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Report: CCSD Educators Demoralized and Apprehensive

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CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones

LAS VEGAS -- A consulting report on how Clark County School District operates is an eye opening look that offers frank opinions about problems inside the district.

An "air of hopelessness" and deans being "treated like dogs" are just a few of the findings in a major new study of the Clark County School District that was paid for by the Lincy Foundation.

Among the recommendations made by the consultants, they call for is eliminating the deans' position and having them become assistant principals.

"I think this is part of our first step in truth telling about things that we all have to embrace. Because ultimately, the community owns their schools," said CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones.

The report from Quality Leadership Resources came from 60 two-hour face-to-face meetings with 1,000 district employees.

The consultants found local educators to "appear tired, full of questions, apprehensive, and in many cases demoralized, and an air of hopelessness was evident." Principals criticized the reassignment of "ineffective staff, commonly called the dance of the lemons."

But when it came to deans in local schools, the study claimed many principals felt deans were mistreated, one saying they were "treated like dogs." Deans primarily handle discipline issues at schools and report directly to the main office.

"If there are cases where we are not treating all employees with dignity and respect, that's got to be addressed. So that's one of the things that I read that I said, 'Let me get more perspective,'" said Jones.

The consultants recommend that deans be given more authority as assistant principals and report to the principal. They also call for gutting some of the administrative positions between principals and the superintendent.

There are also calls for more on-the-job training. A majority of teachers surveyed said watching others teach would help make them better, but 70 percent say they rarely or never get the chance to do so.

Clark County's school board will debate whether to pass a dozen reforms mentioned in the report during their meeting tonight.

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