• The policies in the 9000 Series deal with Board governance issues such as meeting protocols, committees, etc.

Board of Trustees

  • Policy 9050, Board of Trustees' Governing Mission

    Policy 9050, Board of Trustees' Governing Mission

    It is the Board of Trustees’ mission to serve as stewards of the Washoe County School District (“District”) to create an education system where all students achieve academic success, develop personal and civic responsibility, and achieve career and college readiness. The intent of this policy is to outline the basic principles of the governing mission of the Board of Trustees (“Board”).

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  • Policy 9051, Board Conduct, Ethics and Operational Protocols

    Policy 9051, Board Conduct, Ethics and Operational Protocols

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) commits itself and its members to ethical, professional, and lawful conduct, including speaking with one voice, proper use of authority, and appropriate decorum when acting as Board members. In such conduct, Board members shall fulfill the responsibilities as set forth in the Oath of Office and in the Conduct and Ethics Protocols.

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  • Policy 9052, Public Communication Protocols for the Board of Trustees

    Policy 9052, Public Communication Protocols for the Board of Trustees

    The Board commits itself and its members to ethical, professional, and lawful conduct, regarding communication and interaction with the media, the public, other Trustees, and with Washoe County School District (“District”) staff. Trustees shall adhere to the following protocols when functioning as an elected Trustee and when engaging in communications regarding District business.

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  • Policy 9055, Officers and Duties of the Board of Trustees

    Policy 9055, Officers and Duties of the Board of Trustees

    It is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees (“Board”) to represent the citizens and taxpayers of the community in the Washoe County School District’s (“District”) mission to create an education system where all students achieve academic success, develop personal and civic responsibility, and achieve career and college readiness for the 21st century. This policy will define the duties of the members of the Board of Trustees.

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  • Policy 9060, Annual Goals, Objectives & Evaluation of the Board of Trustees

    Policy 9060, Annual Goals, Objectives & Evaluation of the Board of Trustees

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) shall identify annual goals and objectives in order to foster and maintain an environment of continuous improvement within the Washoe County School District (“District”). The Board of Trustees believes the evaluation of those goals and objectives will aid in the development of strategies, responsibilities and timelines geared toward the ultimate goal of the District – the academic success of the students of Washoe County.

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  • Policy 9062, Orientation and Continuous Education of the Board of Trustees

    Policy 9062, Orientation and Continuous Education of the Board of Trustees

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) believes in the importance of the orientation and continuous education of its members as a vital component of its governing mission. Orientation of the Board of Trustees will be conducted in order to provide important information regarding the Washoe County School District’s (“District”) Operations as well as the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees. Opportunities for continuous education will be provided to enable members of the Board of Trustees to develop and improve their governing skills.

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  • Policy 9065, Board of Trustees' Travel and Other Expenses

    Policy 9065, Board of Trustees' Travel and Other Expenses

    In order to provide effective leadership to a high performing school district, and to provide reform governance to the Washoe County School District, the Board of Trustees must take an active role in the community, as well as seek and obtain superior professional development. Travel expenses to carry out that objective are accorded to members of the Board of Trustees pursuant to Nevada state law

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  • Policy 9070, Board Policy - Adoption and Revision

    Policy 9070, Board Policy - Adoption and Revision

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) functions as the governing body responsible for establishing the District’s vision for student learning, setting policy for carrying out that vision, and monitoring progress. Board governance and District operations, as well as the duties and authority of the Superintendent, are primarily governed by policy. In creating Board policies, the Board shall administer its affairs in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

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  • Policy 9080, Hiring and Monitoring Superintendent Performance

    Policy 9080, Hiring and Monitoring Superintendent Performance

    The hiring of a Superintendent and the review and appraisal of his/her responsibilities by the Board of Trustees is essential to the development and maintenance of the successful operation of the Washoe County School District (“District”), and a transparent relationship with the community. Evaluation is a valuable tool in establishing and carrying out the goals of any institution. The primary objective of the evaluation of the Superintendent is to ensure education excellence through effective governance and management of the school system, and to ensure that District policies and procedures are followed to the satisfaction of the Board of Trustees.

