Nevada Association of School Boards
NASB Officers and Members of the Executive Committee
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Joe F. Crim, Jr.
Trustee Malena Raymond has built a career around her passion for the Northern Nevada community. As a non-profit professional she has collaborated with other organizations to connect important services with those in need. As a trustee she hopes to use this passion to inspire collaborations between the Washoe County School District and area non-profits. Collaborations like the Sierra Arts Foundation/Veterans Memorial STEM Academy Arts Integration Program, which integrates the arts into student’s curriculum and personal life, providing a creative approach to all subjects.
Trustee Raymond currently works for the Domestic Violence Resource Center, where she administers state and federal law that supports the organizations mission to end family violence. Trustee Raymond has worked with the Nevada Museum of Art, Renown Health Foundation and the Nevada Women’s Fund. While at these organizations, she learned about what it takes to run the daily operations of an organization including. Evaluating talent, negotiating contracts and managing a budget.
Trustee Raymond does all that she can to give back to her district and community. Trustee Raymond’s daughter attends an elementary school in her district, the same one she attended as a child. She is very involved in volunteering and assuring that students get what they need in the classroom.
Past President 2017
Wade was appointed to the Lincoln County School Board in 2011. He has served as an NASB Director and officer since that time. Wade served as a Lincoln County Commissioner from 2005- 2008 and enjoys being part of public service in Lincoln County. He enjoys being a school trustee coming from a long history of educators, as his mother and aunts and mother-in-law are all retired teachers. Wade believes in public education as the key to success for our young people of today and is happy to be involved in the educational process for his District and the State of Nevada. Wade has lived in Alamo, Nevada, for thirty-five years and has raised six children there. Wade has four sons and two daughters. Wade enjoys sports, coaching, horses, and ranching.
Immediate Past President 2018
Stacie is a native of Carson City. After attending college in Arizona, she returned home and served on the Carson City School Board from 1997-2000. After a number of years, she was appointed in 2009 and was elected to the seat 2010 and again in 2014. She served as President in 2014.
Stacie is currently on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Parent Involvement and Family Engagement and on the NIAA Board of Control representing Region II. She is married with a stepson and two daughters, all of whom are grown and out of the house. She enjoys sporting events, playing recreational volleyball, traveling, and boating.
Glenda was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Humboldt County Board of School Trustees then was successful in her first bid for election in November 2010. During her first year on the Board of School Trustees, she attended the offered trainings and joined John Seeliger at NASB meetings to learn what was required of the NASB Director. She eventually replaced John as our NASB Director. She has served as the Humboldt NASB Legislative Representative for four years. She has attended numerous NASB trainings and the Annual Conference for NASB.
Serving as a School Trustee for six years has allowed her to become familiar with the working of the state, regional, and national associations.
Glenda came to Nevada 41 years ago and has resided in the communities of Reno, Sparks, Winnemucca, Orovada, and currently lives in Paradise Valley in Humboldt County. She has taught Hunter Education in Humboldt County for 20 years and been a 4-H leader for 23 years. Currently, she serves as the 4-H representative on her local Community Board; in addition, she cares for the cemetery and community building on behalf of that Board.
In her recreational time, she likes to hunt, fish, and pursue the dead ends of roads and the beginnings of rivers. She says that she is an animal-coholic as well as a pretty good 'farmer.'
Born and raised in Carson City, Laurel Crossman graduated with a BA in English from Brigham Young University and a JD from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. A member of the Utah Bar Association, Laurel practiced with the firm Ivie & Young in Provo before deciding to practice motherhood full time. Laurel and her husband Dan have five sons, whom they enjoy supporting in various activities.
Laurel was elected to the Carson City School Board in 2012 and again in 2016. She has served as Clerk, Vice President, and President on the board. She was appointed to the English Mastery Council by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2016 and currently serves as the chair of the District Policy and Criteria Subcommittee. Laurel is currently serving as the Vice President of the Nevada Association of School Boards.
Bridget graduated with her B.S. from the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University. She then moved to Nevada and currently resides in Dayton. She has four children and keeps busy volunteering in their schools and coaching her children in various sports. Bridget enjoys reading, riding her bike, and painting.
Bridget was appointed to the Lyon County Board of School Trustees in 2014. She was elected to the position of Trustee in 2015 and is currently in her first term. Currently, she is serving as the School Board President. Before becoming a Trustee, she worked as a substitute teacher for four years in Lyon County.
