CCSD to name new superintendent Wednesday

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A new superintendent for the Clark County School District will be announced Wednesday morning.

The current superintendent, Pat Skorkowsky, will retire next month.

The six candidates: Three internal and three from out-of-state had their public interviews last Friday. 

The current assistant superintendent, Jesse Welsh, focused on communication, both internally and externally.

“Communication is one of those pieces; it’s critical,” said Dr. Welsh.

Donald Haddad, another candidate, is the superintendent of St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado.  He says his key to succeeding as superintendent is having a good team.

“I believe strongly in surrounding my people, myself with people who have strong character and integrity,” said Haddad.

CCSD Chief Academic Officer Mike Barton touted the gains in student achievement over the five years he’s held that position.

“I’m internal; I know where things are that need to be changed, and how they can rapidly change to make improvements,” Dr. Barton said. “I’m that candidate to make it happen.”

Shonda Huery Hardman moved to Las Vegas with her husband who took a job in the area five months ago.  She was the chief school support officer for the Houston Independent School District and has been watching the funding fight unfold.

“At the end of the day, we have to raise the bottom,” Dr. Huery Hardman said.  “$5,779 is just not enough.” 

Orange County, Florida Deputy Superintendent Jesus Jara would like to see CCSD better sell itself to the community.

“Public schools are working in America, so the narrative has to change,” Jara said.

Lastly, former CCSD Interim Chief Finacial Officer Eva White says there are trust issues that need to be fixed.

“One of the things that I think is a challenge is the lack of trust that people in the district and out of the district actually have for the district,” said White.

Trustees will make their picks at a special meeting Wednesday. It starts at 8 a.m.
 

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