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Clark County Superintendent Jesus Jara delivers an address at the 2020 State of the Schools event inside the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino on Friday, Jan. 10, 2019. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)

Three mayors and the chair of the Clark County Commission have thrown their support behind Clark County Superintendent Jesus Jara, whose job is in jeopardy.

Last week, three members of the Clark County School Board of Trustees — Linda Cavazos, Danielle Ford and Linda Young — requested a special meeting to discuss Jara’s future with the nation’s fifth-largest school district. The request followed a rocky few weeks and mounting tensions, especially after the governor, legislators and state superintendent accused him of being dishonest regarding a piece of legislation that would have allowed the redistribution of unspent funds from individual schools.

The special board meeting has not been scheduled yet.

But, in the meantime, local elected leaders have come to his defense, denouncing the trustees’ move as “petty squabbling.” The letter, which was signed by Henderson Mayor Debra March, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and Clark County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick and sent to the school board Tuesday, was reported by The Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8 News Now.

“Dr. Jesus Jara’s record for improving student achievement is unquestionable,” the letter says. “His resolve to address the myriad inequities present in our district is unchanging. Dr. Jara has opened his office to local elected officials and routinely welcomes our input on the decisions that will affect this region.”

Jara has led the Clark County School District since June 2018. His contract runs through June 2021.

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