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Barbara Clark (Nevada)

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Barbara Clark
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Board member, Washoe County Board of Trustees, District C
Former member
Term ends
November 2014
Board President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2006
Next generalN/A
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of California-San Diego
J.D.Western State University School of Law
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Barbara Clark represents District C on the Washoe County Board of Trustees in Nevada. She was first elected to the board in 2006. Clark and challenger Nick Smith defeated Carlos Cardoso in the primary election on June 10, 2014. Clark was defeated by Smith in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]


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.[2]



See also: Washoe County School District elections (2014)


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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNick Smith 64.3% 12,869
     Nonpartisan Barbara Clark Incumbent 35.7% 7,155
Total Votes 20,024
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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Clark Incumbent 64% 4,797
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNick Smith 25.2% 1,890
     Nonpartisan Carlos Cardoso 10.8% 806
Total Votes 7,493
Source: Nevada Secretary of State, "County Results Washoe," accessed October 13, 2014


Clark reported $1,500.00 in contributions and $0.00 in expenditures to the Nevada Secretary of State, leaving her campaign with $1,500.00 on hand as of June 5, 2014.[3]


Clark did not receive any official endorsements in 2014.


Washoe County School District, District C General Election, 4-year term, November 2, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Clark Incumbent 72.8% 21,672
     Nonpartisan Francey Dennis 27.2% 8,116
Total Votes 29,788
Source: Washoe County Registrar of Voters, "Election Results Information," accessed April 22, 2014

Campaign themes


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."[4]

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.[5]

Superintendent Martinez & closed meetings

See also: Washoe County School District recall, Nevada (2014)

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.[6][7][8]

About the district

Washoe County School District is located in Washoe County, Nevada
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.[9] Washoe County School District is the second-largest school district in Nevada, serving 64,740 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[10]


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.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race Washoe County (%) Nevada (%)
White 85.9 77.1
Black or African American 2.6 8.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.1 1.6
Asian 5.5 7.9
Two or More Races 3.2 3.8
Hispanic or Latino 23.0 27.3

Party registration, 2014[11]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 84,047
Democratic 79,826
Nonpartisan 37,985
Other 14,695
Total 216,522

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.[12][13]

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