Nevada board may limit superintendent’s authority with admin hires

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Clark County’s schools chief could be stripped of his absolute power to promote and transfer administrators because one of his high-ranking officials may have inappropriately influenced a hire, education sources said.

“Promotions, dismissals, anything dealing with employment should all come to the School Board for approval,” insisted Clark County School Board Vice President Linda Young, who initiated the discussion at a Thursday meeting and recommended returning to an old policy.

That policy, previously in place for about 30 years, required the Clark County School District superintendent to obtain board permission in public meetings for every change to administrative personnel. About a decade ago though, the board stepped back and allowed the superintendent to promote and transfer administrators at will, as long as the privilege wasn’t abused. That freedom remained in place for three superintendents — Carlos Garcia, Walt Rulffes and Dwight Jones.

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