Superintendent Jones gives State of the District Address

Jessica Janner

Superintendent Jones gives State of the District Address

CREATED Jan. 14, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Superintendent Dwight Jones gave his State of the District address Monday at Western High School in front of administrators, city leaders, parents and students.

He likened the district's challenges to running a marathon.

Jones said 2012 proved CCSD is making great strides in academics but there's many steps to take in 2013 to get the 5th largest school district from the fastest growing to the nation's fastest improving district.

Jones says we still face many miles with the possibility of severe setbacks, pains like limited funding, after a defeat on Question 2 in November.

"I heard the message from voters loud and clear, you weren't convinced that we would spend money wisely," commented Jones during his prepared speech.

Monday, CCSD also launched a new website called "Open Book" which details the district's revenue and spending. It's in an effort to be more transparent and help get public support on any future tax proposals.

"You know, I'm trying to convince folks to do more with less. But, there comes a  point where less is just less," commented Jones to Action News. "I think we're getting pretty close to that line in the Clark County School District as well as the State of Nevada." 

While Monday's speech was speckled with realism, Dwight also gave a hopeful message of continuing towards their education goals and focusing on the students.

The district currently faces overcrowding, especially in the west part of the valley. Ideas to deal with overcrowding issues include year round schools, rezoning and portable facilities; dealing with overcrowding could take away from the general fund in next year's budget.