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, May 9, 2023
Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting
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Watch the meeting playback.
What happened at this meeting?
Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda
Consent agenda highlights include:
- Several board appointments to the Zoning Advisory Committee
- Two board appointments to the Audit Committee
- Approval of a donation of a parcel of land for a potential new elementary school
- Approval of purchasing 100 Book Challenge resources
Explore the consent agenda here.
Trustees Recognized May 2023 as National Mental Health Awareness Month
Trustees passed a resolution recognizing May as National Mental Health Awareness Month.
Explore the board resolution.
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.
Explore the master pricing agreement.
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.
Explore the presentation.
Trustees Recognized May 8-12, 2023 as Educator Appreciation Week and May 9, 2023 as National Educator Day in the Washoe County School District
Trustees recognized May 8-12 as Educator Appreciation Week, with May 9 specially designated as National Educator Day.
Explore the board resolution.
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).
Explore the revised policy.
Trustee reports highlights included:
- Various tours and visits to schools
- Leadership changes at schools
- Parent/teacher home visitors event (180 staff members from 24 schools participated in home visits)
- Visiting the Inspire Academy and Project 150 boutique
- Attending JROTC award events
- Congratulating Superintendent Enfield on her first anniversary with WCSD
- An upcoming safety forum
The Superintendent’s report highlights included:
- Anonymous threats the District received (alongside other districts throughout the U.S.)
- Acknowledgment of Educator Appreciation Week
- Reaching the landmark of the Superintendent visiting every school in the District, as of early June
- Appreciation for the team and Trustees on the Superintendent’s one-year anniversary with the District
- Restorative justice practices
- Student safety concerns
- Student performance
The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for May 23, 2023, at 2:00 p.m.