Nevada Association of School Boards
NASB Officers and Members of the Executive Committee
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Joe F. Crim, Jr.
Immediate Past President
Joe Crim, Jr., was elected to the Pershing County Board of School Trustees in November 2008 and has served since January 2009. He has served on the NASB Board of Directors for four years. In 2012, he was selected to represent Nevada’s fifteen rural school districts as a liaison to the Executive Committee. He was elected as the Association’s Legislative Chair in November 2012.
As a member of the Pershing County Board of School Trustees, Mr. Crim’s priority has been to provide equal educational opportunities for all students. As a Director and as NASB’s Legislative Chair, Mr. Crim brings to his position skills as an active listener, a statewide perspective of Nevada school districts, and a willingness to work with others to further develop a system of Nevada public education that is fair and balanced.
Mr. Crim and his wife Sheri have three children and one grandchild. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and perfecting his application to become a contestant on “Survivor.”
Carolyn Edwards began her service as a school board member in the Clark County School District in January 2007. Since that time, the Clark County School District has faced important issues including budget cuts, teacher recruitment and retention, achievement gaps among student population groups, and a high teacher/student ratio in the classroom. Ms. Edwards is actively involved in many local organizations including the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) Board of Control, the Southern Nevada Public Television (SNPT) Board, and the Clark County School District School-Community Partnership Committee. As a member of NASB, she stated that the “members are special because they are unique, bright, thoughtful, insightful, inspiring and caring. They volunteer their time and effort to improve education in Nevada.” Ms. Edwards also stated that she was “privileged to have visited each school board and one or more schools in each school district. It is amazing how our members can come together in this organization no matter how diverse our areas are within the state and make a significant stance in establishing the K-12 public education policy, priorities and funding in Nevada.” When asked about the most important challenge facing NASB during the next two or three years, Ms. Edwards stated, “The most important challenge will be working with the Legislature to ensure a stable tax base that is utilized to adequately fund education throughout the State. In light of this, it is imperative that all school board members get actively involved in the political process in the State and understand their role in that process.”
Wade Poulsen was appointed to the Lincoln County School Board in 2011. He has been the NASB Director since that time. Wade served as a Lincoln County Commissioner from 2005 – 2008 and enjoys being part of public service in Lincoln County. He enjoys being a school board member coming from a long history of educators, as his mother and aunts and mother-in-law are all retired teachers. Wade believes in public education as the key to success for our young people of today and is happy to be involved in the educational process for his District and the State of Nevada. Wade has lived in Alamo, Nevada, for thirty-five years and has raised six children there. Wade has four sons and two daughters. Wade enjoys sports, coaching, horses, and ranching.
Lori Hunt was born in Ely and has been a life-long resident there. She began her board service in 2006 when she was appointed to a board position. Since then, she has been elected three times, terming out in 2018. She is currently serving as Chair/President of the White Pine Board of School Trustees as well as representing the Board as an At-Large Liaison for the NASB. For Thirty-seven years, she has worked as a cosmetologist in Ely, owning and operating her own salon.
While Ms. Hunt has served on the White Pine Board, the District has received two Magna Awards through the American School Board Journal awards program, and she received the Veteran School Board Member of the Year in 2013. She is currently serving as the Chairman of the Children's Trust Lands Committee for NASB, which is a cause she strongly believes in, to pursue better funding for education in Nevada.
Ms. Hunt says that she is proud of the work done in White Pine County because of the positive impact it has had on student achievement. She believes that the Board continues to face challenges, primarily absorbing the impact of a reduced budget while meeting legislated expectations. "White Pine has great students, teachers, staff and a community that always steps up to support the kids and their schools."
Ms. Hunt has four adult children, and four grandchildren.
Bridget graduated with her B.S. from the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University. She then moved to Nevada and currently resides in Dayton. She has four children and keeps busy volunteering in their schools and coaching her children in various sports. Bridget enjoys reading, riding her bike, and painting.
Bridget was appointed to the Lyon County Board of School Trustees in 2014. She was elected to the position of Trustee in 2015 and is half way through her first term. Currently, she is serving as the School Board President. Before becoming a Trustee, she worked as a substitute teacher for four years in Lyon County.
