Nevada Ed-Watch 03/10/2022

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 5 pm both virtually and at the Edward A. Greer Education Center Board Room (2832 E Flamingo Rd, 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. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person, via email, or via voice recording. Email comments should be submitted to Boardmtgcomments@nv.ccsd.net. To submit a voice recording on items listed on the meeting agenda, call 702-799-1166. Voice recorded public comment is limited to 1 minute 30 seconds.


Thursday, March 10, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on Facebook
or CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • Student and teacher safety
  • Class size
  • School zone changes
  • Accommodations for ELL students for the ACT test
  • Teacher retention
  • Absence policies

Explore written public comment.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (4-3)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

  • A grant application from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Program – Nevada Department of Family and Child Services
  • Employment of Licensed Personnel; employment of Unified Personnel; and an employment agreement for Assistant General Counsel and Chief Negotiator. 

Members of the public provided comments on minutes from previous meetings, student expulsions, the grant application from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Program, and approval for compensation rates of general counsel.

Trustees Received a Presentation on Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan – Student Discipline

District staff provided an update on the Focus: 2024 plan on student discipline, as it relates to safety and engagement. 

Staff compared student suspensions over the last five years:

Staff also provided a comparison between first semester suspensions among different student demographics:

Staff also provided similar data sets for discretionary expulsions for the 2021-2022 first semester:

Staff noted that while progress has been made on several metrics, there is still work remaining. 

Challenges identified by the District include distance education, disproportionality in the data, and major disciplinary infractions. Successes identified by the District include launching restorative practices in April 2022, external stakeholder collaboration, and data tracking, as well as a dashboard that was launched in the fall. 

Next steps include continuing student town hall meetings and exploring root cause analysis, reengagement with external partners beginning in April, restorative grant applications and implementation of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports beginning in April, revising the CCSD Pre-K-12 Student Code of Conduct, and providing guidance to schools regarding challenging student behavior.

Trustees discussed additional data points regarding student discipline, mental health and other resources, training and development for staff members, parental engagement, and community partnerships. 

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Received a Presentation on Safe Learning and Working Environments

Staff gave an overview of current policies that align with safety and violence in schools, including student discipline and cooperation with law enforcement agencies and student conduct (links to each of the policies and regulations can be found in the presentation). 

Staff also gave an overview of CCSD Police Services’ approach, which includes partnerships, officer training, data collection, referral systems to service providers, alternatives to arrest (including mentorships, truancy prevention, and other outreach programs), and crisis training, among other services provided. An overview of the K-9 program was also provided. This program includes firearm detection canines, random search programs, school presentations and demonstrations, and deployments to school incidents.

Staff provided an update on use-of-force, including the implementation of deescalation training, adding 18 staff members to CCSD Police Services, and introducing a crisis intervention certification. A social worker has also been brought on staff with CCSD Police Services. The Prevention Before Apprehension home outreach program was also discussed as a resource and as a means of building law enforcement and community relations. Other programs, such as SafeVoice, the School Violence Initiative, and Zero Teen Fatalities, were also reviewed.

Staff also provided a log of calls for service:

Per Trustees’ request, Staff also detailed violent acts from 2017-2022:

Staff then reviewed current practices and solutions, including an overview of the Clark County School-Justice Partnership (SJP) program. Members of the program include legislators, faith-based organizations, bargaining units, CCSD, Workforce Connections, City of Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, CCSD Board of Trustees, non-profit organizations, and the Department of Juvenile Justice Services. The SJP started in 2018, and now has several subcommittees: asset mapping and resources; data; restorative practices; communications and training; code of conduct; and legislative.

Staff also presented juvenile referral data by race/ethnicity and by age, noting the disparity in Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino students:

Staff also provided an overview of the School Safety Advisory Committee’s findings, including mandatory reporting of every CCSD firearm incident; strengthening community awareness of SafeVoice; providing crisis response training for students and staff; increasing overall campus security; and implementing optional socio-emotional learning curriculum for students.

The staff concluded with an overview of future work, including building awareness of community-policing efforts; ongoing data monitoring of critical components of the SJP; expanding regional services to support educational outcomes; clarifying outcomes and metrics of SJP; and revamping membership and scope of the SJP and Safety Advisory Committee.

Community engagement meetings, as well as meetings with principals and students, will be scheduled to discuss school violence and safety. Board officers are scheduled to meet to discuss a plan, currently slated to come to the Trustees at the March 24 meeting. 

