Jan Jones Blackhurst won't be a CCSD consultant

LAS VEGAS - It's a No-Go for Jan Jones Blackhurst, the former Las Vegas mayor who volunteered to be a consultant for the Clark County School District Board of Trustees.

The controversial proposal divided board members. Allegations were made the partnership would undermine the superintendent's role during CCSD's reorganization process.

It's against CCSD policy for Jones Blackhurst to work for the district because a new elementary school under construction is being named after her. It doesn't matter that she was offering her services at no cost.

The school district is already paying more than $1 million in consulting fees during the reorganization process.

Construction is underway at the new Jan Jones Blackhurst Elementary School in the southwest valley.
The naming of the school was first announced Thursday, officially eliminating the former Las Vegas mayor from working with the school district.

"She can't because there's a conflict of interest there," said CCSD Trustee Kevin Child.

In December, the now Caesars Entertainment executive came forward, offering to be a consultant for the board of trustees for a year at no cost.

A last minute board meeting was called to approve the partnership, although Superintendent Pat Skorkowky was out of town and at least two trustees could not attend.

"I can't expunge on that, but I'm telling tell you, everybody has their vote," Child said.

The controversial proposal came almost two months after the advisory committee in charge of developing a CCSD reorganization plan agreed the school district would pay almost $1.2 million dollars for help implementing the changes.

The Firm called TSC 2 Group was hired.

Former CEO and President of Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Tom Skancke, is now the top guy at the company.

"I have a concern about that. To pay $1.2 million that comes out of the kids' classroom," Child said.

In late October, an attorney for CCSD put out his letter on behalf of the board of trustees, disapproving of the deal.

TSC2 had a Jan. 15 deadline to offer results.

In a recent interview, 8 News NOW asked Superintendent Skowrkowsky about the overall progress.

"Right now our school organizational teams are meeting at the school level to discuss their data, academic and surveyed data, as well as their budgets that they have allocated to them and determining their plan of operation."

A plan of operation, he says, is due in two weeks.

"It's all about student achievement," Child said. 
 

the board of trustees will be discussing the reorganization plan during this thursday's meeting.
meanwhile, the jones blackhurst elementary school is scheduled to open this fall.
reporting live, karen castro, 8 news now.


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