Bob Burnham was selected in early 2014 in the first class of NASB Emeritus School Board Members. The Association envisioned these Emeritus Board Members as advocates for public education, professional development mentors who could contribute to training for serving school board members, and veterans of board service who could work in their communities on behalf of schools and children. When a position on the Task Force for K-12 Public Education Funding was allocated to NASB, the Association asked Mr. Burnham to serve as its representative. Mr. Burnham’s statewide perspective on the Task Force enabled him to voice concerns and to raise issues on behalf of all seventeen school boards. In addition, he provided monthly updates for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors about the work of the Task Force and the questions it was addressing. During the final meeting of the Task Force in June 2014, Mr. Burnham led the way for the Funding Resolution from NASB and the seventeen school boards to be included in the final report prepared for Governor Sandoval and the 2015 Session. Mr. Burnham traveled from his home in Eureka to Carson City and Las Vegas to attend Task Force meetings, putting more than 3,300 miles on his vehicle. Prior to serving on the Task Force, Bob was elected to two terms as a School Trustee in Eureka and served for four years on the NASB Executive Committee.
Stacie is a native of Carson City. After attending college in Arizona, she returned home and served on the Carson City School Board from 1997-2000. After a number of years, she was appointed in 2009 and was elected to the seat 2010 and again in 2014. She served as President in 2014.
Stacie is currently on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Parent Involvement and Family Engagement and on the NIAA Board of Control representing Region II. She is married with a stepson and two daughters, all of whom are grown and out of the house. She enjoys sporting events, playing recreational volleyball, traveling, and boating.
Erin Cranor was elected to the Clark County Board of School Trustees in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. She holds a bachelor's degree in human biology, with a minor in chemistry, from Brigham Young University. While earning her master's degree from the same university, she helped document a fatal form of dwarfism in a research collaboration with Harvard University. Youth are at the center of her successful technical writing business, her civic involvement, and her most important work as a parent of four CCSD students, two of whom have graduated and gone on to college.
Career highlights so far include bringing state-of-the-art computer labs to Boys & Girls Clubs here in Southern Nevada, and assisting youth development organizations in other states with successful fiscal turnarounds. She chaired the Nevada Legislative Audit Oversight Committee, chaired the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission, served as president of the CORE Community Education Advisory Board and also of the PTA at Tomiyasu Elementary School, directed outdoor youth rappelling and archery, helped coach children's sports teams, and actively volunteered at the classroom, school district, and state levels for many years. Erin speaks and writes Greek and is learning Spanish. She enjoys distance running with her children.
Since beginning her service as a trustee, Erin has twice been appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to the Nevada P-16 Advisory Committee. She was elected vice president of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, where she has also served as president. She has served as president of the Clark County Board of Trustees, and served for four years as liaison to the Audit Advisory Committee for the Clark County school board, helping oversee fiscal policy reform and the creation of the Clark County School District’s budget transparency tool, Open Book, which allows the community to search and compare details of CCSD’s budgets in an online interactive format. She was a founding member of the PAR Collaborative, a group of community and education leaders that initiated the work to bring a teacher and leader professional development reform, known as Peer Assisted Review, to Clark County. In response to parent requests for better technology related education and in collaboration with interested parents and community leaders, she helped sustain Nevada students’ opportunities to participate in robotics competitions and helped with the development and adoption of Clark County’s bring-your-own-device policy and Nevada’s Digital Learning Act. She engaged in a collaborative effort to replicate student success in another school district that was celebrated in an NASB meeting, and the resulting Reclaim Your Future initiative has assisted hundreds of students to graduation in Clark County. Erin has been invited to speak or provide training at a number of state and multi-state conferences and meetings on topics including social media, community engagement, communication, technology, and using and building upon evidence of student success.
A former guest teacher for CCSD, Cranor loves everything about educating young people and helping them equip themselves for bright futures. Erin and her husband, Bud, have been raising their family in Clark County since 1995.
At Large Liaison
Glenda was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Humboldt County Board of School Trustees then was successful in her first bid for election in November 2010. During her first year on the Board of School Trustees, she attended the offered trainings and joined John Seeliger at NASB meetings to learn what was required of the NASB Director. She eventually replaced John as our NASB Director. She has served as the Humboldt NASB Legislative Representative for four years. She has attended numerous NASB trainings and the Annual Conference for NASB.
