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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Community leaders working together to improve education

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) held its Third Annual Education Summit on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.  There were many individuals from UNLV present, as well as community leaders, business leaders, teachers, administrators, and others who are committed to improving public education in the K-12 arena.

The tone of the day was one of hope and determination. Each presentation, speaker and panel talked about the challenges facing public education and the potential solutions. I hope that through these types of conversations, a new coalition can be formed that ensures that everyone is on the same page and moving toward the same goals.

This week I also met with business leaders in the community at the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance Council of Chambers meeting to discuss CCSD’s budget. Many in attendance asked about the budget shortfall. Along with Chief Financial Officer Jason Goudie, we laid out the actions taken to balance the budget, but most importantly, I see the willingness from our business community to want to be partners with CCSD as they understand the circumstances behind the school district’s budget.

Students are facing more difficult challenges every day.  As adults, we have to put our minds and influence together to ensure that everyone in this city and state is focused on the students, our students.  The success of our community depends on our success with our students.