LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara released a statement regarding his future with the school district on Friday evening after a few tense months with school board administrators.
In his statement, he announced that he would return as acting superintendent on Monday, December 6.
His full statement is as follows below.
This afternoon, I reached an agreement with the majority of the council on the best way forward for the 305,000 students in Clark County, and on Monday, December 6, I will return to service to our community as Superintendent.
Over the past five weeks, we have seen too much attention being focused on adults instead of focusing on the 305,000 students we are here to serve. As my team continued to lead our district – America’s 5th largest – through devastating learning disruptions related to the pandemic and challenges to the mental health of our students, there were too many student-centered distractions. adults who have created instability for our students, parents and staff. This is unacceptable; and now is the time to move on.
When I took on this position three and a half years ago, I made a commitment to the students and families in this neighborhood, and over the past three and a half years, I have worked to create real solutions to some of our greatest challenges – staff shortages, mental health, equity and a safe return to in-person learning, among others. I am proud of the work our team did in leading our system and our students through one of the greatest disruptions to their learning and well-being that any of us have ever faced, and my work here is not finished.
There are too many children in this community who have been left behind. I will not move away from them. As an immigrant and as a child raised out of poverty through education, and as a parent, I understand what is at stake for all of the children we serve. This is why starting Monday, at this critical time, we will continue to work day and night to ensure that we refocus our attention on the safety, sanity and unfinished learning of our students. These are our fundamental priorities.
Dr Jesus Jara, Director of the CCDS School
Dr Jara’s announcement comes after weeks of tense discussions among school board members.
At the end of October, the trustees voted 4 to 3 to terminate his contract out of convenience, which means that they did not have to give a reason.
Initially, Jara’s last day was supposed to be December 1, but the directors rejected their vote to terminate her contract in mid-November.
CCDS school counselors also released a statement on the latest developments on Friday evening, saying they had come to an understanding with Dr Jara. The full statement is listed below.
The Clark County School District School Administration Board has reached an agreement with Dr. Jesus F. Jara to continue as superintendent. As the first step in this process is complete, we will continue to strive for a more collaborative, respectful and supportive relationship between the Board and the Superintendent. We are moving forward by refocusing our attention on the students of this district and their academic performance through our roles as trustees.
CCDS School Board
The CCSD has had 12 different superintendents since the inception of the school district in 1956.
Over the past 20 years, five different superintendents have held the position.
Dr Jara has served as CCDS Superintendent since 2018.