Nevada Ed-Watch 1/30/20

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.

Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00AM. Click here to see the 2020 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. There is a time limit of three minutes per speaker. Members of the community providing testimony must fill out a visitor card, available on-site the day of the meeting.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided testimony regarding: 

  • Support for suicide prevention policies to address the social emotional needs of students
  • Request for the State Superintendent to look into the technical issues with HCM, the Clark County School District’s payroll system
  • Support for advisor pay for Career and Technical Student Organizations

Board Approved the Consent Agenda:

Consent Agenda Highlights:

  • Approval of state funding for a Fiscal Year 2019 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Report of Local Activities and Expenditures
  • Approval of the CTE Course Catalog for the 2020-2021 school year 
  • Approval of regulations adopted by the Commission on Professional Standards (R076-19 and R090-19)

Board Recognized Four (4) Nevada Teachers Who Received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science 

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors by the United States government, specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching.

The following Nevada educators were honored with the award: 

  • Kristen Taylor, ATEC (Las Vegas)
  • Heather Witt, KO Knudsen (Las Vegas)
  • Kristine Donahue, Hunsberger Elementary School (Reno)
  • Suzette Champagne, Jessie Beck Elementary School (Reno) 

Click here to see the presentation.

Board Heard a Presentation About Nevada Career and Technical Student Organizations  

Nevada students participating in the Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) listed below presented on the benefits of CTSOs, including increases in college and career readiness.  

  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Nevada DECA
  • Skills USA Nevada
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America 
  • HOSA – Future Health Professionals of Nevada
  • FFA (Agriculture Education)

The presentation included information on the United States Senate Youth Program for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. 40 Nevada students applied for the program, and 2 were accepted (Akaash Krishnan of Davidson Academy in Reno and Jared Stone of Meadows School in Las Vegas).

Click here to view the presentation. 

Superintendent’s Report

State Superintendent Ebert shared the following updates:

  • The statewide listening tour is complete. Major themes from the listening tour include access to Career and Technical Education, parent engagement, and transparency in school funding. 
  • On February 20th at 2pm, the Commission on School Funding is holding a meeting to hear from the public about funding weights for English Language Learners, students receiving special education services, gifted students, and “At Risk” students. Members of the public can also submit written comment to the commission. 
  • Lyon and Lincoln County School Districts received Silver State Governance Training.
  • Vice President Newburn provided a presentation to the Interim Education Committee about the commission on school funding, the implementation of SB475, and class size reduction. 

The Board Heard an Overview of the Statewide Plan for the Improvement of Pupils (STIP) 

The STIP outlines goals related to the Nevada Department of Education’s (NDOE) role in improving student outcomes. NDOE staff presented a framework for the development of STIP goals. The board discussed the need for STIP goals to be realistic and measurable.

The 2025 STIP Goals are as follows:

Click here to see the presentation.

The Board Heard a Presentation on Model Policies for the Prevention of Suicide

Senate Bill 209 of the 2019 Nevada Legislative Session requires each Local Education Agency (LEA) to adopt policies for the prevention of suicide among students in grades 7-12. The Office for Safe and Respectful Learning Environments presented an overview of model policies for the prevention of suicide. 

Click here to see the presentation.

Click here to see the model policy. 

Board Heard a Presentation on Computer Science Education

The board heard an overview of Computer Science Education in Nevada– which included legislation related to computer science, student enrollment in computer science programs by race and ethnicity, and Fiscal Year 2019 funding allocations.

The Computer Science Summit 2020 is being held February 8-9th in Reno, and March 28-29th in Las Vegas.

Click here to see the presentation. 

Click here to see the Nevada Computer Science Strategic Plan.

Board Approved Recommendations for Great Teaching and Leading Fund Allocations

Below is a snapshot of the approved Great Teaching and Leading Fund allocations selected out of 27 applicants.

Click here to see the presentation.

The Board Heard a Presentation on the English Language Development Standards Framework

The board heard an update on the development, content, and plans to disseminate information related to the English Language Development Standards Framework. The purpose of the framework is to guide educators through delivering instruction that aligns language development with grade-level academic content.

Click here to see the presentation.

Requests for future agenda items: 

  • Hear from districts about their implementation of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  • Access district-level data on class sizes

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Nevada Ed-Watch 8/8/19

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, August 8, 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:

  • Alleged bullying and harassment between employees
  • Concerns with the number of teacher vacancies 
  • Teacher salary increases
  • Concerns about changes to bus routes

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights:

  • Facilities improvements
  • $100,000 settlement to the family of a teen that was shot at Canyon Springs High School
  • MOU with Fulfillment Fund to support students at Chaparral High School

Trustees Discussed Silver State Governance Training 

Silver State Governance (SSG) is an operating framework and coaching system that orients school board members to a framework that puts student achievement at the forefront of decision-making.

