LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara delivered his 2020 State of the Schools address Friday morning.
Jara celebrated some achievements, while highlighting the areas that need to improve. The recurring theme was how can the district provide better opportunities for students, especially minority children and those who live in poverty. This was Dr. Jara’s second address since he took the reigns as CCSD superintendent in 2018.
He gave an update on Focus 2024 which is a strategic plan he unveiled last year to improve education within five years.
When it comes to student success, he said 86 schools across the district improved their academic star ranking in 2019 and dual-credit enrollment nearly doubled in advanced placement classes at high schools. He also unveiled a $4 billion capital improvement project.
In terms of long-term goals within the district, Jara said he’s laser-focused on improving equity and access.
“For our Hispanic 4th graders, we made a 6 point increase. And then also for our English Language Learners 18 points in our nation’s report card. That’s what I want to be competing and that’s where I want to compare,” Jara said.
CCSD also unveiled it will start offering universal breakfast in March. Children will get a free morning meal on school days.
Jara also addressed the teacher shortage crisis saying they are looking at creative ways to attract teachers to the district.