Upon his selection in 2011, Superintendent Dwight Jones was hailed as a bold reformer charged with improving a troubled district that ranked as one of the worst in the nation. During his tenure, he introduced changes and implemented turnaround plans at several struggling Clark County schools. Now, only two years into a four-year contract, he's abruptly leaving his post to care for his ailing mother.
Heath Morrison won National Superintendent of the Year in 2012, having raised graduation rates in the largely rural Washoe County School District. But now Morrison is leaving for a new superintendent job in North Carolina.
Little Susie is waiting to go to school. When the big yellow bus rolls up, she climbs in... but not before seeing the billboard plastered on the side: "Just for the taste of it Diet Coke." Should we put ads on the side of school buses? The Washoe County School District says it desperately needs the money. But one Board member and some concerned parents say it's sending the wrong message to kids: to drink soda and whatever else is being advertised. Are their concerns valid? Or is advertising a good way to inject funds back into education? School officials join us to debate the pros and cons.