Serving as a School Trustee for six years has allowed her to become familiar with the working of the state, regional, and national associations.
Glenda came to Nevada 41 years ago and has resided in the communities of Reno, Sparks, Winnemucca, Orovada, and currently lives in Paradise Valley in Humboldt County. She has taught Hunter Education in Humboldt County for 20 years and been a 4-H leader for 23 years. Currently, she serves as the 4-H representative on her local Community Board; in addition, she cares for the cemetery and community building on behalf of that Board.
In her recreational time, she likes to hunt, fish, and pursue the dead ends of roads and the beginnings of rivers. She says that she is an animal-coholic as well as a pretty good 'farmer.'
Dr. Debra Feemster
Dr. Debra Feemster has dedicated much of her life to the Washoe County School District. She served as Principal of Hug High School and Director of the District’s Equity and Diversity department. Closing the achievement gap is near to her heart. While at Equity and Diversity, she increased college participation of minority students by 23 percent in just four years. As Principal of Hug High School, she Increased minority students in Honors and Advanced Placement classes by 25 to 35 percent, during a two-year period. Trustee Feemster believes closing the gap is something that works 365 days a year and will only be achieved if the community comes together as a whole.
Trustee Feemster has called Nevada home for 42 years and holds three degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno. Trustee Feemster started with the District as a Language Arts Special Education teacher. Throughout the years of her dedicated work for the district, she has been a Title I Parent Involvement Coordinator, Principal of all levels K-12, Director of Equity and Diversity. She now serves as an Instructional coach for parochial students in grades K-8.
Education Advocacy & Community involvement:
Trustee Feemster has been involved with the community and education at every level. She serves on the Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is the NAACP Education chair. Trustee Feemster has always focused her efforts on supporting the people in the classrooms, students and teachers. As the Principal of Traner Middle School she increased PTO participation by 75 percent in two years, because she knows that closing the achievement gaps, starts with engaging families.
Immediate Past President
President Elect Stacie Wilke-McCulloch
Dr. Debra Feemster
Board of Directors
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Carson City School District
Churchill County School District
Carl Brownfield Esmeralda County
Humboldt County School District
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Mineral County School District
Joe Crim, Jr
Pershing County School District
Washoe County School District
White Pine County
Lyon County School District
Lyon County School District, with over 8,500 students and 1,100 staff members, is the fourth largest school district in Nevada. LCSD is comprised of 18 schools located in five unique attendance areas including Dayton, Fernley, Silver Springs, Smith Valley and Yerington. Each school boasts highly qualified instructional leaders, accompanied by caring and dedicated staff, who work tirelessly to ensure the learning needs of each student are realized. The district motto of “Every Student…Every Classroom…Every Day” comes to life when you step into the classroom and see students engaged in rigorous learning opportunities.
Lyon County School District is the only school district in Nevada to achieve the designation of “School System Accreditation Quality Achievement” through AdvancED® and the Northwest Accreditation Commission. This means that all schools in the district (not just the high schools) met the rigorous standards necessary to receive this designation. As a result, all students are able to receive a world-class education while attending schools in the Lyon County School District.
Carson City School District
The Carson City School District educates approximately 8,200 students. Our elementary schools average 610 students, middle schools average 1000 students, and the high school has an enrollment of approximately 2500 students. In November 2006, the Carson City community approved a $25 million bond to improve educational facilities for children in the District.
The District is located in one of the fastest-growing regions of the country yet finds itself with a decline in enrollment. Our District made Adequate Yearly Progress with one school designated “High Achieving.” We continue to focus on student achievement. With the use of staff training and collaborative time, the Carson City School District continues to improve.
Churchill County School District
Figuratively speaking, a person in Fallon, Nevada, can stand on the roof of any Churchill County School District school building and see each of our other schools—staff at each school site work within three miles of each other every day. The District is fortunate to beable to bring its staff together frequently to move forward to improve student achievement. Another advantage is that the driving time to any of our schools is less than five minutes.