The Silver State Governance Accountability Framework is built around six research-inspired competencies that correlate with improvements in student outcomes: 

  1. Vision & Goals
  2. Values & Constraints
  3. Accountability & Monitoring
  4. Communication & Collaboration
  5. Unity & Trust
  6. Continuous Improvement

Trustees did not vote on this item, as it was changed to be discussion only. Trustees chose not to bring this topic back before the board as an action item.

Click here to see the Silver State Governance proposal.

Trustees Discussed Concerns with the Implementation of School Organizational Teams

To ensure they are conducting the appropriate level of oversight and fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities, Trustees are requesting the following information from schools:

  1. Process for electing SOT members
  2. Number of applicants who applied to serve on the SOT
  3. Number of votes cast by the school community to elect SOT members
  4. Names of SOT members
  5. Number of years served by SOT members
  6. The process for making budget cuts (plus, what cuts were made)
  7. Average class size
  8. Staff to administrator ratio
  9. Student to administrator ratio
  10. Confirm all SOT meeting agendas and minutes are posted online in a central location (including budgets and a master calendar)

In the future, schools are to survey SOT members to learn how to improve the process and experience.

Public Comment: Members of the public expressed concerns about:

  • How parents are being selected to serve on SOT boards
  • Lack of transparency and fidelity in the implementation of the work of the SOTs

Trustees Approved Medium-Term Obligations

This bond money will be used for new and replacement school buses, special education, general education, and new schools. CCSD is proposing up to $35,000,000 to finance all or a portion of the cost of acquiring, improving, and equipping school facilities.

Click here to see the resolution.

Trustees Heard Updates on CCSD Focus 2024 Priorities

Below is a summary of the updates presented to Trustees related to the priorities of the CCSD strategic plan (Focus 2024):

  • Employee Morale: Improve employee morale and engagement, and increase retention rates.
    • Measure 1: Individuals (employees, parents, community members or others) engage in recognizing employees
      • 2018-2019 Target: 2,000 Engagements
      • 2018-2019 Actual: 6,426 Engagements 
      • 2019-2020 Target: 2,000 Engagements
    • Measure 2: Employees are recognized
      • 2018-2019 Target: 1,600 Employees
      • 2018-2019 Actual: 7,171 Employees recognized
      • 2019-2020 Target: 1,600 Employees
    • Trustees discussed focusing on outcomes for a greater sense of whether morale is improving. 
    • Public Comment: A member of the public expressed a need to consider morale among support staff.
    • Click here to see the presentation.
  • Fiscal Transparency: Improve the quality, communication, and understanding of financial information of the district
    • Measure: Increase the percentage of financial survey respondents noting at least a 4 (on a scale of 1-5) on understanding the quality of financial information
      • 2019-2020 Target: 71%
      • 2018-2019 Actual: 66% of respondents noted at least a 4.
    • Click here to see the presentation.

Trustees Heard an Update on Facilities Improvements

The CCSD Chief of Facilities discussed the need to respond to maintenance emergencies and focus on preventative maintenance, rather than being reactive.

A pilot program to address facilities issues is launching– with 11 Building Engineer positions filled.

Other highlighted topics included:

  • Air Handler Coil Cleaning
  • Air Filter Replacement
  • Water Treatment for HVAC systems
  • Mobile maintenance – Paint, carpentry, and plumbing
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Evaluation of New Construction to reduce school footprints and associated costs
  • Allocation of CIP funds to modernization
  • Third party cost estimates when construction bids exceed budgeted amount

Click here to see the presentation.

Trustees Approved an Employment Contract for New Chief Negotiator and Assistant General Counsel Position

The position will be filled by Luke Puschnig, the former counsel for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Click here to see the employment contract.

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

Potential Future Agenda Items:

  • Discuss a secure hotline for CCSD staff to report workplace bullying
  • The Executive Director of the State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA) is attending the next CCSD work session– related to the SPCSA’s plan to manage the growth of public charter schools.
  • Superintendent Jara requested that Trustees review the draft agreement between CCSD and Clark County (the Open Schools Open Doors policy), and to provide feedback during their one-on-one meetings. This item will be on the next board agenda, contingent upon successful negotiations with the County Commission.

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