LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — On Wednesday the school board met to discuss recent allegations against Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara. However, the meeting ended before getting to that final item.
The CCSD Board of Trustees voted 4-3 to adjourn the meeting before they got to the last item - the possible action on terminating Supt. Jara.
Trustee Danielle Ford gave her final words at Wednesday's meeting and directed them towards Trustee Deanna Wright, who spoke in favor and called to adjourn the meeting just before that vote.
Dr. Jara has been under fire for his response to the COVID-19 crisis and recent comments during the special session on a bill aimed towards education funding.
DR. JARA AND GOV. SISOLAK:
Trustee Ford has been leading the charge against Supt Jara. Ford started off by saying the district needs a leader that can be trusted regarding Supt. Jara's possible conduct during the special session.
Jara has claimed the special session agenda item was put forth by the state, not the school district, which both Supt. of Education Jhone Ebert and Gov. Steve Sisolak have denied.
EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONS ON JARA:
The Clark County Education Association, which represents teachers, released the following response following Wednesday's meeting:
"CCEA believes that the majority of the CCSD Trustees made the right decision today. The reckless and irresponsible act to send our school district into chaos was avoided. Now is the time to focus educating our 320,000 students and our 40,000 employees. Accomplishing a successful distance learning experience for our students will require the effort of everyone. Political distractions, like this one, must come to an end. CCEA will continue to work with CCSD as we navigate through these challenging times.
Additionally, CCEA will move forward in electing responsible and sensible candidates to lead our school district in the November elections. In addition, we will support legislation in the 2021 Nevada Legislative Session to amend the governance of School Boards to ensure that there is capable and qualified leadership at the helm. Finally, CCEA will continue to pursue securing the adequate funding levels our 320,000 students need to get an education in the State of Nevada."
Last week the head of the CCEA said the attacks against Jara were racially motivated.
CCSD Supt. Jara also released a statement following the meeting:
"Following today’s discussion at the Special Board Meeting, there is much work to be done to move forward for our children and our community. I am committed to leading our 320,000 students and 42,000 employees in partnership with the Board of School Trustees. I am mindful that I have work to do in strengthening and developing relationships across all areas in which I work, and I am committed to doing so.
We are in the midst of unprecedented times and the weeks ahead will be challenging. I am confident that by working collaboratively together, we can address the immediate needs of our students and staff to safely reopen our schools. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve, focusing on our top priority, our children."