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CCSD Superintendent Jesus F. Jara Releases 90-Day Entry Plan

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Today, Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Jesus F. Jara released his 90-day entry plan, One Team, One Goal: Making CCSD #1forkids.

Click here to read the plan.

The 90-day entry plan outlines initial focus goals including:

  • Joining with the Board of School Trustees as a cohesive governance team with a singular agenda focused on improving the achievement of all students
  • A focus on rich and rigorous instruction to improve student outcomes
  • A focus on human capital, including strengthening collaborative relations with labor unions
  • Aligning budget and operation decisions to district priorities
  • A focus on organizational capacity and alignment to improve support to schools

 

During the past three days, Dr. Jara has met with CCSD Trustees, members of the Legislature, principals and teachers. Today, he visited his first district school, Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts, where he interacted with students participating in summer school courses and toured the school’s performing arts magnet program.

Dr. Jara also announced the start of his reorganization plan by hiring two key administrative leaders that he previously worked with during his time at Orange County Public Schools.

  • Diane Gullett, appointed as Deputy Superintendent
  • Jennifer Cupid-McCoy, appointed as Chief of Staff

 

The Deputy Superintendent position was already included in the budget, and the Chief of Staff position was created by the consolidation of existing positions.

For more information on Superintendent Jara, click here.

Welcome, New CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara!

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Hi, I’m Jesus F. Jara, Ed.D. I’m humbled and honored to be chosen as Superintendent of the Clark County School District, and my excitement for the job has only grown seeing the passion of the entire CCSD community firsthand. I want to thank the Board for choosing me from a group of incredibly talented and dedicated candidates.

Education changed my life; it gave me opportunity. Ensuring that every single student gets that same opportunity is why I first became a teacher and what drives my work every day.

I could not be more eager to get to work alongside CCSD’s incredible teachers, principals, and staff to build on and accelerate the District’s progress, and I look forward to starting by listening to the entire Clark County community about what has been working and where we can continue to improve.

Statement from Newly Appointed CCSD Superintendent Jesus F. Jara, ED.D.

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Newly appointed Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Jesus F. Jara, Ed.D. today released the following statement after the CCSD Board of School Trustees voted to appoint him as the next person to lead the nation’s fifth-largest school district:

“I’m humbled and honored to be chosen as the next Superintendent of the Clark County School District, and my excitement for the job has only grown seeing the passion of the entire CCSD community firsthand. I want to thank the Board for choosing me from a group of incredibly talented and dedicated candidates. Education changed my life; it gave me opportunity. Ensuring that every single student gets that same opportunity is why I first became a teacher and what drives my work every day. I could not be more eager to get to work alongside CCSD’s incredible teachers, principals, and staff to build on and accelerate the district’s progress, and I look forward to starting by listening to the entire Clark County community about what has been working and where we can continue to improve.”

Board of School Trustees Appoint Dr. Jesus F. Jara, ED.D. as Superintendent

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UPDATE: Newly appointed Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Jesus F. Jara, Ed.D. today released the following statement after the CCSD Board of School Trustees voted to appoint him as the next person to lead the nation’s fifth-largest school district:

“I’m humbled and honored to be chosen as the next Superintendent of the Clark County School District, and my excitement for the job has only grown seeing the passion of the entire CCSD community firsthand. I want to thank the Board for choosing me from a group of incredibly talented and dedicated candidates. Education changed my life; it gave me opportunity. Ensuring that every single student gets that same opportunity is why I first became a teacher and what drives my work every day. I could not be more eager to get to work alongside CCSD’s incredible teachers, principals, and staff to build on and accelerate the district’s progress, and I look forward to starting by listening to the entire Clark County community about what has been working and where we can continue to improve.”

The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees have voted to appoint Jesus. F. Jara, Ed.D. as CCSD’s next superintendent. The vote came after the board conducted an extensive community outreach campaign to select the next person to lead the nation’s fifth-largest school district. His resume can be viewed here.

The Board of School Trustees will now enter into contract negotiations with Jara to formalize his appointment as superintendent of the Clark County School District.

Jara is expected to begin in June prior to the start of the 2018-19 school year.

For information regarding the superintendent search, visit superintendentsearch.ccsd.net. To learn more about the Clark County School District, visit ccsd.net.

We Love Our Schools!

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In January and February, Clark County School District is showing the love for some of our schools that have recently been recognized for improvements in student achievement while serving student populations with challenges.

We hope you take the time to learn about the schools highlighted in our “We Love Our Schools” campaign and what they are doing to increase student achievement, including:

  • Recently named 4- and 5-Star schools in the ZOOM program that support English Language Learners and the Victory program that supports learners from other at-risk schools
  • 2017 Shining Star Schools that serve populations of students from lower-income neighborhoods and have closed the opportunity gap
  • Five CCSD high schools with the largest increases in graduation rates for the class of 2017
  • CCSD’s 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools, which honors schools that have achieved high levels of student achievement or made significant improvements in closing the opportunity gap between subgroups of students
  • CCSD’s 2017 National Title 1 Distinguished Schools, which are Title 1 schools serving students from at-risk communities that have made innovations that led to gains in student achievement
  • Several other schools that have recently been recognized for increasing achievement while serving populations of students with challenges

 

These school communities have worked hard to increase student achievement and ensure that all students can reach their full potential. We hope the community will join us in celebrating their success and learning from their innovative hard work!