Bob Burnham was selected in early 2014 in the first class of NASB Emeritus School Board Members. The Association envisioned these Emeritus Board Members as advocates for public education, professional development mentors who could contribute to training for serving school board members, and veterans of board service who could work in their communities on behalf of schools and children. When a position on the Task Force for K-12 Public Education Funding was allocated to NASB, the Association asked Mr. Burnham to serve as its representative. Mr. Burnham’s statewide perspective on the Task Force enabled him to voice concerns and to raise issues on behalf of all seventeen school boards. In addition, he provided monthly updates for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors about the work of the Task Force and the questions it was addressing. During the final meeting of the Task Force in June 2014, Mr. Burnham led the way for the Funding Resolution from NASB and the seventeen school boards to be included in the final report prepared for Governor Sandoval and the 2015 Session. Mr. Burnham traveled from his home in Eureka to Carson City and Las Vegas to attend Task Force meetings, putting more than 3,300 miles on his vehicle. Prior to serving on the Task Force, Bob was elected to two terms as a School Trustee in Eureka and served for four years on the NASB Executive Committee.
PROFESSIONAL BIO TO COME
Chris Garvey was elected to the Clark County School District Board of Trustees in November of 2008, 2012 and 2016. Garvey is a native Nevadan and has resided in District B for the last 28 years. She and her husband of 37 years have three children, all of whom have attended Clark County District Schools.
An active member for the PTA during the valley's population boom of the 1990's, Garvey was involved in the grass roots campaign for the school bond that will produce 101 new schools in Clark County upon its completion. Through her various roles in PTA, both at her school and council level, she has been an advocate for class size reduction, zoning and safety issues, and mandatory kindergarten.
Garvey is a graduate of the College of Southern Nevada, receiving her Associates degree in Dental Hygiene in 1999. As a dental health professional she has continued her commitment to children and education by volunteering both in the classroom and in dental clinics for underserved children. Garvey also serves as a member of the state advisory committee on oral health.
Chris is committed to building coalition within our community that focus on improving the lives and education of our children.
Trustee Brooks currently works as a Student Data Analyst at a local independently operated charter school. She reports student data to the state, manages various technology platforms, and performs other duties related to data collection and analysis. She previously worked as a nonprofit consultant, helping nonprofits improve their data, technology, and operational practices. She was also previously employed as a Project Coordinator at United Way of Southern Nevada, where she focused on education initiatives and data projects.
As the first member of her family to receive a traditional high school diploma and complete college, Trustee Brooks is passionate about reaching and serving at-risk students. She is also passionate about meaningful stakeholder engagement and amplifying the voices of teachers, parents, and students.
Trustee Brooks has been married to her husband, Steve, since 2002. They have one son attending school in CCSD.
Past President 2016
Joe was elected to the Pershing County Board of School Trustees in November 2008 and has served since January 2009. He has served on the NASB Board of Directors since his that time. In 2012, he was selected to represent Nevada’s fifteen rural school districts as a liaison to the Executive Committee. He was elected as the Association’s Legislative Chair in November 2012.
As a member of the Pershing County Board of School Trustees, Mr. Crim’s priority has been to provide equal educational opportunities for all students. As a Director and as NASB Past President serving on the Executive Committee, Joe brings to his position skills as an active listener, a statewide perspective of Nevada school districts, and a willingness to work collaboratively with others to further develop a system of Nevada public education that is fair and balanced.
Immed. Past Pres.
Legislative Chair Kathryn Whitaker
Board of Directors
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Carson City School District
Churchill County School District
Deanna L. Wright
William Kirby Esmeralda County
Humboldt County School District
Mineral County School District
Joe Crim, Jr
Pershing County School District
Washoe County School District
White Pine County
Lyon County School District
Lyon County School District, with approximately 9,000 students and 1,100 staff members, is the fourth largest school district in Nevada. LCSD is comprised of 18 schools located in five unique attendance areas including Dayton, Fernley, Silver Springs, Smith Valley and Yerington. Each school boasts highly qualified instructional leaders, accompanied by caring and dedicated staff, who work tirelessly to ensure the learning needs of each student are realized. The district motto of “Every Student…Every Classroom…Every Day” comes to life when you step into the classroom and see students engaged in rigorous learning opportunities.
