CREATED Mar. 6, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A standing ovation Wednesday morning for Supt. Dwight Jones for his work at the Clark County School District after a sudden announcement he's resigning.
"The decision doesn't have to do with any other factors outside of just wanting to do what I think is right for my family," Jones said.
The superintendent needs time to take care of his sick mother. Leaving midway through his contract is a hard decision he said and it came as s disappointment to school board members.
"This is not easy he had a four year contract we hoped to have him a minimum of four years," Carolyn Edwards, School Board President, said. "At one time we were having a conversation about extending his contract."
Out of that four-year commitment, Jones only gave the district two years. He was brought in with a vision for reform, but admits there's still a lot of work to do.
"The difficult budget made us cut teachers and our class sizes are way to high," Jones said. "I hate on my watch that class sizes have gone up."
Jones encouraged board members to continue working on improving graduation rates and supporting teachers, the union he's had a rocky relationship with.
Ruben Murillo with the Clark County Education Association said he's wants whoever replaces Jones to support teachers.
"I think what I'm looking forward to is to make sure teacher voices are still heard in whatever decision that our made," Murillo said.
"I readily admit that the work is not done and I just encourage this community to continue forward," Jones said. "Nevada children are just as smart as the children in other states."
The superintendents last day on the is March 22ND. Deputy Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky will take over until the board finds a replacement.