Reorganized, Not Broken Up: Can CCSD Plan Improve Schools?


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A student raises his hand during a lesson at Forbuss Elementary School on the Valley's southwest side. Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky has unveiled a new structure for reorganizing the school district.

A few weeks ago, Clark County Schools Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky unveiled his plan to reorganize the school district.

Clark County has the fifth-largest school district in the country with some 300,000 students. Earlier this year, state lawmakers voted not to break up the district -- that would have cost potentially millions in additional bond payments on much needed building projects. Instead, they voted to form a committee to study reorganizing the district.

Last month, Skorkowsky unveiled his plan and said the district was ready to implement the first of three phases. It faced some criticism right away, foremost because a state committee to study the district had barely formed.

But things have calmed down since that committee met. With another meeting next week, Skorkowsky’s plan is being honed and refined.

Skorkowsky still hopes to implement the plan by the start of the 2016 school year. It will include additional training for principals, helping them to understand the limits of, and how to handle their new automony.


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