LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – In his first State of the District address today, Clark County Superintendent Dwight Jones admitted there are problems with the district, at one point saying it had lost trust with the community.
Jones said the district’s issues stem from a "Perfect storm of three events," including huge growth in the district, the difficult economic climate and hardships families face.
Giving the address this morning at Chaparral High School, Jones touched on what the district has accomplished this year and its plans for the year ahead.
Jones said the district has reduced its office budget, become more transparent and trained at least 2,000 mentors to help students. He said improvement are needed in three areas: help for students who don’t speak English as a first language, investment in classroom technology for students and signing a contract with the teachers union.
In the coming year, Jones told the crowd to expect individual school turnaround efforts to continue, said district officials want to improve early childhood education and keep getting students who drop out to return to school.
Jones received a positive review Wednesday from the School Board on work he's done since his appointment in 2010.