weather icon Partly Cloudy

State appoints receiver to oversee Las Vegas charter school

Updated June 23, 2017 - 3:44 pm

One of Nevada’s two state-sponsored charter schools under threat of closure has agreed to let an appointed “receiver” take responsibility of the school’s performance in order to remain in operation.

The Nevada State Public Charter School Authority, a governing board for charters in the state, voted unanimously Friday to appoint John Haynal to serve as the receiver for the Discovery Charter School in Las Vegas in an effort to improve its academic performance. Haynal is a “franchise principal” in Clark County, and has experience turning around low-performing schools.

“This is absolute something where the school has collaborated in good faith with the authority,” Patrick Gavin, the executive director of the state board, said of the decision to give the charter a new lease on life.

The charter serves more than 400 students in kindergarten through eighth grade on two campuses in Las Vegas. It was under threat of closure based on state tests.

Discovery’s latest test results from 2015-16 show elementary proficiency rates of 24 percent in math and 46 percent in reading, according to state data.

When a charter school underperforms, the authority has the power to shut it, reorganize its governing board or appoint a receiver to help the school improve.

A second state charter, the online Nevada Connections Academy, also is on notice that it faces possible closure, but has been fighting the decision.

As a franchise principal, Haynal is responsible for overseeing three struggling Clark County School District elementaries in Las Vegas. He has served as the principal of Owen Roundy, Vegas Verde and Elaine Wynn elementary schools since 2012.

Adam Johnson, chairman of the charter board, said he was pleased that Gavin and the Discovery school worked together to craft the receiver plan. He said the authority will keep a watchful eye on the school.

“I’m pleased with the direction. I just want to make sure we are really clear on our expectations for improved academic outcomes for our students,” he said.

Haynal will work with the school for up to three years, said Africa Sanchez, the school’s lawyer. Haynal was the only person who responded to the school’s request for a proposal, she said.

“John will come in and become a true receiver as the authority and the school understands,” she said. “It’s going to be more expansive, it’s going to be for a longer period.”

Who is John Haynal?

Haynal, a “franchise principal,” will serve as Discovery Charter School’s receiver. He’ll be responsible for the operations of the school and efforts to improve practices and student outcomes. Haynal has worked in Clark County schools since 2001 and has been a franchise principal since 2012. As a franchise principal, Haynal oversees multiple schools that serve at-risk students.

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
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)
Trumps Strength is also a Weakness - Video
One of Donald Trump’s greatest strengths — his ability to shape national narratives — is also a great weakness.
Tax the Rich Bus Tour makes a stop in Las Vegas - Video
The Tax the Rich Bus has stopped in Las Vegas as part of its summer tour. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno hosts BBQ - Video
Assembly Woman Daniele Monroe-Moreno hosts BBQ to bring the community together to hear about the candidates up for election and for people to gather and have fun.
Democrat Virtual Caucus - Video
Elizabeth Warren visits Las Vegas
Senator Elizabeth Warren made a campaign stop at the East Las Vegas Community Center on Tuesday July 2, 2019. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Aaron Ford Speaks About Bill AB431
AB431 is a bill sponsored by Nevada Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson to restore the right to vote for formerly incarcerated individuals. Attorney General Aaron Ford spoke at the AM&E Church in North Las Vegas about the bill, on Monday, July 1, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)