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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting
Trustees Approved the Purchase of Middle and High School Social Studies Instructional Materials
Trustees approved the purchase middle and high school social studies instructional materials from National Geographic/Cengage. This is the first update to these materials since 2007. The cost of the materials is $4,510,000 and is covered by ESSER funds. Additional discussion on training, grade banding, and curriculum took place before approval.
Trustees Celebrated the Success of Students Attending Edward C. Reed High School
Staff and students provided an overview of the school’s successes, including a spotlight on Evelyn Maile, a junior involved in the school’s biomedical program who is a Skills USA officer and award winner, JROTC leader, and track and field athlete.
The school has seen an increase in its student and staff climate scores, as well as dual credit coursework enrollment and graduation rates, projecting an 85% graduation rate in 2023.
Areas of focus include increased preparation for ACT testing, increasing dual credit and CTE coursework, and building and grounds improvements.
Trustees Approved Board Policy 9100 Regarding Public Bodies
Trustees approved changes to Board Policy 9100, regarding public bodies and volunteers, and initiated the 13-day public review and comment period. Changes include:
Providing a definition on staff liaisons
Clarifying the role of staff liaisons and guidelines for contact to public bodies
Term limits in this policy were adjusted from five terms to three consecutive terms (page 5, item 4d). Allowed absences were adjusted from 50% to 33% of regularly scheduled meetings. The term “Reporting Structure” was removed from a recommendations section (page 5, item 6).