School Superintendent bids farewell

Clark County School District Superintendent for Mesquite schools Grant Hanevold bid farewell to the community as he addressed the Mesquite City Council Tuesday night, Jan. 14. He is retiring after 30 years of employment.

Prior to his announcement, Hanevold introduced new principals at two area schools. Matthew Bennett replaces Cathy Davis at the Virgin Valley Elementary School and Riley Frei took over as principal at the Virgin Valley High School.

Bennett had served as vice-principal under Davis for 10 years before spending a year at Grant Bowler Elementary School.

Frei was a teacher at the Virgin Valley high school before serving as a school superintendent in Bullhead City, Arizona, and other schools.

Hanevold told the council they “were visionaries when it came to marijuana money” distributions to the schools. “It was a bold move and not a lot of other people are doing that,” he said. “I thank you for reinvesting those funds back into education. It’s where the magic happens.”

The council allocates a portion of tax receipts from marijuana sales it receives to the four area schools each year. The money is used for education-related programs that are not otherwise funded through the school district.

He encouraged the council to engage in the interviewing process for his replacement because of the “unique nature of rural schools. It is your community and the school district is obligated to service this valley as well as they do any other part of the district.”

The council approved an interlocal agreement with the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) for engineering design services for Kitty Hawk Drive. RTC will reimburse the city up to $220,000 under the agreement.

The street that leads to the Mesquite Municipal Airport will see widening, asphalt milling, pulverizing, grading, curb, gutter, sidewalk, asphalt concrete paving, street lights, guard rail, and pavement markings.

Once the design is completed, actual construction will take three to four months and is expected to begin in the summer.