14 May Board of School Trustees appoint new superintendent
On May 2, the Clark County School District Board of School Trustees voted to appoint Dr. Jesus Jara as the district’s new superintendent, after interviewing six finalists for the position.
The Board of School Trustees are now in contract negotiations with Jara to formalize his appointment, and the contract is scheduled to be considered at the May 17 regular board meeting. Vegas PBS will stream the public meeting live at ccsd.net.
The vote came after the board conducted an extensive community outreach campaign. Six final candidates were identified from a pool of 77 applicants from around the nation. The candidates were recruited and vetted by Ray and Associates, the search firm hired by the Board of School Trustees.
Some of Jara’s achievements listed in his resume as deputy superintendent of Orange County Public Schools for six years include an increase in graduation rate to 93.8 percent in all traditional high schools; the creation of a chief minority achievement officer position to accelerate the learning opportunities for minority students; an increase in Advanced Placement participation and performance for minority students; and the development and implementation of the Parent Academy, a training program specifically designed for parents to become education partners with the district.
“We look forward to finalizing Dr. Jara’s contract to formalize his appointment as superintendent,” said CCSD Board of School Trustees President Deanna L. Wright. “We are excited to work with him to build on the successes we have already seen in the district. Dr. Jara has experience in a large, urban district and we are ready to welcome him to Clark County.”
At the April 27 board meeting, Dr. Jara presented “Accelerate the Momentum,” a preliminary document with ideas on how to approach the superintendent position and conduct a listening tour at CCSD, including:
- Conducting a deep review of curriculum alignment to standards, professional development and assessment
- Identifying chronically underperforming schools and initiating a root case analysis
- Reviewing the employee evaluation system
- Developing strong and collaborative relations with labor unions
- Creating a common understanding of what quality instruction looks like in every classroom
- Enhance relations with community partners
Read more about his plans here.
“I’m humbled and honored to be chosen as the next superintendent of the Clark County School District, and my excitement for the job has only grown seeing the passion of the entire CCSD community firsthand. I want to thank the board for choosing me from a group of incredibly talented and dedicated candidates,” Jara said in a statement. “Education changed my life; it gave me opportunity. Ensuring that every single student gets that same opportunity is why I first became a teacher and what drives my work every day. I could not be more eager to get to work alongside CCSD’s incredible teachers, principals and staff to build on and accelerate the district’s progress, and I look forward to starting by listening to the entire Clark County community about what has been working and where we can continue to improve.”
For more information regarding the superintendent search, visit superintendentsearch.ccsd.net.