(Las Vegas, NV) — Tuesday, Superintendent Dwight D. Jones announced he is ending his service as the head of the nation’s fifth-largest District due to a family illness.
This is a statement from Mr. Jones.
“I’m proud of this community and the hard work we have done. We have left a blueprint behind to guide the work further with the board’s support.
“In over two years we have established a new way of measuring achievement, transparently ranked our schools so we can target resources to the most need, seen graduation rates rise, and seen our community step up to take ownership of our schools in unprecedented ways. We are on our way to systematic change in Clark County that puts kids first and raises the bar for academic achievement.
“This community has and always will have a special place in my heart, but my family needs me now and I have a duty to respond. It’s not unlike the call we issue to our community daily – family is first, get involved. I now have to answer my own call.
“I thank the people of Clark County for their trust and support. I am honored to be a part of this hard and worthwhile work – I am leaving because I’m presented with a decision that I’ll never have the opportunity to make again – to spend time caring for my mother.
“My only request is that this good work not slow down. Those who support this work must stay the course. To our community, business and philanthropic partners – my message is clear: the education movement happening in Clark County is not about a Superintendent – it’s about you and your commitment to our students. I ask that you stay involved while we continue to see all that Clark County School District and our students can become.”
Mayor Carolyn Goodman released this statement regarding Jones’ departure.
“The departure of Dwight Jones is a huge loss for our community. In his brief tenure with the school district he has made huge strides to improve education in Southern Nevada. We wish his mother a speedy and strong recovery. She and Dwight have my very best wishes.” –Carolyn G. Goodman, Las Vegas Mayor.
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