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Updated: 8/07/2013 10:05 pm
LAS VEGAS -- Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky today announced a reorganization of leadership in the Clark County School District that will provide more direct support to schools, encourage innovation and focus on student results.

The reorganization emphasizes priorities outlined by the Clark County Board of School Trustees and community during the recent superintendent selection process.

“Over the past six months, I listened closely to our Board of School Trustees, our employees, our parents, and the many other Nevadans who want to see every one of our 312,000 students succeed,” Skorkowsky said.

New CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky is remaking the district by reorganizing departments to focus on five key areas he believes will lead to greater success and growth.
  • Achievement: To get students college and career ready.
  • People: All adults contributing to classroom success.
  • Results: Investments turn student success.
  • Opportunity: For every student and adult.
  • Innovation: At every level.
“This reorganization directs resources to the beliefs we hold dear as a community. We must increase student achievement, ensure every child has an equal opportunity for success, provide effective support and training so all employees can reach their potential, act as responsible stewards of taxpayer money, and encourage innovation in the classroom and beyond,” he said.

Kim Wooden will serve as the District’s new Deputy Superintendent of Educational and Operational Excellence, focusing on the District’s facilities, food services, transportation, special education, gifted and talented, energy conservation, and emergency management departments.

Mike Barton will serve as the District’s Chief Student Achievement Officer. The vast majority of the District’s 357 schools will remain divided into 13 performance zones, each guided by an Academic Manager directly under Barton’s supervision.

Jhone Ebert will serve as the Chief Innovation and Productivity Officer, continuing with her duties of transforming the District’s online and blended learning initiatives for students and most of the District’s 38,000 employees. She also will guide the development of a data management process that will enhance teachers’ and administrators’ ability to make informed decisions.

Staci Vesneske will serve as the Chief Human Capital Officer, overseeing the hiring and onboarding of new employees. Given that nearly 90 percent of the District’s budget is spent on employee salary and benefits, Vesneske will oversee the hiring of our most valuable resource: people.

Andre Denson will serve as Chief Educational Opportunity Officer, working to cultivate a welcoming and productive environment for all students, staff and parents within the District’s 357 schools.

The reorganization will be cost neutral.

Skorkowsky will continue working to implement the vision set by the Board of Trustees by outlining more specific goals and accountability measures.

“I look forward to partnering with our staff, parents and community toward the success of ‘every student in every classroom, without exceptions, without excuses,’” Skorkowsky said.

-- From news release
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