Nevada Association of School Boards
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President's Message — May 2018
I want to begin this month’s newsletter with a special thank you to all of the 52 school trustees and superintendents who attended the POOL/PACT and
NASB School Safety Workshop in Carson City. We began the afternoon with a special welcome from Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell—himself a former school trustee. Each of the speakers gave us plenty of new information and food for thought as we consider additional safety measures for our school districts. I especially appreciated hearing from Salvador Arias [Kern County School District] about how social workers could be more effectively integrated into our school safety planning and from Theresa Campbell [Safer Schools Together] about digital threat assessment. We appreciate the opportunity to work with POOL/PACT collaboratively on this training and look forward to future opportunities for joint professional development.
Unfortunately, our dialogue about school safety issues will continue. We still have work to do to ensure that all of our students are safe at all of our schools all of the time.
Since the April newsletter, I have attended the National School Boards Association—along with more than fifty other Nevada educational policy-makers and staff. Wade Poulsen [Lincoln], Dr. Linda E. Young [Clark], and I represented Nevada at the Delegate Assembly. You will read more about this later. Ty Mizer [Lincoln] and Dawn Miller [Storey] served on two of the important committees assisting the Delegate Assembly. I heard a number of powerful speakers who
inspired me to return to Nevada with a renewed focus on success for all of our students.
You should have received the 2018 Nomination Forms in early April. We have provided Nomination Forms to each Director, member of the Executive Committee, board president, and board administrative assistant. Although the Award Ceremony will not be held until November 17 in Las Vegas, now is the time for us to think about nominating those individuals or organizations who have helped our school districts provide greater opportunities for students and staff. Sometimes an individual works behind the scenes and doesn’t often hear the words “thank you.” This is a perfect way to show the board’s appreciation by nominating him/her for one of the Association’s Awards. I encourage you to get started on this early because the August 15 deadline is just around the corner.
We are approaching one of the busiest times of the Legislative Interim. All of the Interim committees have begun to hold meetings. These meetings will continue over the summer until August when Bill Draft Requests will be determined. Please be sure to read the updates and meeting notes that Jessica Ferrato and Paige Barnes [Crowley & Ferrato] provide. If you have questions, please send those to NASB’s Executive Director, Dotty Merrill. We are working on a document for school trustees to use in conversations with legislative candidates and hope to get that to you soon.
Thank you for all of your work on behalf of Nevada’s students attending public schools in our communities.