Nevada Ed-Watch 9/10/20

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, September 10, 2020

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 submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, and rather an oral summary of each comment was provided to Trustees.

  • Click here & here to view public comment submitted on agenda items
  • Click here & here to view public comment submitted on non-agenda items

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Highlights include: 

Trustees Approved Rescinding Name of Kit Carson Elementary (5-1)

This is the first school name change under the updated School Naming Policy, approved by Trustees in May 2019. Trustees discussed the social implications of removing the name Kit Carson Elementary School, citing historical facts about Kit Carson’s actions. Trustees also discussed the financial implications of the name change, which is anticipated to range between $26,000-$40,000. The approved motion to rescind the school name includes partnering with the community and district to assist with the funds needed to implement the changes. The motion passed 5-1, with one Trustee not present for the vote. 

Click here to see supporting documentation. 

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

Trustees Postponed Title IX Amendment Resolution (4-2-1)

On May 6, 2020, the United States Department of Education released updated regulations related to sexual harassment. CCSD must demonstrate compliance with these updated regulations in order to receive federal education funding, which includes Title I and Special Education. The resolution, if signed, is a commitment that CCSD intends to be in compliance with federal law and implement the necessary regulation changes. To date, CCSD has implemented some changes in order to be in “minimal compliance” with the regulations, including public notices and notifications to employee groups. There is no federal deadline for updating regulations and implementing changes. 

Some trustees shared their concerns with the implications of the updated regulations for victims and alleged perpetrators. Based on this, Trustees voted to postpone their decision to sign the resolution for at least two weeks in order to identify any possible avenues to prevent making the changes. The vote passed 4-2, with one abstention. 

Click here to see the resolution. 

Trustees Approved Memorandum of Agreement with CCEA 

The agreement with the Clark County Educators Association (CCEA) extends the ability of employees to “donate” unused sick leave to other employees impacted by COVID-19 through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. The agreement was originally put into place at the April 16, 2020 Trustee meeting

Click here to view the agreement. 

Trustees Approved Notices of Intent to Update CCSD Regulations and Policies

The following policies will be brought back to Trustees for approval at the October 8 meeting:

Regulation 3310 – Purchasing Guides 
Regulation 3315 – Sole Source and Proprietary Purchases
Regulation 3530 – Student Transportation
Regulation 3531 – Student Transportation Guidelines
Regulation 3532 – Accident Involving District Transportation Vehicles
Regulation 3533 – Safety of Students: Transportation Vehicles
Regulation 3535 – Student Transportation – Payment in Lieu 
Regulation 3536 – Employee Transportation  
Regulation 3537 – District Owned vehicles 
Regulation 3538 – School Bus Replacement
Policy 3538 – School Bus Replacement  

Board Heard Updates from Superintendent Jara: 

  • Superintendent Jara welcomed new principals at R. Guild Gray Elementary School, Lois and Jerry Tarkanian Middle School, Steve Cozine Elementary School, and Don E. Hayden Elementary School. 
  • 98.73% of enrolled students have been marked present since the beginning of the school year. 
  • CCSD is unaware of the device and internet connectivity status of approximately 25,000 students. 

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