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CCSD Superintendent Resigns Amid Controversy, Search for Replacement Begins

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, February 23, 2024 5:52 am

Las Vegas, NV – The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees voted 5-2 on Thursday to accept the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara, effective Friday. This decision follows months of public scrutiny and controversy surrounding Jara’s leadership.

Jara’s Tenure and Resignation:

  • Jara served as CCSD Superintendent since 2018, facing both praise and criticism for his policies and actions.
  • In 2021, the Board sought to terminate him but ultimately reversed the decision.
  • His contract was extended in 2022, but tensions with teachers escalated throughout 2023 due to prolonged salary negotiations.
  • Protests from teachers and parents culminated in Jara’s resignation in January 2024.

Public Reaction and Next Steps:

  • Parents like Natalie Wainwright and Brian Almero expressed concerns about CCSD’s ranking and called for a more collaborative and active superintendent.
  • The board approved Dr. Brenda Larsen Mitchell, Jara’s second-in-command, as interim superintendent, despite some opposition from the Clark County Education Association.
  • The search for a permanent replacement is underway, with hopes for a leader who prioritizes collaboration, improvement, and student success.

Credits: KTNV

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