State legislator members receive update on CCSD reorganization plans

LAS VEGAS - State lawmakers are keeping a close eye on the Clark County school district's reorganization efforts.

It's been a point of controversy over the past year, and on Wednesday, members of the state legislature received an update.

It's no secret that lawmakers and the school district haven't seen eye-to-eye since lawmakers passed the first version of reorganization in the 2015 session, and since Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 469 to force the reorganization back in May.

Since then, the district has been racing to become compliant with the law.

Assemblyman Edwards: "It's been two and a half years now since..."
CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky: "It has not been been two and a half years sir." 
Assemblyman Edwards: "We passed it in..." 
Pat Skorkowsky: "April." 
Assemblyman Edwards: "Of 2015..." 
Pat Skorkowsky: "April of 2017, you were there." 

Pent-up frustration bubbled over at times, as the legislative oversight committee charged with keeping track of the Clark County school district's reorganization questioned whether or not the district is doing what they've asked.

"We struggled very hard, in the beginning, trying to make sure that we understood the intent of the law and how to move forward," said Skorkowsky. 

The answer is almost because the district has not quite achieved the goal of making sure 80 percent of unrestricted funds coming in from the state goes directly to the schools. 

"There was a huge amount of time wasted fighting," said Glenn Christenson, Chair, CIC.

Christenson has been overseeing the reorganization processes and says after a rocky start, things have gotten better.

"The district really can move relatively quickly on major projects, given the right catalyst," Christenson said.

Christenson says there is lingering pushback within the district, but has not identified where that is coming from.

8 News NOW Reporter Patrick Walker asked the superintendent about that topic.

Patrick Walker: "Do you believe this can work in the future?"
Pat Skorkowsky: "I do believe it can work. I believe that it is going to take time to implement."  

Christenson testified that there are a number of factors out of CCSD's control that has been bumps in the road towards reorganization.

That includes the legislature, which has directed unfunded mandates to the school district. But Senator Michael Roberson, the chairman of the reorganization committee, says ultimately he wants to see compliance by the first of the year.


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