Nevada Association of School Boards
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President's Message — January 2017
Happy New Year to all of you. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are energized for 2018. I always feel energized after a conference. As Ed Massey reminded us, “You are only as good as your last year.”
The year 2017 was a good year for education in Nevada. Nevada high schools posted their highest graduation rate on record. The legislature met, and we dodged the “appointed school boards” bullet. Thanks to the hard work of our policy specialists, Jessica Ferrato, Paige Reitzman, and NASB’s Legislative Advisory Committee. They worked with legislative leadership and came up with AB451—requiring all trustees to have at least 6 hours of training in nine specific areas.
I’m looking forward to reporting to you in the February issue the results from all the districts. And if it hasn’t been done yet, remember your Board Clerk must post the results on your district website.
In 2017, Nevada had one of the fastest growing economies in the nation. Although educational funding has increased over the last 2 legislative sessions, it also added more paperwork and reports, more staff necessary to apply for the categorical funding, and challenges faced by not receiving the funding until November rather than at the beginning of the school year.
In a recent study by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Nevada’s educational funding is shown to have decreased by 7.5% since the 2008 level.
Therefore, this year, one of our goals is to be proactive and put together a set of candidate questions and talking points. Our policy specialists have already put together a list of office openings and potential candidates.
By having these talking points, all of us can take opportunities to speak with candidates and determine how they stand on these issues. An advance “thank you” to the Legislative Advisory Committee for taking on this challenge.
We will also be looking to our membership to see how the last Session’s mandates and programs were input and what effects they have had on your districts.
The holidays can be stressful, just as keeping New Year’s resolutions can. Going into the new year, I am going to add to my New Year’s resolution the advice shared by Dan Wold and Scarlett Verbs at the November conference: “Life is Good,” and “Happiness is the key to life.”
My 2018 resolution is to be early for meetings and appointments.