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CCSD to decide on Supt. Jesus Jara's resignation terms next week

Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara discusses a return to in-person learning early this year.
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Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara discusses a return to in-person learning early this year.

Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara is looking to step down this month, and is asking for a buyout of his contract, which expires in June 2026.

Under the superintendent’s current contract, he’s entitled to his full pay and benefits up to and including his last day. That’s if he gives 90 days notice. According to his resignation letter, he wants to be allowed to leave the district with full pay and benefits with only seven days' notice.

He’s also asking for severance equal to one year's salary of $395,000 and payment for all unused vacation days and sick leave.

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The CCSD Board of Trustees will consider the move at a meeting next Wednesday.

They’ll also discuss the possibility of appointing current Deputy Superintendent Brenda Larsen-Mitchell to lead the district.

Jara was hired in 2018 and would go on to oversee pandemic-related school closures, and face criticism regarding the district’s performance.

He was fired in 2021 in a split vote by the board but was quickly rehired.

If the board accepts Jara’s resignation, his last day will be February 21.

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