Lyon County School District is the only school district in Nevada to achieve the designation of “School System Accreditation Quality Achievement” through AdvancED® and the Northwest Accreditation Commission. This means that all schools in the district (not just the high schools) met the rigorous standards necessary to receive this designation. As a result, all students are able to receive a world-class education while attending schools in the Lyon County School District.
Carson City School District
Located in Nevada’s capital, Carson City School District offers public education to approximately 7,600 students. The district includes 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 alternative high school and 1 comprehensive high school. The district boasts many successes including impressive graduation rates, strict safety measures, programs for gifted students and advanced-placement classes, among several others.
In a joint venture with Western Nevada College, the CCSD Jump Start College program allows students to complete their senior year of high school and freshman year of college simultaneously. Additionally, in November 2011, the United States Department of Education awarded $10 million to CCSD through the Race To The Top grant to develop it’s learner-centered education model. The school district finished No. 1 in the national application process.
Churchill County School District
The Churchill County School District (ChurchillCSD) serves approximately 3,400 students in three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and an early learning center (for Pre-K). The District employs a staff of about 410 employees.
Technology is an important part of instruction for teachers and students in ChurchillCSD. Chromebook devices have successfully been rolled out in all grade levels, grades 2-12, to provide authentic and relevant 21st Century learning. Each classroom is fitted with smartboard technology and the ability to perform state-of-the-art lessons. Teachers enhance their technology skills through many professional learning opportunities and trainings. Technology has transformed classrooms to promote learning and success for all students. With an emphasis on Career Technical Education (CTE), the District offers a unique array of programs outside the basic academic curriculum aimed at building knowledge and skills students will use in everyday life after graduation.
The high school offers eleven different Advanced Placement courses and participates in the JumpStart to College program at Western Nevada College where students can complete their Associates degree.
Churchill County High School has a rich tradition of excellence. The school receives great community support for athletics, fine arts, and other programs. A great variety of programs are available for students outside the basic academic curriculum.
In 2018, the wrestling season ended with four student athletes becoming Division 3A State Champions in their individual weight classes. The efforts of the team led to a fifth place team finish at the State Tournament in Las Vegas. The Girls Basketball team is the reigning two-time State Champions for Division 3A. The Boys Basketball team placed second in the Northern 3A League and the Cheerleading squad and Archery team won State Championships this year.
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ChurchillCSD is located in Churchill County in the high-desert environment of the Great Basin in north-central Nevada. Churchill County is a rural community of approximately 25,000 residents. The school district office is located in Fallon, a town of about 9,000. The county is located in Northern Nevada an hour’s drive to either the hub of Nevada’s political and governmental sites in the Capital, Carson City, or to the recreational opportunities in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area. To the east of Fallon lies the vast open expanse of the “True West” offering excellent outdoor recreational access for fishing, hunting, camping, wildlife viewing, and off-road activities.
Churchill County presents attractive and accessible opportunities for families and visitors seeking the unique mix offered here. Fallon offers a small-town atmosphere, diverse recreation, well-preserved history and an environment that values the land. The County is also the home to Fallon Naval Air Station and the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center. For more information about the area visit:
Deanna L. Wright
Clark County School District
Encompassing all of Clark County and covering more than 7,900 square miles, the Clark County School District (CCSD) is the fifth largest in the nation and home to more than 320,000 students and 42,000 employees. As of October 1, 2017 the school district operates 358 schools:
CCSD schools are organized into 17 Performance Zones with each Performance Zone being supervised by a School Associate Superintendent.
The CCSD Board of School Trustees is a group of seven elected community leaders dedicated to providing the leadership necessary for Clark County public school students to accomplish their educational goals.
CCSD’s Magnet and CTAs offer learning opportunities in 140 programs of study that improve student achievement, promote diversity and create an awareness of career opportunities.
Some fun facts: CCSD’s graduation rate is 82.71%; six students were designated as National AP Scholars; school buses traveled over 24 million miles last school year and CCSD’s Food Service Department makes over 12 million meals per week.
