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School Board to Revote on New Superintendent

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LAS VEGAS - The Clark County School District Board of Trustees is revoting Monday on a new superintendent.

The new vote comes after allegations the trustees violated Nevada's open meeting law when they voted to appoint Pat Skorkowsky to the post last month.

The trustees maintain they didn't violate the open meeting law, but agree it's important to keep the superintendent selection process open and transparent. So, the board is reholding its vote.

Skorkowsky, a long-time Clark County school administrator, became interim superintendent after former Superintendent Dwight Jones broke his contract unexpectedly and left in March.

The trustees are expected to vote for Skorkowsky again. They are also expected to discuss the terms of his contract.

CCSD Board of Trustees President Carolyn Edwards said she's going to suggest paying Skorkowsky approximately $20,000 less per year than Jones, who earned a base salary of $282,571.

Edwards says the $20,000 would be given to Skorkowsky as a bonus if he stays on as superintendent for four years.

"I think the incentive to stay would help people get to a four-year point. There's an automatic incentive to stay five, and that is that you become PERS-vested at five years," she said. "I didn't want to do five, because there's already an incentive to do five. It was to get people to the four-year mark, so that they are likely to stay five."

PERS is the state retirement fund. Jones never reached the five-year mark. He only served approximately two years.

If the board appoints Skorkowsky, the district would save thousands of dollars by avoiding a nationwide search for potential candidates.

The district paid $60,000 for the search that resulted in Jones' hiring. The savings would be used for teacher salaries, school repairs and/or other expenses.

Edwards says it's not about the money. She says the board wants a leader from within the district, rather than someone from another state.

"I believe our staff has had a lot of changes brought forward in the last two years, and we need the time and the opportunity to move those reforms forward and not have another big set of changes," she said.

If you want to attend Monday's public meeting, it will be held at the Greer Education Center at 2832 E. Flamingo Road. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

If you can't attend the meeting in person, you can also watch it online on the Clark County School District website.

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