Our challenges include improving student achievement with a focus on our disaggregated groups to meet increasing academic expectations, hiring and retaining highly qualified teachers, and meeting legislated unfunded mandates from state and federal governments. We must also educate our community to be forward-thinking as our forefathers were when they instituted public education. Another challenge is to engage and communicate with our community about all of the above in such fast-paced and changing times. As in several other Nevada counties, Churchill County is increasing in overall population while the population of school-age children is decreasing.
Clark County School District
Encompassing all of Clark County and covering more than 7,900 square miles, the Clark County School District is the fifth largest in the nation and home to more than 308,000 students and 38,000 employees. As of 2007-08 the school district operates 341 schools:
The CCSD is organized into five geographic regions and three divisions; Northwest, Northeast, East, Southeast and Southwest as well as Superintendent’s Schools, Student Support Services and Education Services. Under the leadership of a region superintendent, each region or division is responsible for developing programs and services tailored to the needs of the students and their community.
The CCSD Board of School Trustees is a group of seven elected community leaders dedicated to providing the leadership necessary for Clark County public school students to accomplish their educational goals.
In 2006-07, the CCSD made Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) guidelines, one of only 10 large districts in the nation to do so.
Some fun facts: The average daily miles traveled by bus will be over 105,000 miles in Clark County. There will be over 17 million half pints of chocolate milk served and 1.250 million fresh oranges served with lunches and breakfasts during the year. More than 6.2 million pieces of mail will pass through the CCSD mail services during the coming year.
Douglas County School District
Douglas County School District is situated in one of the most beautiful valleys in the State at the base of the Sierra Nevada in the Carson Valley. We proudly serve the communities of Minden, Genoa, Lake Tahoe from Stateline to Glenbrook, and Gardnerville. The District boasts a graduation rate of 90.6% and administers over 600 AP exams where students score an average of 3.2 or higher. Our schools serve just under 6000 students from Pre-K through Adult. We offer an environment that is nurturing, rich in rigorous instruction and STEM activities, and committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills each will need to be able to achieve excellence.
The Mission of our District is to ensure that all students achieve excellence in education, character and citizenship, in partnership with parents and community. The District has defined six focus areas through our Strategic Plan to work toward supporting our Mission. They may be viewed under the Board of Trustees link on the District's homepage and are:
The educators and support staff within our District are committed to the work of supporting our young people in their educational pursuits. We recognize the importance of the role of family and friends in achieving our goal and encourage your active participation and feedback regarding our programs. Together, we can provide every young person in our valley with the skills and support each will need to lead us into the future.
Elko County School District
Elko County is the fourth largest geographical county in the contiguous 48 states, covering more than 17,000 square miles. The Elko County School District's enrollment is approximately 10,000 students who are educated in 17 schools distributed amongst 11 communities.
The vast area encompassed by our county poses unique challenges; some of our schools are separated by more than two hours drive-time, several are geographically isolated, and one is located on the Shoshone-Paiute Indian Reservation. The diversity of our communities is echoed by the diversity in our schools which range from one-room school houses with 7 students to a traditional high school with a student body of 1,200.
Two of the largest gold-producing companies in the United States, Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining, are major contributors to our economy. Both companies are great partners with the District and each year contribute to many programs and student organizations.
Using grant funding, the Elko County School District has implemented many state and local initiatives across our district. We are home to four Victory Schools, six Title I schools, two Nevada Ready 21 schools, nine Read By Grade Three schools, four GEAR UP schools, and three 21st Century Community Learning Center schools. Through grant funding, we now have six campuses in our district offering 1:1, meaning that every student and teacher on that campus has individual access to a laptop or tablet device. We have collaboratively funded school resource officers, school social workers, and the Leader In Me programs across our district.
Each of these initiatives wrap around the student body to create safe and respectful learning environments and support the whole student socially and emotionally. We continually seek new opportunities to leverage multiple funding sources which enable our district to provide innovative and evidence-based programs, technologies, and experiences to our students so that they are equipped and ready to enter college and careers as Elko County School District graduates.
Esmeralda County School District
Esmeralda County School District educates 70 students in kindergarten through eighth grade in the three communities of Dyer, Goldfield and Silver Peak. Students in grades nine through twelve are transported into Tonopah (Nye County) daily for classes. Due to our remote rural location, the District faces many challenges. Attracting and keeping highly qualified personnel is not always easy due to the lack of amenities such as local shopping centers, movie theaters, and local medical centers. Each community is located a little over an hour from each other and that makes combined activities difficult though not impossible.
