on what local higher education institutions are doing to contribute to addressing teacher shortages
  • Review of policies for service and emotional support animals in schools

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