Mixed reactions to CCSD Trustees upcoming review of Superintendent Jara’s conduct

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District will now have to decide whether to keep Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara. This follows criticism by State lawmakers and some school unions regarding comments made at the special state legislative session.

“I think it’s selfish,” said teacher Angie Sullivan. “I think they’re doing it for personal reasons.”

Teacher Alexis Salt was of a different opinion, saying, “I’m glad to see some accountability at the top.”

They’re mixed reactions to a letter signed by Trustee Danielle Ford to Jara. It asks to review his performance next week during a special meeting.

The request comes about a month after the superintendent’s evaluation with board members.

“What happened in 30 days, you want to fire him?” questioned Sullivan.

The letter states a lack of trust in his leadership and his alleged failure to maintain a professional relationship with the Governor and lawmakers. Trustees plan to consider his “character, misconduct or competence.”

We asked Del Sol Academy teacher Kenny Belknap if he’s worried the trustees will terminate Jara.

“A little bit,” Belknap admitted. “Yeah, I think it would leave the ship that is CCSD adrift without a captain in the hardest time in education that we can really fathom.”

The Clark County Education Association calls the effort by trustees “reckless” and “driven by a political agenda.” A statement released Thursday says in part, “There is a back story, and we welcome the discussion and will bring to light what has been conveniently left out.”

“I have some assumptions about what it may be about,” said Belknap.

Trustee Lola Brooks tells us there is no precedence for this situation, and they’re figuring it out.

Ford and 8 News Now reporter Cristen Drummond scheduled a virtual interview for this morning, but she canceled last minute and claims an attorney advised her not to speak.

CCSD sent us the following statement, regarding the letter sent to Jara:

Superintendent Jara remains focused on the upcoming school year and preparing students, staff, parents and the community for distance education.

Clark County School District

The special meeting is set for Wednesday at 1 p.m. Brooks originally said the meeting would be in-person, but that has since changed, and it will now be virtual.

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