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Schools superintendent seeks $1 million in private funds for budget study

Dwight Jones

Dwight Jones

Dwight Jones, the new Clark County schools superintendent, said Thursday that he will seek up to $1 million in private funding for a rigorous analysis of the School District’s $2 billion budget.

The money would go to temporarily hire analysts to analyze “our return on investment,” he told a regularly scheduled meeting of the school board.

Jones said he had already secured a $400,000 commitment from the Lincy Foundation.

If he can get the $1 million, Jones said, the analysis would be completed within six to eight months. He planned to report further to the school board Jan. 27.

“I’m not going to use general fund dollars,” Jones said.

Meanwhile, Jeff Weiler, the chief financial officer, reiterated that next year’s budget is expected to be $180 million short, even before any cuts ordered by the state Legislature to close a $1 billion-plus state deficit.

The shortfall, due mainly to falling property tax receipts, means 2,500 positions, including teachers, might be eliminated. The exact number is subject to negotiation with the teachers union and other unions.

Weiler and Jones met with Gov. Brian Sandoval and his staff earlier this month. The governor’s staff expressed a desire to use school construction dollars for operating expenses, which concerns the district.

“We did not initiate the conversation,” Weiler said.

CORRECTION: This story has been changed to correct a reference to the Lincy Foundation, which was originally reported as the Lindsey Foundation. | (January 14, 2011)

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  1. Truth of the matter is, all School Districts are top heavy. Many prospective good teachers enter school administrative careers only because the wages are much better leaving the students holding the bag; the money never gets to them.

  2. Looks like Mr. Jones needs to do a better job of selling this study to the public. The negative comments thus far are fair. Why do we need another study?

  3. "Truth of the matter is, all School Districts are top heavy."

    steve7952 -- what you said!

    A million just for a budget study?? No wonder governments are crying for more funding. Seems it's just to maintain their status quo in spite of the fact the public teat has dried up.

    "...we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds...[we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers... And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for [another]... till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery... And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression." -- Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816

  4. Something to look at here, he is NOT ASKING TAXPAYERS to come up with this money. He is getting public DONATED money to do the study.

    He is better then most, he is looking for FACTS so that he can deal with the problems if this district.

    We all have opinions, he wants to deal in facts. Something lacking with most these days.