Explore the presentation.

Learn more about this agenda item from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Whistleblower policies for CCSD employees
  • Improvements to Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Special education student needs at board meetings
  • Dads in Schools program

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for March 24, 2022 @ 5pm. 

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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 5 pm both virtually and at the Edward A. Greer Education Center Board Room (2832 E Flamingo Rd, 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. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person, via email, or via voice recording. Email comments should be submitted to Boardmtgcomments@nv.ccsd.net. To submit a voice recording on items listed on the meeting agenda, call 702-799-1166. Voice recorded public comment is limited to 1 minute 30 seconds.


Friday, February 18, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Special Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on Facebook or CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

There was no public comment on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved a Request for School Safety Agenda Item (4-3)

Three Trustees brought forth an agenda item request for an upcoming CCSD board meeting regarding school safety. 

The agenda item, for the March 10, 2022 board meeting, will be an informational item to include an overview and briefing on historical data and information on current policies in place regarding school safety, and will include a brief presentation by CCSD staff on those policies. Reference materials will include data from a recent Freedom of Information Act request from a local news entity, as well as the number of violent incidents at CCSD in the last month. 

The Trustees also discussed reconvening to review additional possible community engagement opportunities regarding the topic of school safety.

Explore the agenda item request here

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Mental health resources available for parents, children, and families

Next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for February 24, 2022 @ 5pm. 

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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, June 27, 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 regarding the decision to eliminate the dean position in the Clark County School District.

Trustees Unanimously Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights:

  • Approval of a settlement for $500K (click here to read about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal). 
  • Grant applications and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), including:
    • Immunize Nevada
    • NSHE participation in FAFSA
    • English Language Learner programs

Trustees Approved Members of the Sex Education Committee

The Sex Education Committee is charged with reviewing the content and materials to be used in units of instruction on the human reporductive system, STDs/STIs, and sexual responsibility. The committee also makes recommendations to the Superintendent, who then makes recommendations to Trustees. 

The approved committee members are:

  • Medicine/Nursing: Diane Elmore (District A)
  • Counseling: Laura Deitsch (District E)
  • Religion: Dr. S. S. Rogers (District C)
  • Teacher: Jessica Maleskey (District A)
  • Parents: 
    • Erin Bilbray Kohn (District F)
    • Jodi Thornley (District B)
    • Bonnie Pruneda (District B)
    • Stephanie Valdez (District E)
    • Stephanie Zinna (District G)
  • Pupil: Arianna Ophir (District E)

Trustees Heard Updates from the Superintendent

Superintendent Jara provided a presentation to Trustees about recent budget changes. In addition to the $17 million savings from the removal of the dean position– a total of $7.4 million dollars will be reduced from the 2019-2020 budget from the following departments:

  • College, Career, Equity and School Choice Office 
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Unit 
  • Legal Services

Click here to see the presentation

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

Alternative options (in lieu of cutting the dean positions) were to eliminate:

  • Magnet programs
  • Performing arts
  • Athletics and athletic transportation
  • Transportation for secondary schools
  • Transportation for all students except those who the district is federally required to transport  

Superintendent Jara also provided information on school safety initiatives that will take effect following the removal of all dean positions. Student safety efforts for the 2019-2020 school years include:

  • 4 new canine officers 
  • An additional Resource Office for all high schools
  • A reserve officer program
  • Two staff training programs: Trauma 101 and De-escalation 

Additionally, two new student support positions have been introduced:

  1. Student Success Project Facilitator 
  2. Student Success Coordinator

These positions will be posted on June 28th, and principals can begin interviewing on July 3rd.

Trustees Approved Updates to CCSD Construction Bids Policy (7210) and the Purchasing Authority Policy (3311)

The construction bids policy addresses major differences that have occurred between construction bids and the final costs.

The following updates were made to the construction bids policy:

  • Changing the designee from Assistant Superintendent to the Chief of Facilities
  • Construction change orders cannot cumulatively exceed 3 percent of the original contract for new construction
  • Changes in services cannot cumulatively exceed 5% of the original contract.

Click here to see the policy.

Corresponding changes were made to the Purchasing Authority Policy

Board Approved Contract for COO and Chief of Staff

The new CCSD Chief Operating Officer is Michael Casey. Click here to see the contract. 