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  • Policy 9081, Formative Monitoring of the Superintendent and Strategic Goals

    Policy 9081, Formative Monitoring of the Superintendent and Strategic Goals

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) and Superintendent form a team and therefore it is critical that the Board monitor its own Balanced Governance Model Goals and Standards in conjunction with the Superintendent’s activities. In many cases, the Superintendent is responsible for ensuring that the Board Balanced Governance Model Standards are implemented throughout the Washoe County School District (“District”) organization and so combining both the Superintendent Formative Evaluation and the Board Governance Evaluation monitoring into the single schedule is helpful to ensure coalesced effort and coordination toward achieving the District Values, Mission, Vision, Strategic Goals, and Balanced Governance Model Standards.

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  • Policy 9082, Continuity Of District Daily Operations And Succession Planning For the Superintendent

    Policy 9082, Continuity Of District Daily Operations And Succession Planning For the Superintendent

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) understands the importance of succession planning whereby Washoe County School District (“District”) Leadership will be in place to provide for effective day-to-day operations should the superintendent be absent through an emergency, short-term, or permanent leave. Such forward thinking planning supports organizational stability and sustainability by ensuring there is an established process to meet replace the superintendent, either permanently or temporarily. Recognizing that changes in staffing are inevitable, the Board has established this superintendent succession planning process to provide continuity in staffing and avoid extended and costly vacancies in the position.

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  • Policy 9085, Delegation to the Superintendent

    Policy 9085, Delegation to the Superintendent

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) believes in the concept of balance in the roles of the Board and the Superintendent as described in the Balanced Governance Model. As such, the Board engages in informed oversight through the development of policy and the monitoring of progress on Strategic Goals, but delegates the implementation of all policies and management of the Washoe County School District (“District”) to the Superintendent.

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  • Policy 9088, Trustee / Superintendent Relations

    Policy 9088, Trustee / Superintendent Relations

    This policy documents the working relationship between the Board of Trustees and the superintendent,.

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  • Policy 9090, Student Performance Growth

    Policy 9090, Student Performance Growth

    The vision for the Washoe County School District (“District”) is for every child to graduate college and highly-skilled career ready. To achieve this vision, persistent gaps in learning between student groups must be closed. Moreover, the District’s schools must reach high standards of excellence that can only be accomplished through a central focus on our core business, teaching and learning. Similarly, the primary focus of central services must be to support schools in carrying out this core function.
    Milestones identified in the District’s Strategic Plan serve to establish the system-wide performance expectations. To fulfill our promise to our students we must hold ourselves jointly accountable for reaching our agreed to performance expectations. And as a system we must celebrate when we are successful in this endeavor and we must take corrective action when we are less than successful.

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  • Policy 9100, Committees of the Board of Trustees

    Policy 9100, Committees of the Board of Trustees

    The Board of Trustees supports the use of committees to advise the Board and provide a perspective which may differ from that of staff regarding educational programs, safety, operations, financial reporting, maintenance, and supporting services. The work of committees helps to ensure programs and other services are relevant to address current standards; meet the needs of students and parents/guardians; and have appropriate resources to support high quality student outcomes. This policy and any associated governing documents shall establish the guidelines for the creation and operation of advisory committees for the purpose of collecting input on specific topics of concern raised by the public or needs identified by the Board of Trustees, to include committees required by state law.

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  • Policy 9110, Meeting Protocols

    Policy 9110, Meeting Protocols

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) is the policy-making body of the Washoe County School District (“District”) and the Board Meeting is the forum in which the District’s business is officially transacted. The primary purpose of the Board meeting is to create policy and to give directives to the Superintendent, who is responsible for the execution of policy and for all administrative and operational details. This policy shall set the procedures related to meetings of the Board of Trustees, to include the preparation of meeting agendas, order of business, quorum, voting and minutes.

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  • Policy 9115, Meetings of the Board of Trustees

    Policy 9115, Meetings of the Board of Trustees

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) believes the work of the Washoe County School District (“District”) is strengthened when done with full transparency and trust of the community. The Board welcomes the attendance of all members of the community - students, staff, parents, and the general public - at all of its public meetings. This policy will outline the way in which this will be accomplished.

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  • Policy 9150, Chief Auditor - Organizational Independence

    Policy 9150, Chief Auditor - Organizational Independence

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) shall employ a Chief Auditor to direct the Department of Internal Audit. The Chief Auditor shall report functionally to the Board, with oversight by the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees, and administratively to the Superintendent. This organizational independence shall provide an objective and unbiased view of the activities affecting the Washoe County School District (“District”).

