‘We’ve made great strides’: School Board gives Skorkowsky contract extension

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Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky sits with second grader Karina Martinez during the first day of school at Cambeiro Elementary School Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. The school is a “Zoom” school, one of 14 CCSD schools that will receive additional state money and resources to help students who don’t speak English.

Published Thu, Feb 25, 2016 (6:50 p.m.)

Updated Thu, Feb 25, 2016 (8:45 p.m.)

Pat Skorkowsky will keep his position as Clark County superintendent for at least another two years.

School Board members voted unanimously Thursday night to extend his contract, citing Skorkowsky’s “student-centric” approach to solving problems faced by the district.

“I think it shows great solidarity that we are moving forward with it,” said trustee Carolyn Edwards. “We have a lot of faith in him and us as a team.”

“I would like to express my gratitude to the superintendent for hanging with us as we move the needle on education in Southern Nevada,” said trustee Deanna Wright. “We’ve made great strides.”

The extension does not come with a pay raise. Skorkowsky’s current base salary is $260,000 a year, among the highest in the public sector in Nevada.

"It's time to get to work, even more than we already have," Skorkowsky told the board.

When asked after the meeting, Skorkowsky wouldn't give a grade to his performance as superintendent thus far, but said he felt he was "effective."

"And my goal is to move toward highly effective," he added.

His contract will now expire in June 2018.

Skorkowsky was appointed in 2013, and has presided over the fifth-largest school district in the country as it has faced issues like overcrowding, aging facilities and, recently, concerns over whether splitting up the district will increase school performance.

Skorkowsky is set to give an update on the district's progress in a State of the District speech set for 10 a.m. Monday at Cimarron-Memorial High School.

There he is expected to highlight where the district stands with respect to the "Pledge of Achievement," which is Skorkowsky's long term plan to improve metrics like graduation rates, parent involvement and to reduce achievement gaps among students.

Here are some of the key goals set by Skorkowsky and where CCSD currently stands:

Third graders proficient in reading

Goal: 80 percent by 2018

Current: 60.3 percent

Graduation rate

Goal: 82 percent by 2018

Current: 72 percent

College and career readiness

Goal: 31,580 students completing AP and CTE courses each year

Current: 29,995

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