The new CCSD Chief of Staff is Christopher Bernier. Click here to see the contract.


Potential Future Agenda Items:

  • Feasibility of creating an Advisory Committee made up of in-school staff to advise the Superintendent.

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Nevada Ed Watch 6/13/19

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, June 13, 2019

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Many members of the public provided testimony to Trustees regarding the recent decision to cut 170 Dean positions at the Clark County School District. Click here to read about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Trustees Heard a Presentation About the Removal of the Dean Position

Superintendent Jara provided a statement and brief presentation about his decision to eliminate the Dean role and displace current Deans. The Superintendent assured the public that school safety will continue to be a priority for the District.

Trustees Unanimously Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights:

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Local Plan
  • IDEA: Early Childhood Project
  • Airforce Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit (JROTC)
  • Grant Submissions:
    • Victory Schools Authorization
    • Funds to continue to the Youthful Offender Program at High Desert State Prison
    • Nevada Ready 21 Technology Grant
    • Tesla Career & Technical Education Grant
  • Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
  • Books for School Libraries
  • New members of Bond Oversight Committee: Al Davis & Eugene Lazaroff
  • Repairs & updates to a number of school buildings and playground facilities
  • Annual Membership to Council of Great City Schools

Trustees Repealed the CCSD Governance Policy E-2: Student Learning

The E-2: Student Learning policy relates to identifying strategies to improve student learning. This policy is being repealed because the active Focus 2024 strategic plan addresses this.

Click here to see the policy.

Trustees Approved Updates to CCSD Construction Bids Policy (7210) and the Purchasing Authority Policy (3311)

The construction bids policy addresses the major differences that have occurred between construction bids and the final costs.

The following updates were made to the construction bids policy:

  • Changing the designee from Assistant Superintendent to the Chief of Facilities
  • Construction change orders cannot cumulatively exceed 3 percent of the original contract for new construction
  • Changes in services cannot cumulatively exceed 5% of the original contract

Click here to see the policy.

Corresponding changes were made to the Purchasing Authority Policy.

Trustees Heard a Legislative Report

CCSD Staff provided a report to recap the end of the 2019 legislative session. The presentation focused on bills and priorities that were part of CCSD’s legislative platform, which include:

  • Modernizing the K-12 Funding Formula (SB543)
  • Preserving Ending Fund Balance (SB543)
  • Increasing Funding for School Safety (SB89, SB551, SB528)
  • Incentives for Title I Teachers (AB196)
  • Additional Resources for Read by Grade 3 (AB289)
  • Preserving an Elected School Board (Failure of AB491, AB57, SB105)
  • Continuation of Early Childhood Education (SB84, SB555)
  • Separate Revenue Stream to Support Vegas PBS (SB501)

Click here to see the presentation.


Potential Future Agenda Items:

  • Information about School Safety funding
  • Information about learning strategist placement
  • Review the decision to remove the Dean role, including the options that were considered, and how the decision was made.
  • Budget updates
  • Revisit governance policies

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Nevada Ed Watch 5/20/19

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.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Special Board Meeting, Adoption of Final Budget

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Unanimously Approved the CCSD 2019-2020 Final Budget

Jason Goudie, CCSD’s Chief Financial Officer, provided a presentation on a proposed balanced budget for school year 2019-2020. The budget is similar to the tentative budget shared with the Board on April 3rd. The budget can be reopened until December of 2019 to account for any additional revenue that is not yet planned.

Highlights of the budget included:

  • Enrollment has decreased slightly and is reflected in the proposed budget.
  • The projected funds per pupil from the Distributive Schools Account (DSA) is $5,863. This may change once the State budget is finalized.
  • There was an increase in the local school support tax.
  • School year 2018-2019 will end with a 2% fund balance. The Focus 2024 plan aims for a 4% ending fund balance in future years.
  • A commitment to work with staff to protect items that are closest to students if cuts are required.

Following the presentation, Trustees raised questions and concerns, including:

  • Concerns about school safety and the impact of state funds not being directed towards safety efforts.
  • Determining a plan for families and the public to learn more about the budgeting process and how decisions have and will be made.
  • Questions about how to account for future changes in student enrollment and its impact on the budget.

Click here to see the presentation.

Click here to see the Final Budget.


Potential Future Agenda Items:

  • Salary increase chart over time for teachers
  • Overview and timeline around revenue growth and ability to access funds

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