Clark County Superintendent Jesus Jara announced Wednesday that he is making some executive cabinet changes after an external review team found numerous weak spots in the school district’s business operations.
The school district has advertised nationally for two key leadership positions — chief operating officer and chief human resources officer. Jara said in a news release that he will conduct a “rigorous interview process” to fill those roles.
The move essentially means the soon-to-be ouster of Rick Neal, the district’s current chief operating officer, and Andre Long, who’s the chief human resources officer. Their contracts run through June 30.
Long has been with the school district nearly three decades and has held a variety of roles during that time. He was hired in August 1990 as a teacher. Neal was a more recent hire, joining the district in June 2015.
“Our kids only have one shot at school, and this report makes it clear that we must move quickly to ensure that all levels of the district are directly supporting student achievement,” Jara said in a statement. “I would like to thank the leaders in these positions who have dedicated years of service to the students of the Clark County School District.”
The School Board of Trustees last week examined a lengthy report — conducted by the Council of the Great City Schools at Jara’s request — that detailed a laundry list of operational challenges. An evaluation team that spent four days at the district in November identified problems such as little thought given to cost savings, severe communication barriers, uneven staffing ratios and lack of business plans spelling out goals and accountability metrics.
One of the evaluators’ recommendations was to reorganize the office of the chief operating officer. The report also noted that the human resources office should review and update job titles and descriptions and monitor employee turnover rates to better track reasons for leaving.
Jara also announced the selection of two region superintendents: Debbie Brockett, a franchise principal of Las Vegas High School and Keller Middle School, and Grant Hanevold, a school associate superintendent who previously served as a principal. The third region superintendent has not been chosen.
The region superintendents are part of Jara’s organizational changes, which reduce the number of school associate superintendents. The new supervisory structure means schools will be organized into three geographic areas led by a region superintendent and two school associate superintendents. Four special-needs schools will be supervised by one school associate superintendent.
This story has been updated with more information from the school district.