LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – The Clark County School District could have an interim superintendent by 5p.m. Friday.

The district’s Board of Trustees could consider an agenda item to accept the resignation of Dr. Jesus F. Jara Thursday evening. If a vote passes, action to make Deputy Superintendent Dr. Brenda Larsen-Mitchell the interim would be discussed.

The Clark County Education Association, the teachers’ union, provided FOX5 a statement ahead of the meeting:

CCEA’s stance remains consistent: Jara should resign gracefully and without a golden parachute. He should not get any more taxpayer dollars. Learning from the ‘Jara experience’, the school district now needs to set a higher standard of qualification for the next superintendent. This process must include a transparent national search, and a heavy emphasis on community and educator input. We firmly reject the potential appointment of Brenda Larsen Mitchell, as it would only be an extension of the same failed leadership.

If Jara’s resignation is accepted, documents show that he would get paid a $250,000 lump sum, or six months pay.

In a previous message, the Board said, “We appreciate Superintendent Jara’s tireless commitment to the students of Clark County, and recognize that taking advantage of this natural transition point is in everyone’s best interest. This mutual agreement will allow the community to forge a new path, focused solely on student success. We appreciate the Superintendent’s willingness to help us move forward in a positive manner.”

On Feb. 7, the board rejected a contract buyout for Jara in exchange for stepping down. Jara submitted a letter of resignation on Jan. 30.

In a canceled State of the Schools address, Jara claimed the district is in a “better position.”

“I am proud and humbled to have led the Clark County School District through some of history’s most exciting and turbulent times. We have shared countless challenges, opportunities, and successes, and we did it all together.”

The speech was canceled due to a “personal family matter impacting Dr. Jara,” a district spokesperson said.

Thursday’s board meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m.


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