Our student enrollment has steadily declined over the past ten years which has resulted in a loss of staff members. Each classroom teacher instructs multiple grades with the help of paraprofessionals. These obstacles do not deter the determined, dedicated staff from providing a quality education to the students who attend our schools. Each of our schools has achieved Adequate Yearly Progress the past 3 years. In 2007, the District was one of two recognized by the Nevada Department of Education as “High Achieving”. For the past two years, each of our schools has been honored as “Banner Schools” with the Reading First program. This year, Reading First awarded two of our schools the highest honor, “Platinum.” Only five schools in the State earned the Platinum distinction.
Eureka County School District
Classes for the first school in Eureka County were held in a tent and later moved to a frame building. In 1879-80, a two-story brick building was erected on Nob Hill, which became the Eureka County High School in 1910. A 1920 earthquake hit the area and moved the building off its foundation; it was later closed and demolished. Classes were then held for a couple years in various buildings in Eureka.
The lack of proper school facilities, World War I, the flu epidemic, and the shortage of teachers were serious hardships faced by the people of Eureka County during that era.
The economy was poor, and the cost of a new school was such that the citizens were divided on the issue of financing one. Everyone, however, agreed on the need for one.
On November 7, 1922, an election was held and a bond passed for the construction of a new school. The building was dedicated on May 16, 1924. This school was very well-loved by the community it served for 45 years. The Class of 1969 was the last to graduate from the 1924 school.
In 1968, a new high school was dedicated on the hill above the 1924 school. It continues to serve Eureka area students, and has been both enlarged and improved. As with the school built in 1924, Eureka County High School has served the community in many ways, including housing the district office in the recently completed Vandal Athletic Center. A satellite program from Great Basin College has long been housed in the school, which makes it possible for students to continue college studies in Eureka
A beautiful new elementary school was built in Crescent Valley in 1997, and a new facility for Eureka Elementary School was completed in 1993. With low student/teacher ratios in grades preschool through 6th grade, both schools offer an excellent learning environment.
Through the years, Eureka has been blessed with some very dedicated administrators, teachers, coaches, board members, and parents, and outstanding students who are remembered for their excellence and dedication.
Eureka is a high mountain, desert community of approximately 600 residents. Eureka was once the second-largest producer of precious minerals in Nevada. With its nineteenth century charm intact, Eureka remains a great place to explore and live. Eureka is located on U.S. Highway 50 approximately equal distance from Reno and Las Vegas.
Humboldt County School District
The Humboldt County School District serves an ethnically and economically diverse county population of about 18,000 residents. The student population of 3,492 students is served by 11 county-wide schools: six in the city of Winnemucca, four K-8 remote rural schools, and one K-12 rural school. The primary industries supporting the economy of Humboldt County are ranching, farming, mining, and state and federal governmental employment.
Humboldt County was proud to announce it is home to four Nevada Exemplary Schools and two Nevada High Achieving Schools. Student achievement is improving and continues to exceed the Nevada average.
The purpose of education in Humboldt County Schools is to provide useful and meaningful experiences to all children. It is the goal of the schools to prepare the student to meet the ever-changing demands of modern day society. Each child deserves the opportunity to develop and excel to his/her maximum potential. It is the duty of the schools to provide the materials, equipment and instruction of such quality and diversity as to assure each child’s attainment of his/her maximum potential, providing the pupil is willing to put forth the needed effort.
Education in Humboldt County Schools is geared to meet the specific needs of the entire community in relation to the economic and cultural environment. The school system should never lag behind in the application of new concepts, experimental studies and changing methods of instruction. The purpose of the school is to facilitate goals basic to effective teaching and learning. Programs instituted in the schools are aimed at reaching these goals.
Humboldt County Schools strive to provide the means necessary to insure the development of children into the best possible citizens of the community, state, and nation.
Lander County School District
Lander County was formed on December 19, 1862, and was named after General Frederick W. Lander, Civil War hero and prominent builder of a wagon road across Nevada. The region attracted prospectors fanning out across the Great Basin after the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode.
