Barbara Clark (Nevada)
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Clark holds a B.A. from the University of California-San Diego and a J.D. from Western State University School of Law. She is a former president and head lobbyist for the Nevada State Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Clark currently serves as chair for the Nevada Advisory Council on Family Engagement. She has two adult children and one grandchild.
Incumbent John R. Mayer ran unopposed for the District B seat in the general election on November 4, 2014. Barbara Clark sought re-election to the District C seat against Nick Smith. Jim Shaw and Veronica Frenkel competed for the District F seat held by Estela Gutierrez.
While Mayer was returned to his seat by default, incumbent Clark was defeated by challenger Smith and Frenkel narrowly defeated Shaw.
|Washoe County School District, District C General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Barbara Clark Incumbent||35.7%||7,155|
|Source: Nevada Secretary of State, "Silver State 2014 Election Night Results," accessed December 29, 2014|
|Washoe County School District, District C Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Barbara Clark Incumbent||64%||4,797|
|Source: Nevada Secretary of State, "County Results Washoe," accessed October 13, 2014|
Clark did not receive any official endorsements in 2014.
|Washoe County School District, District C General Election, 4-year term, November 2, 2010|
|Nonpartisan||Barbara Clark Incumbent||72.8%||21,672|
|Source: Washoe County Registrar of Voters, "Election Results Information," accessed April 22, 2014|
When asked by the Reno Gazette-Journal why she was running for re-election, Clark stated, "in the past five years, I have worked hard to help achieve the successes we had seen in the school district. I want to continue on that path to go from a good school district to a great school district."
What was at stake?
Issues in the district
Graduation rate inflation
Washoe County School District's high school graduation rates were investigated by state officials following a significant jump in 2013. The district's graduation rate jumped by four percent in 2013, which contributed to an eight-percent increase for the state graduation rate. State officials worked with the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate the district's calculation of graduation rates. This evaluation found that the district excluded high school seniors who transferred into adult education programs without earning diplomas or earned high school equivalency degrees not considered diplomas when calculating graduation rates. Federal officials asked school administrators across the country to calculate graduation rates by following each freshman class through a four-year period. This policy was not strictly followed by state education officials, who allowed districts to exclude adult education students from the four-year graduation rate. The 2013 graduate rates will not be adjusted though the addition of omitted students in 2014 will likely contribute to a drop in graduation rates.
Superintendent Martinez & closed meetings
Several community efforts to recall all of the members of the board developed following controversies surrounding its dismissal and reinstatement of Superintendent Pedro Martinez. Martinez was accused of misrepresented himself as a certified public accountant, which he has denied. The board relieved him of his duties, but announced the following day that he was on paid leave. Shortly after, they told him to return to work immediately. The actions came under heavy criticism, in part, due to the fact that much of the decision making process was done in closed meetings. Some have posited that the move violated the Open Meeting Law.
About the district
- See also: Washoe County School District, Nevada
Washoe County School District is located in Reno, Nevada, the county seat of Washoe County. Washoe County is home to 433,731 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. Washoe County School District is the second-largest school district in Nevada, serving 64,740 students during the 2011-2012 school year.
Washoe County outperformed in comparison to the rest of Nevada in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.8 percent of Washoe County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.2 percent for Nevada as a whole. The median household income in Washoe County was $53,994 compared to $54,083 for the state of Nevada. The poverty rate in Washoe County was 14.7 percent compared to 14.2 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
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- Washoe County Registrar of Voters, "General Election Summary Report," accessed November 5, 2014
- Washoe County School District, "Meet the Trustees," accessed April 23, 2014
- Nevada Secretary of State, "Nevada Contributions & Expenditures," accessed October 13, 2014
- Reno Gazette-Journal, "After superintendent ouster, more eyes on school board races," October 13, 2014
- Reno Gazette-Journal, "Data change could affect Washoe and Nevada graduation numbers," April 20, 2014
- RGJ, "Martinez sues Washoe County School District, trustees," July 26, 2014
- RGJ, "Reading to recalls: 10 things to watch this school year in Washoe," August 6, 2014
- RGJ, "Future of Pedro Martinez, school board unknown," August 2, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Washoe County, Nevada," accessed April 22, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Washoe County Registrar of Voters, "Precincts within Districts," April 18, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
|2014 Washoe County School District Elections|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||District B: • John R. Mayer|
Candidates defeated in the primary: • Carlos Cardoso • Valerie Bourquin-Brown • Ronald A. King • Rick Saake • John Wynn
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|