School Board to hire firm to help find next superintendent

The School Board will hire a search firm to assist in the selection of the next superintendent of the Clark County School District.

Trustees unanimously supported the motion Thursday night, but much discussion remains on exactly how to find the next leader of the massive district.

While most trustees supported conducting a national search, some hope to learn from the issues of previous searches.

Two community groups have stepped up to offer money for a search firm as the district faces a crippling budget deficit — but trustees are also insisting that those donations must not carry political weight in the selection process.

Trustee Chris Garvey argued for more applicants to be made public than in a previous search in which only three were presented to the board.

“As a trustee I don’t want to be put in a position again where I don’t even know, I can’t even tell my constituents who all applied,” she said.

Board President Deanna Wright expressed concerns with previous searches. In the search that ended with Superintendent Dwight Jones, she said she felt there wasn’t enough focus on hiring the right search firm.

People also were always questioning Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, Wright said, because he was chosen through a local search and not a national one.

“I felt like it put him in jeopardy from day one, because he didn’t go through the rigorous process of all of these things,” she said.

The district has already received financial support for a search firm from the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Rogers Foundation, Wright said — and other groups may donate as well.

Paul Moradkhan, vice president of government affairs for the chamber, said the group offered money because it does not want a price tag to inhibit the selection of the next superintendent.

“The only thing we’d like to influence, of course, is good education,” he said.

To read the complete article by Amelia Pak-Harvey at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, click here.