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Once-fired Clark County School District superintendent back on the job

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Clark County School District Jesus Jara discusses COVID policies last year. He was on the job Monday after his firing was rescinded by the school board.

Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara was back on the job today after trustees rescinded their firing.

The school board voted to let Jara go on Oct. 28 but reversed course in mid-November, and on Friday Jara said he would return to work.

“There are too many children in this community that have been left behind. I won’t walk away from them. As an immigrant, and as a child who worked his way out of poverty through education, and as a parent, I understand what’s at stake for all the children we serve,” he said in a statement. “That’s why starting on Monday, in this critical moment, we’re going to continue working day and night to make sure that we re-center our focus on our students’ safety, mental health, and unfinished learning.” 

It is yet to be seen if tumult on the board and the criticism of Jara’s managerial style will be muted now that he has decided to stay.

“With this group, it's very hard to do predictions,” said Dave Berns, a Nevada Public Radio news producer who covers educations. “Aside from everything else, children are watching, families are watching.”

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