CCSD Superintendent bars Trustee Kevin Child from schools

LAS VEGAS - Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky issued a memo to all district administrators Tuesday that they were not to answer or respond to Trustee Kevin Child should he contact them.

Skorkowsky said he was left with no choice after multiple complaints from staff and faculty over the years. 

Trustee Child responded saying Skorkowsky's action was retaliatory because he has questioned the superintendent's performance in dealing with the district's finances and contract negotiations with the teachers union.

"I am saddened that he has created such upheaval for our employees and families especially when we should be working on challenges in our district," Child said.

Skorkowsky issued the following memo:

“It is my most important job to keep our students and employees safe. Over the past few years, I have worked with the Board of School Trustees officers to ask Trustee Kevin Child multiple times to modify his behavior because of repeated complaints that he has made staff members feel uncomfortable. He has also received guidance from CCSD's Affirmative Action officer and legal counsel.  Unfortunately, Trustee Child has not followed the advice. 

“In order to avoid further incidents, I also issued a directive earlier this year that he not visit schools or central offices without an invitation from the school principal or department head.  He has ignored this directive on multiple occasions.  

“It has reached the point where I must trespass Trustee Child from district property to protect employees who have made serious complaints against him so they can operate in a safe and respectful work environment. He is only allowed to carry out the specific duties of his position, which are to hold pre-scheduled meetings with me and two employees I have designated as his liaisons, and to attend school board meetings and monthly parent meetings. Otherwise, he is not allowed on district property. I have directed staff to call School Police if he shows up at their school or district office building and does not comply with their request to leave.

“Many of the employees who have lodged complaints against Trustee Child - and witnesses to the events - have said they are fearful of retaliation. Many employees have stated that Trustee Child has threatened their job. 

“I did not make this decision lightly. However, I have a responsibility to protect our employees who have lodged complaints against Trustee Child. I also have a responsibility to protect the district from possible litigation that could arise due to Trustee Child's actions.”

Skorkowsky has requested that administrators call school police if Child refuses to leave school properties.

In December of 2016, Skorkowky had sent a letter to staff barring Child from entering schools without following specific guidelines which included having an administrative invitation to the school. At the time, Skorkowsky said he made that decision after receiving complaints about Child's visits.

Skorkowsy and Child would not appear on camera to discuss the issue.


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