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Nevada School Superintendent Facing Ouster As COVID-19 Complicates School Year

Nevada School Superintendent Facing Ouster As COVID-19 Complicates School Year

A school superintendent whose career in Clark County School District has been fraught with controversy will face a meeting Wednesday that will determine whether he will remain in his position. Dr. Jesus Jara will appear before the Board of Trustees via Google Meet, according to a letter the Board sent last week.

Dr. Jesus Jara
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Clark County School Watch reported last Wednesday that a letter had been delivered to Superintendent Jesus Jara at his home to inform him that a special meeting had been called to discuss his “character, misconduct, or competence.” Three board members requested the meeting, and four votes are required for Jara’s removal.

The stated concerns include “failure to fully and accurately inform the Board of School Trustees on the procedure for [Nevada Department of Education] approval of school reopening plans.”

According to the Nevada Independent, Governor Steve Sisolak accused Jara of ‘misleading’ on a funding bill, covering up his role in a controversial idea that would have allowed ‘sweeping’ of unspent budget dollars back from schools.

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As Your News reported in May, Jara had faced an ethics complaint for allegedly attempting to influence a school board election. It’s not the only ethics complaint in Jara’s term. He’s faced accusations of mismanaging funds. Last November, a complaint alleged the superintendent was spending taxpayer funds on personal travel, as KTNV reported at the time. Before that, in August, Fox 5 reported that Jara had been accused of using an expense account to cover the cost of a Peloton exercise bike for $2,409.59.

The Board of School Trustees has scheduled the special meeting for July 29.

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