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To search or not to search: Clark County School Board remains undecided

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Trevon Milliard

To search for a superintendent or not?

After almost three months of back and forth, the Clark County School Board still couldn’t come to a decision Monday night despite holding a four-and-a-half-hour meeting to answer that “simple question,” as one high school teacher put it during public comment.

The seven School Board members heard from many teachers and community leaders who were adamant about what they should do to select the next leader of the Clark County School District.

Clark County Education Association President Ruben Murillo — and many teachers represented by the union — pushed for permanently appointing Interim Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, who was deputy superintendent for eight months before being chosen as a stand-in superintendent. Murillo said the union is lobbying for Skorkowsky, but not because he’s in the union’s “pocket,” as some critics have suggested.

“Listen to what the community wants,” said Murillo, pointing to a district survey that showed support for a homegrown superintendent.

Board members Chris Garvey and Deanna Wright, who have been voicing support for Skorkowsky and no search, also pointed to the survey as community-wide agreement.

But only 1,682 surveys were completed and an average of 35 people attended each of the dozen town hall meetings held by the district to gather public comment. That’s a minute number considering the district, which is the fifth-largest in the nation, has 311,000 students. That makes the survey – described by district staff as “unscientific” – not representative of the community, some contend.


Las Vegas Review-Journal