11 Jun CCSD Board of School Trustees June 10 Meeting Recap

Agenda Item 5.07 – Memorandum of Agreement between the Clark County School District and the Clark County Education Association

The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees approved a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) that provides financial assistance to THT Health to ensure continued health coverage for licensed educators. As part of the MOA, CCEA has agreed to provide additional transparency to CCSD regarding THT Health’s organizational management and financial situation.

As part of the MOA, CCSD will allow THT Health to access up to three months of projected employer contribution payments as a pre-payment to address CCEA’s expressed imminent need of funds by THT Health. The prepayment is estimated at approximately $35 million.

While CCSD does not have any oversight of THT Health, CCEA has agreed the use of all funds will be spent exclusively on the continued operation of THT Health, including claims funding, establishing a Third Party Administrator and transfer costs, and other costs incurred to provide benefits to CCSD employees. 

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Agenda Item 5.06 – First Appendix to the Memorandum of Agreement Regarding Summer Learning Program 2021 between the Clark County School District and the Education Support Employees Association

Trustees approved an appendix to the MOA between the Clark County School District and the Education Support Employees Association. The agreement provides for an additional $1,000 stipend for First Aid Safety Assistants (FASA) and $400 stipends for FASA backups who work Summer Acceleration.

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Agenda Item 5.08 – Addendum to the Memorandum of Agreement between the Clark County School District and the Clark County Education Association Regarding Summer Learning Program 2021

The Board approved an addendum to the MOA with CCEA that allows licensed professionals additional compensation for completing required professional learning if completed outside of contract hours. The professional learning will be compensated at the contractual rate of pay until August 31, 2021.

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Agenda Item 5.01 – Districtwide Implementation of the Language Development Approach for English Language Learners Update 

The Board of School Trustees received a report on the Districtwide language development approach for English Language Learners. The update included efforts underway to meet goals outlined in the five-year strategic plan, Focus: 2024, including professional development for all licensed employees in connection with understanding language development. The Board was also provided with updates on efforts to establish dual language class offerings in Kindergarten, Grade 6 and Grade 9. 

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Agenda Item 5.02 – 5.05  – School Naming

The Board of School Trustees approved the renaming of two school designations and the naming of portions of two other schools.

  • Helen Anderson Toland Elementary School will become the Helen Anderson Toland International Academy.
  • Robert O. Gibson Middle School will become the Robert O. Gibson Leadership Academy.
  • The Western High School gymnasium will be designated the Dr. Bruce E. Miller Gymnasium.
  • The Sierra Vista High School baseball park will become the Austin Chong Ballpark at Lion Field.

Agenda Item 5.09 – Notice of Intent – Clark County School District Regulation 5121

The Board approved the Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 5121, Student Progress: Grading (Grades Kindergarten through Twelve).

In an effort to reach goals set in Focus: 2024, CCSD’s five-year strategic plan, the Grading Reform Committee, made up of principals and members of various CCSD departments, in partnership with the Assessment, Accountability, Research, and School Improvement Division (AARSI) have led a grading reform initiative. The goal of these efforts is to ensure students’ grades more accurately reflect their knowledge and skills by minimizing the impact of non-academic factors by reporting these separately.

The proposed changes also modify the K-12 grading scale as follows:

  • Grades 1-12
    • A = 90-100
    • B = 80-89
    • C = 70-79
    • D = 60-69
    • F = 50-59
  • Kindergarten Grade Scale
    • 2 = Meets
    • 1 = Approaches
  • Standards-Based Grade Scale
    • 4 = Exceeds
    • 3 = Meets
    • 2 = Approaches
    • 1 = Emergent

The regulation is scheduled to come back to the Board for approval on July 8, 2021. If approved, the changes would be introduced on a tiered schedule.

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