LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Governor Steve Sisolak cut his first check to Nevada’s K-12 public schools on April 24 after a promise he made on the campaign trail to donate his governor’s salary to improving education in Nevada.
In a letter to the Nevada State Board of Education accompanying the donation, Gov. Sisolak outlined his plan to donate his net state salary on a quarterly basis to the Nevada Department of Education’s Education Gift Fund, to be distributed to Title I schools in the state.
“I asked the people of Nevada for the chance to lead this state for many reasons, chief among them being the opportunity to improve educational outcomes for every child in every classroom in the state,” Gov. Sisolak said.
“To show my commitment to this goal, the First Lady and I are donating my net state salary back to public education. It is my sincere hope that with these donations, I can begin to fulfill my promise to our educators, families, and children and make a positive impact on our public schools.”
For each fiscal quarter for his current four-year term as governor, Gov. Sisolak will donate his full net salary earned in that quarter to the Dept. of Education’s Education Gift Fund.
Earlier this year, Gov. Sisolak and First Lady Kathy Sisolak set up a separate bank account for the governor’s paychecks.
Governor and First Lady Sisolak have instructed the Dept. of Education to distribute their donation evenly to Title I schools across the state each quarter so that each Title I school receives a one-time donation of $1,000, with any remaining funds in the account distributed evenly to all Title I schools. Currently, there are 416 Title I schools in the state.