Douglas County School District
Douglas County School District is situated in one of the most beautiful valleys in the State at the base of the Sierra Nevada in the Carson Valley. We proudly serve the communities of Minden, Genoa, Lake Tahoe from Stateline to Glenbrook, and Gardnerville. The District boasts a graduation rate of 90.6% and administers over 600 AP exams where students score an average of 3.2 or higher. Our schools serve just under 6000 students from Pre-K through Adult. We offer an environment that is nurturing, rich in rigorous instruction and STEM activities, and committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills each will need to be able to achieve excellence.
The Mission of our District is to ensure that all students achieve excellence in education, character and citizenship, in partnership with parents and community. The District has defined six focus areas through our Strategic Plan to work toward supporting our Mission. They may be viewed under the Board of Trustees link on the District's homepage and are:
The educators and support staff within our District are committed to the work of supporting our young people in their educational pursuits. We recognize the importance of the role of family and friends in achieving our goal and encourage your active participation and feedback regarding our programs. Together, we can provide every young person in our valley with the skills and support each will need to lead us into the future.
Elko County School District
Elko County is the fourth largest geographical county in the contiguous 48 states, covering more than 17,000 square miles. The Elko County School District's enrollment is approximately 10,000 students who are educated in 17 schools distributed amongst 11 communities. Elko County School Districts’ students, parents, guardians, and stakeholder groups, separated by distance, culture, and demographics, look to their schools as the center piece of community life. Ranging from the 1-room school houses of Mound Valley, Ruby Valley, and Independence Valley, K-12 combined schools in the cities of Carlin, Wells, Owyhee, and Jackpot and traditional elementary, middle, and high school models in Spring Creek, West Wendover, and Elko itself, the Elko County School District thrives on its diversity and embraces the challenges of educating students throughout such a varied and independent county.
As the largest of these communities and the county seat, the City of Elko was founded as a railroad-promoted town site and railhead for the White Pine mines in 1869, Elko has served for generations as the provincial capital of an enormous cattle ranching empire embracing parts of four states. Seventy years ago Lowell Thomas called Elko "the last real cow-town in the American West," and, until about 25 years ago, many areas of Elko County were still served by this description and some still are. However, with sophisticated mining technologies that have allowed for the collection of microscopic particles of precious metals from mountains of rock, Elko County has evolved into a global leader in the gold mining industry. Half a dozen large mining operations produce millions of ounces of gold a year in the region and those operations continue to expand, now reaching into the heart of Elko County with the new Long Canyon Mine, which is operated by Newmont Gold Mining Corporation. The prosperity of the mining, ranching, and gaming industries continue to support the varied and distinctly individual communities within the Elko County School District. Each community school continues to make its own impact on their specific area while still maintaining their important spot in the overall health and success of the Elko County School District.
The vast area encompassed by our county poses unique challenges; some of our schools are separated by more than four hours’ drive-time, several are geographically isolated, and one is located on the Shoshone-Paiute Indian Reservation. The diversity of our communities is echoed by the diversity in our schools which range from one-room school houses serving small ranching communities to a traditional high school with a student body of 1,300.
Two of the largest gold-producing companies in the United States, Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining, are major contributors to our economy. Both companies are great partners with the District and each year contribute too many programs and student organizations throughout the county.
Using multiple funding sources, the Elko County School District has implemented many state and local initiatives across our district. We are home to four Victory Schools, six Title I schools, two Nevada Ready 21 schools, nine Read By Grade Three schools, four GEAR UP schools, and three 21st Century Community Learning Center schools. Through grant funding, we now have six campuses in our district offering 1:1, meaning that every student and teacher on that campus has individual access to a laptop or tablet device. We have collaboratively funded school resource officers and school social workers. Each of these initiatives wrap around the student body to create safe and respectful learning environments and support the whole student socially and emotionally. We continually seek new opportunities to leverage multiple funding sources which enable our district to provide innovative and evidence-based programs, technologies, and experiences to our students so that they are equipped and ready to enter college and careers as Elko County School District graduates.
Esmeralda County School District
Esmeralda County School District (EsCSD) is located in Southwest Nevada among several mountain ranges. Mining and agriculture are the chief industries. EsCSD educates approximately 85 students PK-8 in the three communities of Dyer, Goldfield and Silver Peak. It offers a 4-day school week over nine months, August-May. EsCSD schools have blended grades with excellent opportunities for small group instruction and close relationships with families. The use of technology to enhance learning is an important part of our curricular approach. Students in grades nine through twelve are transported to the Tonopah High School (THS) in nearby Nye County. THS offers both a blended virtual (on-line) and a traditional approach to learning.