Located in north central Nevada, Lander County encompasses 5,621 square miles. Over 85 percent of the County is currently public land managed by federal agencies. Lander County has some of the most beautiful high desert country in the State and consists of two population centers, Battle Mountain and Austin.
As in the past, Lander County continues to be dependent upon the mining industry for its economy and school finances. We still regard ourselves as a “boom and bust” community because the population and economy in Battle Mountain fluctuate according to the ups and downs of the mining industry.
Austin has faced tough times in recent years as its population has decreased. One of the biggest challenges for the Lander County School District Board is to continue to provide highly qualified teachers, resources, and funding to appropriately support the Austin schools. Austin citizens are justifiably concerned about the ability of the system to attract new staff to Austin.
Schools located within Battle Mountain have recently been renovated and a brand new elementary school was added for the school year 2016-2017. We also have a beautiful new track and sports stadium located at the Eleanor Lemaire Jr. High School site that is the center of attraction for all of our football, track, and other sports. The city of Battle Mountain is currently building a Recreation Center that will have an inside heated pool for the entire community to use and will open late 2017.
Another challenge we face, like many districts in the State, is to ensure that our schools consistently increase student learning and achievement. Because of its rural and somewhat remote nature, LCSD has experienced difficulties in attracting and keeping qualified teachers and administrators. We have refocused efforts to access grant monies for tutoring and intervention programs to assist students and teachers in the classroom. This has had some tremendous results in the elementary area. Currently, all schools are NV state rated at three stars.
Lincoln County School District
When first settled in 1864, this area was still a part of Utah Territory, when Nevada officially became a state in October of that year. Upon request of the Nevada Legislature in 1866, boundaries were revised and Congress allowed an additional degree of longitude to be added to the eastern border of Nevada. This became Lincoln County. Its boundaries changed three more times over the course of the next 43 years.
Lincoln County School District serves nine schools and continues to provide quality education with the allocated resources. We continue to have highly performing schools at all levels. With an average of 1000 students at widespread school sites, our challenges continue to be providing enrichment opportunities such as; art, drama, music, and career and technology classes. We also continue to struggle in attracting and retaining quality teachers for all subjects and grade levels.
Our vision at Lincoln County School District is to build a culture of success. Our mission is to teach critical thinking, communication, and collaboration so all students have the opportunity to succeed in their endeavors.
Mineral County School District
Mineral County School District serves the communities of Hawthorne, Luning, Minaand Schurz. With more than 650 students attending three schools, we are focused on moving from “Good to Great” through the use of advisory councils that involve educators, non-instructional personnel, and the community.
The District has completed the development of new organizational management systems that will fully enlarge the needed processes and procedures to ensure that as new challenges arise, systems are in place to address them. Along with taking a systems approach, the District is a
During the first three months of 2008, we have reconsidered our beliefs, vision, and mission statement. Our work is being done with the following in mind: Mineral County School District invests in creating a positive learning community where everyone contributes to the successful development of life-long learners.
Nye County School District
Nye County School District (NCSD) is the largest geographical district in the contiguous 48 states at 18, 400 square miles. The Transportation Department has more than 100 buses which travel approximately 880,000 miles per year transporting a majority of the District’s 5,200 students. Our schools range in population from 1,170 students enrolled in Pahrump Valley High School to 7 students enrolled in rural Warm Springs School. Honors and AP courses in grades 6-12 are taught throughout NCSD including the remote rural areas. Career and Technical Education (CTE) is also offered in our high schools. NCSD focuses on enhancing and improving attitudes and behaviors to continue to provide an engaging, safe, respectful and positive learning environment for all. Teachers and administrators are held to the high standards of the Nevada Educator Performance Framework to give ALL students the opportunity and support they need to be successful.
Joe F. Crim, Jr.
Pershing County School District
Fueled by desire, dedication, hard work and an eager eye toward the future and present needs of its students, the Pershing County School District utilizes its small size as a strength to provide an excellent learning environment. It is a small town atmosphere with big town programs!
The District provides educational services for approximately 725 students enrolled in pre-K through grade 12 in two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. In addition, PCSD has a collaborative agreement with the adjoining Humboldt County School District to educate approximately 250 Pershing County resident students because of their location.
