Dwight Jones is now entering his first full school year as the head of the Clark County School District. We sit down and talk with Superintendent Jones about his goals to raise graduation rates as well as getting the community more involved in education, charter schools, ELL programs and more.
After listening to this conversation I heard Mr. Jones state that he promised his wife that he wouldn't work weekends on his new job as Superintendent, and now he has found he has to put in extra time on Saturdays. For the amount he is receiving as remuneration he should be working 24/7. Perhaps he should have joined CCSD as a school bus driver? Or employment as crossing guard would also offer the same generous perks. That way he wouldn't be required to put in so much time. Sadly management/administration in this school district has confused the privileges of Royal birth and work. This attitude obviously starts at the top. Welcome to the real world buddy. And welcome to Las Vegas in 2011.
JC –Aug 27, 2011 08:52:18 AM
Mr. Jones should note that there is only one "s" in "ombudsman."Nancy –Aug 25, 2011 14:28:02 PM
Many youth seek part time work while in high school. Does the superintendent see ways to capitalize on their drive to join the workforce?Chris –Aug 24, 2011 09:56:02 AM
Thank you for asking my question, but the fact remains that for decades we've been failing miserably with both (1) devoting the resources necessary to equip the majority of our students with basic skills and (2) retaining the brightest students to stay in Las Vegas. Part of that has to be the misallocation of resources of trying to save everyone. At what point do you just devote the lion share of the resources to the students who can succeed and keep them here. I appreciate your desire to help every kid, but at the expense of too many others is unacceptable and the cause of our woes.John –Aug 24, 2011 09:43:20 AM
I am the parent of an over-performing 7 year old. Mr. Jones said several times that proficiency should not be the finish line for students, and so I would like to hear what programs will or should be in place to help over-performing students continue to succeed.William –Aug 24, 2011 09:41:47 AM
What does Superintendent Jones intend to do to improve the quality of principals in the district? I've seen shenanigans from some principals here that would make Michael Scott from The Office blush.
In business, when you have a failing office, you take out the manager. Unfortunately, too often we hear about putting pressure on teachers, when we should actually be working with or simply replacing the principals.Jacob Nagle –Aug 24, 2011 09:33:51 AM
It sounds very Polyanna to suggests that if we just have more involvement (parents and teachers) that somehow every student in Las Vegas will perform at acceptable standards, but this is Las Vegas. Many parents are unwilling or unable to assist their children. Too many children have no interest in academic "growth." Resources are limited. Why can't we focus on devoting most resources to the children who can succeed and diverting those with no aptitude or interest to trade school or other programs to keep them out of trouble. John –Aug 24, 2011 09:33:38 AM
I'm glad to hear that expectations are being raised in this district. I would like to know what reforms can be made for children who are not going to college. The system is very driven by academics and college prep., but there are those students who will not go to college. Instead of seeing these students drop out, how can you help them learn a skill/trade so that they can be a contributing member of our society. Realisticall not every child is going to go to college. We should definitely expect our children to go to college, but it's not every child's reality.Sam –Aug 24, 2011 09:27:31 AM
So happy to hear Mr. Jones address parental involvement! Expectations for parents should be higher than those for their children. I would love to see a volunteer program for the community to be involved in. How can I, as a community member, help school children and their families?Amy –Aug 24, 2011 09:24:05 AM