LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – A busy night for the Clark County School District on Thursday, as administrators approved millions of dollars in funding for the district’s police department and got an update on how whose students are academically successful.
The CCSDPD will receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and district money to hire up to 30 officers for the COPS or “Community Oriented Policing Services” program.
“Right now my son is not at school because Basic is not sure if he will go… If you attack a teacher, it quickly makes headlines. If you attack a student, crickets,” said James Baylis. The father of a high school student says CCSD schools need to be safer. In a unanimous vote, CCSD trustees approved approximately $4 million in funding to the CCSDPD.
“I agree they need funding and I agree they need equipment, most certainly with what kids are dealing with these days,” Baylis said.
Adding 30 officers will cost the district about $3.5 million, and a quarter of a million dollars would come from the DOJ.
The DOJ grant money will also pay for a state-of-the-art virtual simulator for officers, as well as additional officer training, body armor and funding for mental health and rehabilitation services. welfare for school district law enforcement officers.
A $182,000 DOJ grant was also approved to help CCSDPD crack down on students who commit crimes in tourist areas, including the Resort Corridor and Downtown over the next two years.
How are the students doing at CCDS? The trustees got an answer to that question, but not before superintendent Dr Jesus Jara said: “The board is not happy with where we are, I’m not satisfied, the team is not satisfied.”
In three testing categories: English language arts, math, and science, the district fell short of its targeted goals for the 2021-22 school year.
In English, in all classes, only about 40% of students were proficient. In mathematics, this percentage fell to 31% or less.
In science, for grade 5 students at the CCSD, only about 17% were tested as proficient for their grade level.
At the end of the meeting, several students from Centennial High School appeared before the school board questioning what had happened to their principal Keith Wipperman. They say they love him and miss him and they have no idea what’s going on. SDCC told FOX5 it was a personnel matter and they were unable to discuss why he was not there.
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