Whereas the District’s enrollment has declined by almost 25% during the past decade, student achievements and successes have not dwindled. The dropout rate remains low, the graduation rate remains high, and steps along the way encourage and support student growth and learning.
Pershing County is approximately 6,031 square miles, located along the I-80 corridor about 90 miles east of Reno. Free daily tours are available. Please contact the Superintendent at (775) 273-7819.
Storey County School District
The history of Storey County is, to some extent, the history of the whole State. Legends of the Old West don’t get any richer than they are in Storey County. We are steeped in history going back to 1859 when miners discovered the largest deposit ever found of gold and silver. This saga gives our teachers a unique opportunity when teaching history which, in turn, leads to an increased student appreciation for life on the Comstock—past and present. Another unique feature in Storey County is our size. We have about 450 students in our four schools. Our average class size is around 18 or 19, which gives every child the chance to have critical one-on-one instruction with each teacher.
In Storey County, everyone really does know your name. Parents love that everyone knows everyone else and that personal contact with District personnel—from the teachers to the superintendent—is possible and is, in fact, encouraged. One of our primary challenges is that Storey County is quite large and spread out over 264 square miles. This can make inclusion of all kids a dilemma. We’ve been able to use special funding from the Nevada Legislature to provide after-school transportation to our students who live miles away from our schools in order to bring all of them into our school community.
Washoe County School District
The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is the 58th largest district in the United States and second largest district in Nevada, serving 104 schools with approximately 64,000 students. WCSD is one of 17 districts in the state. The District’s 9,000 employees educate children in Reno, Sparks, Gerlach, Wadsworth and Incline Village, an area of 6,600 square miles.
WCSD is on an ambitious pathway of reform with focus on increased academic rigor for all children and eliminated achievement gaps. WCSD’s strategic plan, Envision WCSD 2020 –Investing In Our Future will help further our efforts toward achieving our goal of Every Child, By Name And Face, To Graduation.
In the next five years, our District will remain dedicated to engaging our parents and families along with community partners to foster strong and meaningful relationships to increase student success. Since the implementation of the strategic plan began in 2015, WCSD achieved a record graduation rate of 75 percent.
WCSD has seen greater student achievement as witnessed by another record setting graduation rate in 2016 of 77 percent, with six high schools rising above the 90 percent graduation rate threshold. The Nevada Association of School Boards (NASB) recognized WCSD Board President John Mayer as NASB Director of the Year and Trustee Dr. Barbara McLaury as Veteran School Board Member of the Year. Dr. Dana Ryan, who serves as director of the WCSD Career/Technical Education and Signature Academies, received the NASB School District Employee Making a Difference Award. The District’s academic gains and leadership of the Board of Trustees was recognized with the 2012 Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence from the Council of Urban Boards of Education.
For fifteen consecutive years, WCSD has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate in Financial Reporting. With the voter’s approval of WC-1 on November 8, 2016, WCSD now has sustainable funding to address overcrowding and repair needs. WC-1 will allow us to build new schools and repair and maintain existing ones.
WCSD is committed to improving the quality of education provided to all children and working in collaboration with parents and the community to ensure its graduates are prepared for the workforce of the 21st Century.
WCSD website: www.washoecountyschools.org
White Pine County School District
White Pine County School District’s vision is to change the world by creating a learning environment where stakeholders work interdependently to promote, support, and ensure high levels of learning for all.
Despite very challenging financial conditions requiring budget reductions of more than two million dollars over two years, WPCSD staff are committed to the success of each and every student.
At the primary level, teachers and students believe in the Spalding method for helping promote literacy. As they progress through school, students are coached into tackling high cognitive demand learning in all content areas.
Students are accessing College and Career Readiness through gifted and talented programs at the elementary and middle school levels as well as through STEM offerings at the high school level.
Leadership is prioritized in the WPCSD, with the Great Teachers and Leaders fund supporting building the capacity staff members who are current and future leaders.
These processes are led and facilitated by the WPCSD Board of Trustees, a committed group of White Pine residents who believe in the power of education to transform lives.
The Nevada Association of School Boards is a full-qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit Nevada corporation.