The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions
are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.
The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Nevada.
Washoe County School District Board of Trustees
What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.
Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees.
How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Tuesdays) at 2 pm both virtually and at the Central Administration Building Board Room, 425 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512.
Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings.
Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person or via email. Email comments should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting
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What happened at this meeting?
Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda
Consent agenda highlights include:
- Final approval of Board Policy 5120 – Arrest of Students on School Property
- Approval to contract Balanced Governance Solutions for 2023-2024 board and superintendent evaluations
- Several bid awards
Explore the consent agenda here.
Trustees Approved the Purchase of i-Ready Math and English Language Arts (ELA) Site Licenses for Elementary and Middle Schools
Trustees approved the purchase of i-Ready Math and English Language Arts (ELA) site licenses for all WCSD elementary and middle schools form Curriculum Associates, LLC. The purchase will utilize American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER III) for $6,484,688.25.
Explore the agreement.
Trustees Received a Presentation on the Progress and Schedule of the District-Wide Strategic Planning Process
Trustees received an update on the strategic planning process conducted by Performance Fact, Inc., including a breakdown of student demographics and educational attainment. Highlights included:
- For rigorous coursework, 28% of students in the district passed at least one AP or IB exam, 27% are completing at least one CTE (career and technical education) pathway, and 22% are earning dual credit.
- The 4-year cohort graduation rate was 82% for the class of 2021. The four-year cohort graduation rate for 2022 went up to 84%.
- According to the Kindergarten Readiness Measures for years 2021-2022, seven out of 20 students are meeting or exceeding standards.
The next board update on the process will take place May 23, with continuing engagement with stakeholder groups and community forums taking place in the interim.
Explore the presentation and the work to date draft.
Trustees Approved the Recommendations of the Zoning Advisory Committee
Trustees approved modifying the enrollment boundaries of Procter Hug High School and Robert McQueen High School, beginning for the 2023-2024 school year.
Explore the presentation.
Trustees Celebrated the Success of Students at Libby Booth Elementary School
Trustees received a spotlight presentation of Booth Elementary School. Highlights included:
- The WCSD Student Superstar Award went to fifth grader Dalilah Hartley.
- Libby Booth Elementary School broke all-time records for reading proficiency last year on the SBAC assessment, with 14% scoring above standards.
- The school more than doubled its math proficiency.
- Ten percent of students with an IEP scored above standards in reading.
- The school grew from the lowest-performing elementary school in WCSD in 2019 to the third highest performing in reading among Title I schools.
- The computer lab has been turned into Makerspace, an engineering lab for students.
Explore the presentation.
Trustees Approved the Donation by WCSD of Real Property Located at 200 School St. In Wadsworth, Nevada to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Trustees approved the donation of property located at 200 School St. in Wadsworth, Nevada, to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.
View the map and school sites, as well as the floor plan.
Trustee reports highlights included:
- Several school and staff visits and student events
- Attending JROTC activities and awards
- Spring sporting events
- School visits for Nevada Reading Week and autism awareness
- April’s designation as Autism Awareness Month
- Speech and debate students heading to national competitions
- Students being allowed to decorate their graduation caps as long as decorations are appropriate
- No tolerance policy for racism, antisemitism, and homophobia in WCSD schools, and ensuring all students and staff members feel safe and welcome
- Screen time for students
- Quality of online classes and coursework
- Traffic safety for school pick-ups and drop-offs
The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for April 25, 2023, at 2:00 p.m.