By Merry Bradshaw

Big changes in Virgin Valley Schools are happening now that Governor Sandoval supported and the Nevada State legislature approved the passage of Assembly Bill 394 during the last legislative session. It requires the Clark County School District (CCSD) to be broken up into smaller, more manageable education precincts. The intent is to get the educational leadership closer to students and in doing so better reflect the needs and concerns of local parents and the community.

The initial meeting of a technical advisory committee assigned to help in the development of a workable plan for CCSD took place in October. Mesquite’s representative is City Councilman Kraig Hafen. He will be working closely with Mesquite’s Community Education Advisory Board (CEAB) to determine what plan will be best for Virgin Valley Schools.

CCSD Superintendent Skorkowsky has submitted his own plan but was met with immediate criticism and concerns that nothing would really change. In Skorkowsky’s proposal Mesquite would be part of one of seven precincts that would follow the current communities known as District B under CCSD Trustee Chris Garvey. In that configuration there would be a sub-superintendent and advisory councils leading the education system of that precinct.

Mesquite’s CEAB will be discussing options they determine best for the local schools at their monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12 at noon in the V.V.H.S. Conference Room. CEAB President Amy Marshall is eager to hear from parents about what they would like to see for the education of their students. “We want to make a recommendation for Virgin Valley Schools that will support improving the education of our children and be fiscally responsible.”

President Marshall went on to say, “We also are looking at the real possibility of getting a new gym at V.V.H.S.” CEAB members along with concerned parents have been working hard to make a case for the long awaited new facility. Marshall explained that while they have the attention of the Bond Oversight Committee and CCSD’s Board of Trustees, this is no time to sit back and wait. “We need concerned parents and community members to attend upcoming meetings to let these school leaders know this is the right time to build a gym that would bring V.V.H.S. in line with other 3A high schools in the district.
There are several important meetings coming up that parents and community members are encouraged to attend:
–CEAB Nov. 12, Noon, V.V.H.S. Conference Room
–CCSD Board of Trustees (Gym to be discussed), Nov. 12, 5:00, CCSD District Office, Las Vegas
–Bond Oversight, Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m., 5100 W. Sahara Ave. Room 466, Las Vegas

If you have questions or comments on these issues contact Amy Marshall at