Dr. Jesus Jara, the deputy superintendent of Orange County Public Schools in Florida has been named the new superintendent for the CCSD school district.
The board of trustees voted 4 to 3 in favor of Jara. Trustees Lola Brookes, Linda Cavazos, Kevin Child and Carolyn Edwards voted in favor or Jara. Chris Garvey and Deanna Wright voted against him and Linda Young declined to vote.
Prior to the vote for Jara, a vote for CCSD’s Chief Academic Officer Dr. Mike Barton failed when the majority of the board failed to support him. He was considered a district favorite.
Jara, who was one of 6 final candidates vying for the top job, released the following statement.
“I’m humbled and honored to be chosen as the next Superintendent of the Clark County School District, and my excitement for the job has only grown seeing the passion of the entire CCSD community firsthand. I want to thank the Board for choosing me from a group of incredibly talented and dedicated candidates. Education changed my life; it gave me opportunity. Ensuring that every single student gets that same opportunity is why I first became a teacher and what drives my work every day. I could not be more eager to get to work alongside CCSD’s incredible teachers, principals, and staff to build on and accelerate the district’s progress, and I look forward to starting by listening to the entire Clark County community about what has been working and where we can continue to improve.”