CCSD trustees, parents, teachers express concerns over state's plan to take over 9 schools

By Nikki Bowers |

Published 12/08 2016 11:21PM

Updated 12/08 2016 11:23PM

The state's decision to take over a handful of schools in southern Nevada monopolized most of the meeting time at the Clark County School Board meeting Thursday night.

Several people showed up to the meeting to protest the re-organization of CCSD.  In a powerful moment shown by local administrators, the principals at nine of the underperforming schools made their case to the Clark County School Board Trustees.

Trustee members also called out the achievement school district for its lack of concrete plans saying that children of color were being targeted and it's discriminatory.

Dozens of parents and teachers also addressed their concerns saying the takeover doesn't give them a choice.

"Our families don't really have a choice right now either so what we really want to do now is provide new options, new free neighborhood charter schools to help begin to change the trajectory for our kids," said Jane Wilcox Lavin, Nevada Achievement School District.

"It's a law right now, but I know that with any kind of law if there are concerned parties, particularly the communities, they're entitled to their voice," said Mike Barton, Chief Academic Officer.

When asked if the community could vote on which schools the state will take over, ASD officials said it is something they will have to think about.
Another big issue mentioned at the meeting Thursday night was whether or not the board will hire an outside agent to oversee CCSD's reorganization.

It caused a dispute between CCSD's Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky and the board after he claimed the board was trying to lessen his role in the overhaul.


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