CCSD officials facing state ethics investigation
Clark County's school board president and an associate superintendent are facing a state ethics investigation.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- Clark County's school board president and an associate superintendent are facing a state ethics investigation.
The issues stem back to a ballot question from last fall. Now, the Ethics Commission will have to decide if the president and associate superintendent improperly used school resources to promote the measure.
Ballot Question No. 2 called for a property tax increase to pay for improvements at Clark County schools. It failed at the polls last November, but the campaign surrounding the measure is raising ethics questions.
"I think that when you're talking about taxpayers' money, especially in today's economic environment, that school systems and all public agencies need to be under very, very high scrutiny for how they spend taxpayers' money," said Michael Silbergleid who requested investigation.
Silbergleid opposed the ballot question and filed the paperwork, asking the commission to investigate School Board President Carolyn Edwards and Associate Superintendent Joyce Haldeman.
The issue: Whether the district improperly used resources, like staff and transportation vehicles, to send emails and pick up materials related to the measure.
"Did Trustee Edwards violate state law by having her secretary send out emails in support of question two?" asked Silbergleid.
The matter now heads to a hearing before the state's Ethics Commission who will have to decide whether any violations took place and if so, whether any penalties should be handed down.
A report from the commission's executive director said a political committee reimbursed the district $648 for the transportation costs. The question: Does that make it legal?
The school district declined to talk on camera. They sent Action News a statement that reads in part, "The CCSD Board of School Trustees and the district look forward to the outcome of the Nevada Commission of Ethics discussion." It goes on to say, "The district has an obligation to communicate and inform the public about issues that impact education."
The school district will have a chance to respond to the allegations at a hearing on July 17.
If the commission decides a violation willfully occurred, they could hand down a variety of penalties, including a fine of up to $5,000.