UPDATE: Some not happy about lack of local candidates for CCSD superintendent

LATEST UPDATE: Sources close to the search process for a new superintendent for the Clark County School District are upset that no local candidates are finalist. 

The candidates were selected by a firm that CCSD hired to do the search. They selected John Deasy, a former superintendent from Los Angeles who was criticized for a major purchase of iPads among other things and Don Haddad who is with a school district in Colorado that only has 30,000 students.

Shonda Harman served as chief of schools in Houston and Jesus Jara is a deputy superintendent for the Orange County School District. 

Dr. Mike Barton is favored among many to lead the school district but never even received a phone call. 

School board trustee Carolyn Edwards says that the district can still consider other applicants but she stands behind the four finalists. 

UPDATED 3:15 P.M. APRIL 6: The four candidates have been announced. They are John E. Deasy, Donald T. Haddad, Shonda Huery Hardman and Jesus F. Jara. 

John Deasy was the controversial former superintendent for 3 and a half years in Los Angeles until he left in 2014. After that, he joined the Broad Center and worked with district leaders across the country and then he created a new nonprofit named the Reset Foundation with the goal of keeping juvenile offenders out of jail.

Don Haddad was named superintendent of the year in 2013 after being at the helm of the St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado for 4 years. He is still employed by that school district. 

Shonda Hardman's past experience includes serving as Chief of Schools in Houston, Texas. She oversaw 200,000 students in 200 schools there. Before that, she oversaw a small part of the Chicago school district. She is currently a coach, consultant and urban specialist.

Jesus Jara is currently the deputy superintendent of the Orange County Public Schools. He has been there for 5 years.

The Clark County School Board of Trustees will conduct interviews of the candidates for the position of school superintendent at 9 a.m. April 13 and 6 p.m. April 16.

Community meetings will be held at 10 a.m. April 14 and 6 p.m. April 16 in the Board Room. The trustees will vote on selection of superintendent at 5:30 p.m. April. 19.

Members of the public who can not attend the meetings can send their questions to superintendentsearch@nv.ccsd.net. Vegas PBS will livestream the meetings on the district's website at ccsd.net and on the district's Facebook page. 

The selected candidate will begin their duties sometime in June, around the time that Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky plans to retire from his current position. 


The names of the four final candidates for Clark County School District Superintendent are expected to be announced Friday afternoon.

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77 candidates applied for the position vacated by current Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, who is retiring in June. 

Trustees are expected to make a decision at the April 19 meeting. 

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