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Vegas Chamber says Clark County School District trustees have 'lost focus'

The Clark County School District Headquarters at Sahara and Decatur in Las Vegas as seen in July 2020
Posted at 9:50 PM, Oct 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-28 20:22:11-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Vegas Chamber is weighing in on what it calls "divisive" agenda items set for the Clark County School District board meeting this week.

On Thursday, trustees are scheduled to discuss possibly terminating Supt. Jesus Jara's contract and removing Trustee Linda Cavazos as board president.



In a statement emailed to 13 Action News on Wednesday, the Vegas Chamber said:

“Stable and consistent leadership at Clark County School District from the Board of Trustees and Superintendent are essential for our students to succeed, especially now as our local schools recover from the very adverse impacts of the pandemic on K-12 education. Unfortunately, it appears that some of the Clark County Board of School Trustees have lost focus. Instead of concentrating on student achievement and success, as well as significant staffing challenges, some board members are bringing forth agenda items for Thursday’s CCSD meeting that demonstrate the ongoing misguided focus and distractions that have consumed the school district.

“The Vegas Chamber urges the school board to not move forward on these divisive agenda items scheduled for the October 28 meeting and to come together for the sake of the 320,000 students for whom they are responsible. Now is the time for the school trustees and the Superintendent to collaborate harmoniously for the sake of students. If CCSD leaders fails at this, they are failing an entire generation of Southern Nevada students, as well as our community.”

Trustee Cavazos previously confirmed that she, Trustee Danielle Ford and Trustee Lisa Guzman requested the item on terminating Jara's contract to be put on the agenda.

On Wednesday, she held a press briefing saying the agenda item to remove her as president is retaliation.

Trustee Lola Brooks previously confirmed she, Trustee Katie Williams, and Trustee Evelyn Garcia-Morales requested the item to remove Cavazos as board president, but declined further comment.