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  • Policy 9155, Audit Committee

    Policy 9155, Audit Committee

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) utilizes an Audit Committee to assist in fulfilling the Board’s oversight responsibilities relating to the Washoe County School District’s (“District”) financial, operational and other activities, internal control processes, and compliance with laws, Board policies, procedures, regulations, and ethics.

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  • Policy 9165, Legal Counsel

    Policy 9165, Legal Counsel

    The Board of Trustees recognizes that the complex legal environment in which the Washoe County School District (“District”) operates requires reliable and dependable legal advice. The use of legal counsel is necessary to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and Board Policies, and to improve the operations of the District. This policy establishes the guidelines under which the District shall employ and utilize “in-house” legal counsel to represent the District, and under which the District may also employ outside private legal counsel for particular matters, and under which the Board may employ independent “Board Counsel.”

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  • Policy 9170, Internal Audit Department

    Policy 9170, Internal Audit Department

    Through this policy, the Board of Trustees (“Board”) establishes the authority of the Internal Audit Department of the Washoe County School District (“District”). The Board recognizes internal auditing is an independent and objective assurance and consulting activity that is guided by a philosophy of adding value to improve operations. The Internal Audit Department assists the District in accomplishing its objectives by bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the organization’s governance, risk management, and internal control.

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  • Policy 9200, Harassment and Discrimination Prohibited

    Policy 9200, Harassment and Discrimination Prohibited

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) is committed to providing safe and respectful environments within its schools, buses and other facilities, and at Washoe County School District (“District”) sponsored events. Staff, students, and visitors shall be safe and free from harassment and discrimination; programs and services shall be developed and maintained that ensure equitable access; and diversity shall be valued as a contributing factor to successful academic and personal outcomes. The District is committed to identifying and correcting practices and policies that perpetuate negative beliefs and behaviors. This commitment includes the actions and behaviors of students, faculty and staff, coaches and volunteers, families, and other visitors to District facilities. Such behavior must not be allowed to contribute to opportunity gaps or create barriers to success.

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  • Policy 9210, Equity and Diversity

    Policy 9210, Equity and Diversity

    The Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of creating conditions for learning that ensure equity of access to the full range of learning opportunities available for all students in its care. The Board believes appreciating individual human diversity, developing a capacity for the collective pursuit of cultural competence, and committing to day-to-day equity and inclusion will enable the District to fulfill its mission. The District will adopt procedures intended to achieve a diverse and equitable school community inclusive of, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, language, culture, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual beliefs, age, and physical and learning abilities. The Board of Trustees recognizes the growing diversity of cultures in the District and commits itself to ensuring that all aspects of policies, regulations, practices, programs, and services promote equity and understanding and appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity.

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  • Policy 9215, Creating and Maintaining a Positive Culture and Climate

    Policy 9215, Creating and Maintaining a Positive Culture and Climate

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) is committed to the ideal that every person who enters a school or other property, or attends an event of the Washoe County School District (“District”) shall be welcomed and treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect. While students are the primary recipient of the services of the District, staff and volunteers, parents/guardians and family members, and the community are all partners in creating a positive culture and climate by setting the example for the students of Washoe County and in providing them the preparation, education, and social development necessary to be successful and productive adults. The Board and Superintendent recognize the importance of creating and maintaining a positive and respectful culture and climate that ensures all individuals are treated with civility. Compassion, understanding, and acceptance of the diverse nature of the people of the Washoe County community are a top priority in the District and all individuals shall be treated promptly, with courtesy, respect, and dignity.

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  • Policy 9400, Financial Auditing of the School District

    Policy 9400, Financial Auditing of the School District

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”), as the governing body of the Washoe County School District (“District” or “WCSD”), is committed to its role of responsible financial stewardship. Through the use of financial audit, the District shall ensure objective, independent examinations of the District’s financial statements to provide reasonable assurance that the financial statements present fairly the financial position of the District.

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Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web-Accessibility

  • The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation in any of its educational programs/activities, employment, and employment opportunities.  For the District's full Notice of Non-Discrimination statement as well as methods to address questions and concerns please visit our Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility page.

    For more information, visit the Civil Rights Compliance Department page.