For more information on the schools, visit weloveourschools.ccsd.net!

Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky Discusses American Education Week in the Latest “Pat, Personally”

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and as Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky says in “Pat, Personally,” “It works out well that this week (the week of Nov. 13) is American Education Week, a week that honors the teachers who spend innumerable hours working with our children, and also the staff who keep our students safe, transport our students, prepare their food, keep their school clean – and so much more.”

Pat, Personally – A Trip Down Memory Lane

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In the past five days, I had the opportunity to visit three of the schools that I worked in during my time with CCSD. Visiting each of these schools brought back so many memories, including stories of families, students, teachers and former principals.

It was exciting to drive up to C.C. Ronnow Elementary School to visit the school where my career began 29 years ago. As I walked the building with Principal Chris Popek and Assistant Principal Michelee Crawford, I talked about the rooms I taught in and interacted with amazing staff and students. It was great to talk with first-grade teachers who were collaborating on math standards and pacing with their Math Learning Strategist. I also participated in a roundtable discussion with many fifth-grade students who had prepared many great questions. It forced me to really think about the past and the future at the same time. I sat with Principal Popek and talked about the SB 178 funds that he received from the legislative session. Our future is bright because we have amazing students like those fifth-graders at C.C. Ronnow.

Superintendent Skorkowsky stops to take a picture in front of the first classroom he ever taught in as a teacher in the Clark County School District. The superintendent started his teaching career at C.C. Ronnow Elementary School in 1988. Also pictured are Principal Chris Popek and Assistant Principal Michele Crawford.

Driving up Stewart Avenue to visit Kirk Adams Elementary School, I couldn’t help but notice how much of the open land that was there in 1991 was filled in with homes and apartments. It reminded me of the growth of the valley since 1988. Principal Mark Connors was waiting in the front of the school, and as I got out of my car, a parent drove past him and handed him a cup of coffee from a coffee shop. It made me appreciate how our schools and their employees are part of our community neighborhoods.

Superintendent Skorkowsky stops to look in on a classroom while touring Kirk Adams Elementary School.

Superintendent Skorkowsky stops to look in on a classroom while touring Kirk Adams Elementary School.

As I walked into the school, I felt the nostalgia sweeping over me. This was a school that I opened as a teacher. We weren’t able to move into the building until the Sunday before school started and we had so many of our teachers and families cleaning the building and setting up classrooms so we could start school the next day. In the conference room, Mr. Connors had a present for me, a quilt that my students, a grandparent and I made together as a class in 1991. We were teaching about families and traditions and each student used mathematical shapes to create their own quilt square. What a thoughtful gesture to help remind me of my time as an “All-Star!”

The Principal of Kirk Adams Elementary, ? Conners, presents Superintendent Skorkowsky with a quilt that was hanging in the school. The quilt was created in 1991 by the 1st grade class that the Superintendent taught while a teacher at the school.

School Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Kaatz and Kirk Adams Elementary Principal Mark Connors presents Superintendent Skorkowsky with a quilt that was hanging in the school. The quilt was created in 1991 by the 1st grade class that the Superintendent taught while a teacher at the school.

Some 5th grade students at C.C. Ronnow Elementary took a group picture with the Superintendent after they hosted a town hall style event that featured a question and answer session with Mr. Skorkowsky.

Some 5th grade students at C.C. Ronnow Elementary took a group picture with the Superintendent after they hosted a town hall style event that featured a question and answer session with Mr. Skorkowsky.

Doris French celebrated its 40th anniversary on Sept. 23. The event began with a welcome by the current Principal Tammy Villarreal-Crabb who also introduced a video of Lamar Terry, the first principal of Doris French. He talked about many of the programs he started. As the program went on, I looked around the room to see the current students, parents and community members, but what made me the happiest was seeing the numerous teachers with whom I worked during my five years as principal. We laughed and told stories of events that happened while we were there. We couldn’t believe that “Dynamite Dolphins” was started when the school opened and is still a tradition each Friday morning, and we celebrated how much we enjoyed our time at French. It was a true celebration of the rich heritage of not only Doris French, but of many of our schools across the valley.

Superintendent Skorkowsky visits familiar faces during Doris French Elementary School's 40th anniversary.

Superintendent Skorkowsky visits familiar faces during Doris French Elementary School’s 40th anniversary.

Many of our employees in CCSD have the same rich history with schools in our district. As time passes, we often forget the little memories of our assignments. It is powerful to go back and remember the best parts of our past while working hard to make the future even brighter!