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An Update on Clark County School District's Search for a Superintendent

Today we’re providing you with an update about key dates and concepts driving the search for a new Clark County School District Superintendent to replace Pat Skorkowsky, who is set to retire in June 2018.

We will continue to provide you with regular updates throughout the process via our Twitter and Instagram feeds, and Facebook.

The search for a new superintendent for the Clark County School District has kicked in with the District’s Board of Trustees adopting a timetable and agreeing upon key traits they’re seeking in the person who will head the 37,000-employee organization.

We have had the privilege of working closely with Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, his cabinet, and a significant number of the educators who work in the district’s 357 schools, and with them we have identified key traits that we would like to see in the next person who heads the school district.

Someone who:

  • Supports the concept of the reorganization of the school district and all it can be.

  • Supports the need for systemic changes to support the talent in each and every one of the district’s schools.

  • Has a sophisticated grasp of budgeting, the collective bargaining process and the ability to work openly with the school district’s unions.

  • Has a natural inclination toward transparency, a willingness to share information with the public.

  • Fully understands the complexities of budgeting in a 37,000-employee organization.

  • Possesses the willingness to share bad news as well as the good, and discusses it openly and honestly via public meetings, news media and effective internal communications.

  • Understands that the success of the school district reorganization is dependent upon the transparent sharing of information with players in the daily life of a school

  • Places a primacy on the sharing of public information with school district staff, parents and the broad community.

  • Fosters a healthy, collaborative environment that values input.

  • Builds effective, person-to-person political relationships in Carson City that are nurtured between legislative sessions and pay-off with the adoption of thoughtful legislation that benefits Nevada’s students.

Throughout out our work with educators, we have come to consistently embrace words and concepts that not only identify great school superintendents, administrators and educators but also leaders of any organization. Words that the next Clark County Schools Superintendent should also reflect: Honesty, Delegation, Communication, Confidence, Commitment, Positive Attitude, Creativity, Intuition, Inspirational, Approachable.

The Clark County School Board hopes to have a new superintendent on board by June or sooner and has identified key dates for the process:

  • November 30, 2017 — Search firm selected

  • March 1, 2018 — Superintendent selection completed, negotiations initiated

  • April 30, 2018 — Offer extended to selected candidate

  • June 29, 2018 — Superintendent start date

We are privileged to regularly meet and participate with Nevadans who are committed to the continued development of a high-quality education system throughout our state, and we will work to provide you with all of the information that you need to understand this effort.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the search process please fill out our Contact Us form or email me directly at


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