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New Superintendent Talks Priorities

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LAS VEGAS -- The man who will lead the Clark County School District has answered questions from reporters. Dr. Dwight Jones held his first news conference since being named superintendent, talking about his priorities, his contract and his plans to turn the district around.

Jones just arrived from Denver, where he has been Colorado's Commissioner of Education. He said his top priority is achievement and says it starts with evaluating where students are now.

"We've got to make sure we've got good data to make the right kind of decisions. We've got to make a systemic analysis and figure out things that are working and if they are, determine how do we scale that," he said. "Look at finances, look at organization and make recommendations."

Jones said he plans to meet with budget leaders and legislators as soon as he starts his job in December.

His arrival is not without controversy. He signed his contract in mid-October with one school board member voting against it. The contract guarantees him a salary of $270,000, plus an additional $80,000 in perks and benefits.

Current Superintendent Walt Rulffes is still leading the district and will stay on through December 17, two days after Jones starts work.

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