The district’s Community Budget Advisory Committee met for the first time Friday. About two dozen people, including lawmakers, principals, Chamber of Commerce representatives and parents joined the discussion at the Grant Sawyer building in Las Vegas.
“I think community advisory committees are great,” said Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, D-Las Vegas, a co-chair of the group. “I find them to be very valuable.”
Carlton said the committee is looking to provide suggestions and recommendations about how both the school district and the Legislature can work together to improve education. Any recommendations adopted by the committee will be passed along to the school district to take forward.
The school district’s chief financial officer, Jason Goudie, outlined for the group details of the current $50 million to $60 million budget deficit the district is grappling with. The final cuts from the budget may total between $70 million and $80 million.
Members peppered Goudie with questions about the district’s timeline for developing its budget and how it differs from that of the Legislature when in session.
Goudie said the district usually submits a final budget to the Department of Education no later than June 8. Carlton noted that means the district is finalizing its figures just as legislators are passing the education budget, which normally occurs right at the end of the session in the beginning of June.
The advisory committee is separate from a budget task force created by the district in August. The task force will examine the deficit’s cause and recommend improvements to the way the district budgets.
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A big group
The committee members took up every seat on the dais at the Grant Sawyer building Friday. Committee members include:
Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, Co-Chair
Sylvia Lazos, Co-Chair, Educate Nevada Now
Albert Delgado, community member
Caryne Shea, HOPE member
Eva Simmons, community member
Susan Brager, Clark County Commissioner
Joe Ramirez, community member
Felicia Ortiz, State Board of Education member
Tonia Holmes-Sutton, State Board of Education member
Immer Ravalo, middle school principal
Greg Cole, high school principal
Reece Oswalt, elementary school/ middle school principal
James Oscarson, Assemblyman
Joe Hardy, Senator
Joyce Woodhouse, Senator
Juan Ramos, community member
Lindy Glanz, CCSD support staff employee
Gary Ameling, City of Las Vegas chief financial officer
Mo Denis, Senator
Nancy Brune, Guinn Center
Paul Moradkhan, Las Vegas Metro Chamber
Richard Derrick, City of Henderson
Sean Thueson, parent
Tyrone Thompson, Assemblyman
Yvette Williams, community member
Chet Curtis, community member
Source: Clark County School District