24 Apr CCSD Board of School Trustees meeting recap, April 23

Agenda Item 5.01 – COVID-19 Update and the Clark County School District response

The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees received an update on the COVID-19 school closures, distance education, resources for students and expectations for the opening of school in the fall.

The report summarized the recent directives by Governor Sisolak for schools to continue to operate through distance education for the remainder of the school year. As stated by the Governor, once the outbreak has sufficiently declined, the goal is to progressively open different types of facilities and industries in a way that allows people to gradually return to their normal lives while continuing to prevent the spread of disease. The District will need to adjust to changing conditions working with the guidance of the Governor’s Office and the Nevada Department of Education.

Trustees were presented with information on the numbers of meals served to students. Meal distribution continues to serve on average over 30,000 students per day at CCSD’s Food Distribution sites. CCSD will continue meal service at the current sites through June 30, 2020, or until expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever comes first.

Trustees were also provided with an update on the efforts to provide technology to students without access at home. The report shows that as of April 17, 60,500 Chromebooks have been distributed to middle and high school students with elementary school distribution in progress.

The presentation also included discussion of district planning for strategies should alternative operations need to take place in the 2020-21 school year.  Those strategies include staggered school bell times, staggered student attendance, blended learning, and alternate procedures throughout the school day like lunch, recess, hallway supervision, athletics, and activities.

The District will continue to implement MAP Growth Assessment early and responsively pace the instruction of Nevada Academic Content Standards. CCSD will be prepared with alternatives for blended learning and access to digital devices.

Information on student grading, student wellness checks, end of year checkout procedures, and summer learning planning was also provided.

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Agenda Items 5.02 – Presentation and discussion on the summary of the 2020-2021 Tentative Budget

The Clark County School District Board of School Trustees received an update from Chief Financial Officer Jason Goudie in regards to the tentative budget summary for the 2020-21 school year.  In the report, Goudie highlighted the amended final budgets from 2019 and 2020 and the tentative budget for 2021.

The update also highlighted uncertainties that could have an effect on the final budget for 2021. Some of which include the fiscal impacts associated with coronavirus, student enrollment numbers, or possible state funding reductions in K-12 education.

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New school principal introductions

Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara introduced those who are recommended for hire as a principal with CCSD.

Two new school leaders were introduced:

  • Ronda Reedom – Selected as the new principal for Vanderburg Elementary School.

    • Most recently served as assistant principal at Vanderburg Elementary School.

  • Joseph Uy – Selected as the new principal for Gwendolyn Woolley Elementary School.

    • Most recently served as Director of Human Resources.

    • Previous principal at Ferron ES,