The Review-Journal editorial board offers the following endorsements in this fall’s elections for Clark County School Board.
Stavan Corbett, appointed as District D trustee in December after Lorraine Alderman resigned, is seeking election to retain the seat against Kevin Child. Mr. Corbett, a Las Vegas native, served on the State Board of Education from 2010 to 2013 and has worked for various nonprofits in the community. Mr. Child, a real estate agent, spent his teen years in Las Vegas and returned permanently in 1990. He has been involved with several youth-oriented community service organizations, has worked as a motivational speaker and has previously run for other elected offices. His ideas and positions on the direction of the school district seemed unfocused to us. Mr. Corbett, on the other hand, is dialed in and understands the challenges not only in his district, which has a large English Language Learner population, but the entire district. The Review-Journal endorses Stavan Corbett for trustee in District D.
In District F, incumbent Carolyn Edwards is being challenged by Ralph Krauss. Ms. Edwards, first elected in 2006 and seeking her third term, has 22 years of involvement with the school district. She was at the center of ethics violations relating to use of district resources to advocate for a property tax increase, and despite the system’s desperate construction needs, she recently expressed concern about potential public-private partnerships because developers might profit from such measures. Mr. Krauss, a UNLV graduate and passionate advocate of school choice, has been a school district teacher for nearly a decade and is endorsed to teach English as a second language. Should he be elected, he would have to quit his teaching post. The School Board needs new blood, especially people who can think outside the box to solve problems. We don’t believe Ms. Edwards does. The Review-Journal endorses Ralph Krauss for trustee in District F.
Board President Erin Cranor, finishing her first four-year term, is being challenged in District G by Joe Spencer. Ms. Cranor has worked to make the district more transparent, improve the budgeting process and create more magnet schools to address overcrowding. Ms. Cranor also was found to have violated ethics laws in using district resources to campaign for a property tax increase, but to her credit, she sought an additional opinion from the district attorney’s office about an advocacy email. Ms. Cranor also appears to have overstepped her authority in dealing with a school district health insurance dispute, which could cost taxpayers six figures in attorney fees and settlements. Mr. Spencer is a property manager who moved from San Diego two years ago. He brought forward the 2012 ethics complaints, among others, and is a strong advocate for transparency and accountability. It’s clear he cares deeply about K-12 education, but he doesn’t seem to have command of all the issues the district faces, particularly with regard to facilities and school crowding.
The Review-Journal endorses Erin Cranor for trustee in District G, with advice that she avoid overreaching in her second term.
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