• Superintendent Search:

    This page was created to keep our community informed during the process of finding the next Superintendent of Schools for the Washoe County School District (WCSD) and to ensure that opportunities for community input are available to all stakeholders.

    As part of the search process, on January 9, 2024 the Board of Trustees approved the official job description.  Washoe County School District - Meeting Information (diligent.community)

    The search process is anticipated to take several months, with the goal of selecting a new superintendent by mid-May 2024. The Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet May 14 to discuss a selection.

Superintendent Selected

  • Now that the Board of Trustees has selected Joseph M. Ernst, M.Ed., and the Employment Agreement has been approved, Mr. Ernst will assume the role of Superintendent of Schools on Monday, July 8, 2024.  Click Joseph M. Ernst, M.Ed. name to learn more about him.

    May 14, 2024 Superintendent Finalist Selected (News Release) 

  •  Joseph M. Ernst, M.Ed.

    Joseph M. Ernst, M.Ed.

    Mr. Ernst currently serves as the Chief Continuous Improvement Officer for the Washoe County School District, a position he has held since 2021.  Before his current role, he served WCSD since 1996 as a Co-Lead Area Superintendent, Elementary School Principal, Assistant Principal, and Elementary School Teacher.  Prior to working in WCSD Mr. Ernst taught elementary school in Michigan.

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Stakeholder Report

  • Download a copy of the Stakeholder Summary Feedback Report
    The report includes a summary of responses from online survey submissions gathered from WCSD Stakeholders between February 8 and February 26, 2024, and a summary of one-on-one conversations with members of the WCSD Executive Leadership Team (ELT).   In total, 545 online survey responses were received and nine (9) ELT members participated in scheduled individual conversations. McPherson & Jacobson, LLC research and data collection partner K12 Insight managed the survey platform, data collection, and provided initial item analysis.