CCSD Could Face Another 2,500 Job Cuts - 8 News NOW

CCSD Could Face Another 2,500 Job Cuts

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LAS VEGAS -- 8 News NOW has learned that Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones has sent a letter to all teachers saying another 2,500 to 3,500 jobs could be in jeopardy to balance the district's budget.

Dwight Jones knew he was walking into a fiscal mess when he started the superintendent's job back in December.

Read the letter Jones sent to CCSD employees

"I knew there was a lot of challenges, far too many kids dropping out, not enough kids graduating, not enough kids reading at grade level. The smart kids weren't competing with other smart kids in other states, so I knew those challenges," said Jones.

What he didn't know is he would have to oversee $400 million in budget cuts including layoffs for thousands of teachers and staff.

"When 90 percent of your budget is people, how do you avoid having layoffs and cutting jobs, you can't avoid it," Jones said. In his letter to employees, he said there will be more job cuts without substantial additional revenue in the budget.

While he waits for the legislature to hand down its final budget, Jones is focusing on creating the Nevada growth model.

"We'll put in the hands of every parent how their student has been doing over time, and how we start to make predictions on how much growth they need to make to get to proficiency or to get to the advanced level."

He did it in Colorado and plans to implement the K -  8th growth model here in August with individual student and school test results by November. He believes tracking student progress catches problems early and is a better measure of teacher and school performance than the Adequate Yearly Progress report.

"We do have to make a cultural shift though."

Jones wants to get more parents involved even if it means walking neighborhoods. His ultimate goal is to graduate more students.

"It's never more important than kids getting a high school diploma and doing something post-secondary."

Jones starts his work day at 4 a.m. every day and usually doesn't get home from meetings or events until 9 p.m. He says the biggest misconception about his job is that the public blames him and the school board for the budget cuts.

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