Group to serve as clear­ing­house

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - FROM THE COVER - By Meghin De­laney Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal

A new group will serve as a clear­ing­house for par­ents in­volved with school or­ga­ni­za­tional teams as part of the state-man­dated Clark County School Dis­trict re­or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Ex­pe­ri­ences on the teams have var­ied widely. Some peo­ple who have spo­ken to the law­mak­ers over­see­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion have com­plained they are be­ing stonewalled by prin­ci­pals and dis­trict of­fi­cials. Oth­ers have re­ported suc­cess sto­ries of col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Try­ing to move more ex­pe­ri­ences from the for­mer to the lat­ter isn’t quite a task for the law­mak­ers to take on. “It is a task that I think needs to be ad­dressed over this in­terim and frankly, it’s a lot for this com­mit­tee to take on in our meet­ings,” said Sen. Michael Rober­son, R-henderson, the chair­man of the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion. “Our meet­ings are full with other as­pects of the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

The in­tent of the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion is to push more money and de­ci­sion-mak­ing power into the hands of prin­ci­pals and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, through the school or­ga­ni­za­tional

teams. The teams are ad­vi­sory in na­ture, but are re­quired.

Peo­ple who have tes­ti­fied be­fore law­mak­ers have sug­gested changes, in­clud­ing length­en­ing the terms of the mem­bers from one year to two to cut down on train­ing,and stag­ger­ing the mem­bers’ terms, so it’s not an en­tirely new group of mem­bers every time.

The ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee has ap­pointed Sen. Becky Har­ris, R-las Ve­gas, to over­see the subcom­mit­tee.

“We are now go­ing to be able to em­bark on a process where we’re able to get that feed­back,” she said. “I’m ex­cited to help pro­vide a fo­rum for that.”

Con­tact Meghin De­laney at 702383-0281 or mde­laney@re­viewjour­ Fol­low @Meghin­de­laney on Twit­ter.

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