Each of our schools has consistently achieved Adequate Yearly Progress. Within the last 10 years, the District was one of two recognized by the Nevada Department of Education as “High Achieving”. Each of our schools has been honored as “Banner Schools” with the Reading First program. The Reading First awarded two of our schools the highest honor, “Platinum.” Only five schools in the State earned the Platinum distinction that year. This year the district is implementing preparatory Computer Science curriculum for all grades. This will include introduction to Coding for our Middle School. The district also offers MS Athletics depending on interest and enrollment.
Our remote rural location offers all the advantages associated with rearing families in the country. Each community is located a little over an hour from each other and the staff and students have learned to communicate effectively via technology. Essential amenities are accessible locally. Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Reno and rural California are close enough for weekend outings.
Eureka County School District
Classes for the first school in Eureka County were held in a tent and later moved to a frame building. In 1879-80, a two-story brick building was erected on Nob Hill, which became the Eureka County High School in 1910. A 1920 earthquake hit the area and moved the building off its foundation; it was later closed and demolished. Classes were then held for a couple years in various buildings in Eureka.
The lack of proper school facilities, World War I, the flu epidemic, and the shortage of teachers were serious hardships faced by the people of Eureka County during that era.
The economy was poor, and the cost of a new school was such that the citizens were divided on the issue of financing one. Everyone, however, agreed on the need for one.
On November 7, 1922, an election was held and a bond passed for the construction of a new school. The building was dedicated on May 16, 1924. This school was very well-loved by the community it served for 45 years. The Class of 1969 was the last to graduate from the 1924 school.
In 1968, a new high school was dedicated on the hill above the 1924 school. It continues to serve Eureka area students, and has been both enlarged and improved. As with the school built in 1924, Eureka County High School has served the community in many ways, including housing the district office in the recently completed Vandal Athletic Center. A satellite program from Great Basin College has long been housed in the school, which makes it possible for students to continue college studies in Eureka
A beautiful new elementary school was built in Crescent Valley in 1997, and a new facility for Eureka Elementary School was completed in 1993. With low student/teacher ratios in grades preschool through 6th grade, both schools offer an excellent learning environment.
Through the years, Eureka has been blessed with some very dedicated administrators, teachers, coaches, board members, and parents, and outstanding students who are remembered for their excellence and dedication.
Eureka is a high mountain, desert community of approximately 600 residents. Eureka was once the second-largest producer of precious minerals in Nevada. With its nineteenth century charm intact, Eureka remains a great place to explore and live. Eureka is located on U.S. Highway 50 approximately equal distance from Reno and Las Vegas.
Humboldt County School District
The Humboldt County School District serves an ethnically and economically diverse county population of about 18,000 residents. The student population of 3,492 students is served by 11 county-wide schools: six in the city of Winnemucca, four K-8 remote rural schools, and one K-12 rural school. The primary industries supporting the economy of Humboldt County are ranching, farming, mining, and state and federal governmental employment.
Humboldt County was proud to announce it is home to four Nevada Exemplary Schools and two Nevada High Achieving Schools. Student achievement is improving and continues to exceed the Nevada average.
The purpose of education in Humboldt County Schools is to provide useful and meaningful experiences to all children. It is the goal of the schools to prepare the student to meet the ever-changing demands of modern day society. Each child deserves the opportunity to develop and excel to his/her maximum potential. It is the duty of the schools to provide the materials, equipment and instruction of such quality and diversity as to assure each child’s attainment of his/her maximum potential, providing the pupil is willing to put forth the needed effort.
Education in Humboldt County Schools is geared to meet the specific needs of the entire community in relation to the economic and cultural environment. The school system should never lag behind in the application of new concepts, experimental studies and changing methods of instruction. The purpose of the school is to facilitate goals basic to effective teaching and learning. Programs instituted in the schools are aimed at reaching these goals.
Humboldt County Schools strive to provide the means necessary to insure the development of children into the best possible citizens of the community, state, and nation.
Lander County School District
Lander County was formed on December 19, 1862, and was named after General Frederick W. Lander, Civil War hero and prominent builder of a wagon road across Nevada. The region attracted prospectors fanning out across the Great Basin after the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode.
