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New CCSD Board Member Talks About Goals

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CCSD Trustee Stavan Corbett. CCSD Trustee Stavan Corbett.

LAS VEGAS -- Hispanics make up nearly 50 percent of the student population in Clark County. Until last week when Stavan Corbett was appointed, no one on the school board represented the Latino background.

Corbett realizes he has a big job ahead of him as he represents close to 50,000 kids in the south-central part of Las Vegas, many of them are Hispanics. He says his vision for the future of Clark County School District will benefit all students.

Corbett grew up in Las Vegas. He graduated from the College of Southern Nevada and went on to become a teacher. He says, with more and more students coming from Hispanic families, it's critical for those children to have strong visible role models in the community.

"It gives them a positive image of their future," Corbett said. 

It was one of the main reasons Corbett applied to be the newest member of the Clark County School Board. He says with Hispanic youths making up 44 percent of the district's student population, there is a greater need for more English Language Learner programs.  

"I felt it's my responsibility to reduce the barriers for those like myself," he added.

Corbett has just spent the past three years on the Nevada Board of Education. Former CCSD Trustee Jose Solorio says Corbett's experience at the state level will serve him well on the school board.

"He served on the policy making level, now he can serve on the ground floor with the implementation of those policies and making a big impact," Solorio said.

One impact Corbett hopes to make is to ease school overcrowding. He says finding a solution -- from rezoning to building new schools -- is critical, especially for students.

"As long as there are students who are concerned about resources and if there are not enough for them, they are never able to focus on things they need to accomplish and be successful," Corbett said.

Corbett says he also wants to use his relationship with local businesses and community leaders to support and put more resources into low-performing schools. The father of three will take his seat on the school board for his first meeting on Dec. 19.

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