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BY MARIE ANDRUSEWICZ -- As Clark County Schools seek candidates to replace Superintendent Dwight Jones, a former Chancellor of the Nevada Board of Regents says the district has a bigger problem: An incompetent school board.
“They’re nice people,” says Jim Rogers. “They mean well, but they don’t know what they’re doing.”
Rogers, who is the owner of Las Vegas’ NBC affiliate KSNV, says the Clark County School Board is the most important governing board in the state, and until that system is changed, it doesn’t really matter who is picked as superintendent.
He even goes so far as to suggest that one of the reasons Jones’ left was because of school board incompetence.
“I’m guessing that he was frustrated by a board that couldn’t understand what he was trying to do.”
So if he could pick his dream team, who would Rogers want to lead CCSD?
“I tell you where I’d start. No one is more interested in education in southern Nevada than Elaine Wynn. She’d become my number one appointee.”
And then things get cozy pretty quickly. His second choice is his son.
“Perry Rogers has been involved in education across the country forever. He’s smarter than I am, he’s more creative than I am, and he gets jobs done,” says Rogers.
Other names on his list include Pat Mulroy, Patti Hart, Bill Martin, and Janie Greenspun.
In an interview with State of Nevada, CCSD board president Carolyn Edwards defended the qualifications of the board.
“The reality is we have exceptional people on this board,” says Edwards. “I graduated with a masters degree, valedictorian of my class ... we have a lawyer on the board, we have people who are highly educated.”