Located in north central Nevada, Lander County encompasses 5,621 square miles. Over 85 percent of the County is currently public land managed by federal agencies. Lander County has some of the most beautiful high desert country in the State and consists of two population centers, Battle Mountain and Austin.
As in the past, Lander County continues to be dependent upon the mining industry for its economy and school finances. We still regard ourselves as a “boom and bust” community because the population and economy in Battle Mountain fluctuate according to the ups and downs of the mining industry.
Austin has faced tough times in recent years as its population has decreased. One of the biggest challenges for the Lander County School District Board is to continue to provide highly qualified teachers, resources, and funding to appropriately support the Austin schools. Austin citizens are justifiably concerned about the ability of the system to attract new staff to Austin.
Schools located within Battle Mountain have recently been renovated and a brand new elementary school was added for the school year 2016-2017. We also have a beautiful new track and sports stadium located at the Eleanor Lemaire Jr. High School site that is the center of attraction for all of our football, track, and other sports. The city of Battle Mountain is currently building a Recreation Center that will have an inside heated pool for the entire community to use and will open late 2017.
Another challenge we face, like many districts in the State, is to ensure that our schools consistently increase student learning and achievement. Because of its rural and somewhat remote nature, LCSD has experienced difficulties in attracting and keeping qualified teachers and administrators. We have refocused efforts to access grant monies for tutoring and intervention programs to assist students and teachers in the classroom. This has had some tremendous results in the elementary area. Currently, all schools are NV state rated at three stars.
Lincoln County School District
When first settled in 1864, this area was still a part of Utah Territory, when Nevada officially became a state in October of that year. Upon request of the Nevada Legislature in 1866, boundaries were revised and Congress allowed an additional degree of longitude to be added to the eastern border of Nevada. This became Lincoln County. Its boundaries changed three more times over the course of the next 43 years.
Lincoln County School District serves nine schools and continues to provide quality education with the allocated resources. We continue to have highly performing schools at all levels. With an average of 1000 students at widespread school sites, our challenges continue to be providing enrichment opportunities such as; art, drama, music, and career and technology classes. We also continue to struggle in attracting and retaining quality teachers for all subjects and grade levels.
Our vision at Lincoln County School District is to build a culture of success. Our mission is to teach critical thinking, communication, and collaboration so all students have the opportunity to succeed in their endeavors.
Mineral County School District
Mineral County School District serves the communities of Hawthorne, Luning, Minaand Schurz. With more than 650 students attending three schools, we are focused on moving from “Good to Great” through the use of advisory councils that involve educators, non-instructional personnel, and the community.
The District has completed the development of new organizational management systems that will fully enlarge the needed processes and procedures to ensure that as new challenges arise, systems are in place to address them. Along with taking a systems approach, the District is a
During the first three months of 2008, we have reconsidered our beliefs, vision, and mission statement. Our work is being done with the following in mind: Mineral County School District invests in creating a positive learning community where everyone contributes to the successful development of life-long learners.
Nye County School District
Nye County School District (NCSD) is the largest geographical district in the contiguous 48 states at 18, 400 square miles. The Transportation Department has more than 100 buses which travel approximately 880,000 miles per year transporting a majority of the District’s 5,200 students. Our schools range in population from 1,170 students enrolled in Pahrump Valley High School to 7 students enrolled in rural Warm Springs School. Honors and AP courses in grades 6-12 are taught throughout NCSD including the remote rural areas. Career and Technical Education (CTE) is also offered in our high schools. NCSD focuses on enhancing and improving attitudes and behaviors to continue to provide an engaging, safe, respectful and positive learning environment for all. Teachers and administrators are held to the high standards of the Nevada Educator Performance Framework to give ALL students the opportunity and support they need to be successful.
Joe F. Crim, Jr.
Pershing County School District
Fueled by desire, dedication, hard work and an eager eye toward the future and present needs of its students, the Pershing County School District utilizes its small size as a strength to provide an excellent learning environment. It is a small town atmosphere with big town programs!
The District provides educational services for approximately 725 students enrolled in pre-K through grade 12 in two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. In addition, PCSD has a collaborative agreement with the adjoining Humboldt County School District to educate approximately 250 Pershing County resident students because of their location.
