67°F
weather icon Clear

Nevada, Clark County schools to work together on reorganization

The Nevada Department of Education is going to work with the Clark County School District on a joint “implementation plan” to bring the nation’s fifth-largest public school system into compliance with a state-mandated reorganization.

“Work remains to be compliant with the law,” State Superintendent Steve Canavero said Thursday on a conference call in which state and district officials participated. “We have gotten so much further … when we put our heads together.”

The finding that the district was not in compliance with the law, often referred to by its bill number, AB 469, wasn’t unexpected. At a meeting in December to discuss the reorganization, Canavero said he expected the district would be determined to be out of compliance with the law in January and that he expected to issue a corrective action plan at that time.

But on Thursday, Canavero said the plan will be better if they work on it together.

Canavero said he would send a formal letter to Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky on Friday. A copy of the letter was not immediately available.

Skorwkosky and the local School Board President Deanna Wright both praised the spirit of collaboration.

“I think it’s moving us in the right direction,” Wright said.

The reorganization of the district first came into law in 2015. But backlash in the interim over the process of creating regulations to carry out the law led to a bipartisan group of lawmakers coming together in the 2017 session to strengthen the measure.

The intent of the law was to move more decision-making and budgetary authority to individual school communities by putting more power into the hands of principals and creating school organizational teams as advisory committees.

‘Significant changes’

Provisions in the law require 85 percent of the district’s total unrestricted funding to be available for schools in their individual budgets, called strategic budgets. The remaining 15 percent of the unrestricted funds can be used to support central services such as the superintendent’s office.

The law, gives Canavero authority to oversee the district’s implementation and compliance. Late last year, Canavero discussed issuing some type of corrective active plan to the district in January, which would have 30-60-90 day targets for the district to meet.

The implementation plan unveiled Thursday will include those 30-, 60- and 90-day targets, which will be created jointly by state and local officials. The implementation plan is expected to be finished and made public by March 15, officials said.

Already, the district has seen “significant changes” in the structure and organization of the district, Skorkowsky said. Central services offices, like transportation and food services, are working to create service-level agreements, similar to contracts, which will outline what schools can expect to receive at what price.

“All of these entities are reworking their model to be a fully customer service based model,” he said.

Down the road, schools may be able to purchase central services outside the school district, potentially at a lower cost. In 2018-19, however, schools will not be able to purchase any services outside the district.

The Board of Trustees voted down a pilot program in November that would have allowed a small group of schools to pilot a program beginning this year to work with outside vendors for custodial services. Opponents said they feared the impact the test might have on school district employees.

Contact Meghin Delaney at 702-383-0281 or mdelaney@reviewjournal.com. Follow @MeghinDelaney on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Politics Videos
Tomi Lahren Speaks at UNLV - VIDEO
Fox News contributor and UNLV alumna Tomi Lahren returned to campus Wednesday night for a speech, titled “Stay Triggered,” that drew an auditorium of supporters as well as a group of protesters outside. (James Schaeffer/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bernie Sanders released from Las Vegas hospital - VIDEO
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., issues a statement after he was released from Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. (Bernie Sanders via Twitter)
Democratic presidential candidates speak on impeachment - VIDEO
Democratic presidential candidates attending the March for Our Lives/Giffords Gun Safety Forum in Las Vegas comment on possible impeachment proceedings. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Joe Biden Las Vegas Rally Highlights - Video
2020 presidential candidate, Joe Biden, came to Las Vegas to talk guns, climate change and the Ukranian-Trump scandal. Biden was interrupted by a protestor who sat amongst supporters at the rally and continued with his speech. (Angus Kelly & James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Joe Biden comments on Trump and his campaign efforts in Nevada - Video
After an impeachment inquiry was opened on Donald Trump, Joe Biden talks with Review-Journal politics reporter Rory Appleton about Trump and his campaign in Nevada. (Angus Kelly & James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bernie Sanders Unveils Affordable Housing Plan - Video
Bernie Sanders sits down with the Las Vegas Review-Journal to talk about his new affordable housing plan he unveiled at Plumbers & Pipefitters.
Jim Marchant talks gun control and Dreamers - Video
Republican Candidate for District 4 Jim Marchant talks about gun control and immigration policies. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Hurricanes, Gender, and Science in the Press
Imagine if the mainstream media’s current hurricane-sized obsession with scientific accuracy applied to gender.
Cory Booker on college tuition and minimum wage
Cory Booker talks on the RJ Politics podcast about college debt, informing workers about their rights and livable wages.
Nevada Politics Today: Teacher raises - VIDEO
Jason Goudie, the chief financial officer for the Clark County School District, talks about teacher pay and raises. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Media's Double Standard On Incitement And Trump - Video
Over the weekend, an Elizabeth Warren-supporting socialist who opposed gun violence used a rifle to commit a mass murder in Dayton, Ohio. The media has downplayed that aspect of the tragedy.
Project Our Care Tour Kicks Off In Las Vegas
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus joined health care advocates and local residents as part of Protect Our Care’s nationwide bus tour kick off in Las Vegas on Monday, August 5, 2019. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Bernie Sanders talks about guns, response to El Paso shooting
Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke about his response and continued policy ideas about guns and gun control to the Review-Journal after a panel of other topics. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pete Buttigieg On Gun Control And Climate Change - Video
Pete Buttigieg talks about his campaign for the 2020 election and how Nevada is a vision of what the future can be.
Beto O'Rourke speaks in Las Vegas
Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke spoke to supporters at the East Las Vegas Community Center in Las Vegas, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2019. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Nevada Senate leader Kelvin Atkinson sentenced to prison
Former Nevada Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson, who pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds, was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
THE LATEST