Whereas the District’s enrollment has declined by almost 25% during the past decade, student achievements and successes have not dwindled. The dropout rate remains low, the graduation rate remains high, and steps along the way encourage and support student growth and learning.
Pershing County is approximately 6,031 square miles, located along the I-80 corridor about 90 miles east of Reno. Free daily tours are available. Please contact the Superintendent at (775) 273-7819.
Storey County School District
The history of Storey County is, to some extent, the history of the whole State. Legends of the Old West don’t get any richer than they are in Storey County. We are steeped in history going back to 1859 when miners discovered the largest deposit ever found of gold and silver. This saga gives our teachers a unique opportunity when teaching history which, in turn, leads to an increased student appreciation for life on the Comstock—past and present. Another unique feature in Storey County is our size. We have about 450 students in our four schools. Our average class size is around 18 or 19, which gives every child the chance to have critical one-on-one instruction with each teacher.
In Storey County, everyone really does know your name. Parents love that everyone knows everyone else and that personal contact with District personnel—from the teachers to the superintendent—is possible and is, in fact, encouraged. One of our primary challenges is that Storey County is completely mountainous and spread out over 4 different geographical populations including Virginia City/Gold Hill, Mark Twain, VC Highlands, and Lockwood. Additionally, Storey County is home to Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, the largest industrial park in the world. It is home to cutting edge businesses like Tesla, Switch, Panasonic, Google, Wal-Mart and many others. Like all Nevada districts, our challenge is to prepare students for college and career readiness and give them the best opportunities to be successful.
Washoe County School District
The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is the 58th largest school district in the United States and the 2nd largest school district in Nevada, with 104 schools serving approximately 65,000 students. WCSD is one of 17 school districts in Nevada. As the largest single employer in Washoe County, our 9,000 employees strive to educate the children in Reno, Sparks, Gerlach, Wadsworth, Incline Village, and Washoe Valley, encompassing an area of 6,600 square miles.
The Washoe County School District continues an ambitious pathway of reform with a primary focus on increased academic rigor for all children and elimination of achievement gaps. The District’s strategic plan, Envision WCSD 2020 – Investing in Our Future, establishes the efforts toward achieving the goal of Every Child, By Name and Face to Graduation and memorializes the dedication to engagement of our parents, families, and community partners to foster strong and meaningful relationships to increase student success. Since the implementation of the current strategic plan, WCSD achieved a record graduation rate of 84% in 2017, with the goal of a 90% graduation rate by 2020. WCSD has continued to see graduation rates climb for the past 5 years for all student subpopulations, with close to half of all diplomas awarded being advanced/honors diplomas. Additionally, seven high schools posted graduation rates over 90% in 2017, with AACT High School achieving 100%.
WCSD remains committed to community accountability and transparency, especially related to the finances of the District. For 16 consecutive years, the District has received the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate in Financial Reporting for our Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Additionally, WCSD maintains an on-line data gallery for the community where all financial information can be accessed and reviewed.
The District’s academic gains and leadership of the Board of Trustees was recognized by the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) with the 2012 Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence. The Nevada Association of School Boards (NASB) has also recognized the efforts of the Board of Trustees and others in the Washoe County School District over the past years with Katy Simon Holland receiving the New School Board Member of the Year Award and John Mayer receiving the Veteran School Board Member of the Year in 2017.
The Washoe County School District remains committed to improving the quality of education provided to all children and working in collaboration with parents and the community to ensure its graduates are prepared for the workforce of the 21st Century.
WCSD website: www.washoecountyschools.org
White Pine County School District
White Pine County School District’s vision is to change the world by creating a learning environment where stakeholders work interdependently to promote, support, and ensure high levels of learning for all.
Despite very challenging financial conditions requiring budget reductions of more than two million dollars over two years, WPCSD staff are committed to the success of each and every student.
At the primary level, teachers and students believe in the Spalding method for helping promote literacy. As they progress through school, students are coached into tackling high cognitive demand learning in all content areas.
Students are accessing College and Career Readiness through gifted and talented programs at the elementary and middle school levels as well as through STEM offerings at the high school level.
Leadership is prioritized in the WPCSD, with the Great Teachers and Leaders fund supporting building the capacity staff members who are current and future leaders.
These processes are led and facilitated by the WPCSD Board of Trustees, a committed group of White Pine residents who believe in the power of education to transform lives.