|Board member, Clark County Board of Trustees, District D|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||June 10, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Nevada State Board of Education|
|Associate's||College of Southern Nevada|
|Bachelor's||Nevada State College|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 What's at stake?
- 4 About the district
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Corbett holds degrees from the College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College. He has been a program coordinator with the YMCA of Southern Nevada, a private school teacher and an academic adviser with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Corbett currently works as a consultant with local businesses and government agencies. He and his wife, Lydia, have three children currently attending district schools.
The November 4, 2014 general election ballot features three races for the Clark County Board of Education. Incumbent Stavan Corbett will face Kevin Child in the District D race. The District F race includes incumbent Carolyn Edwards and challenger Ralph Krauss. District G incumbent Erin E. Cranor is running for re-election against Joe Spencer.
|Clark County School District, District D Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Stavan Corbett Incumbent||36.5%||2,598|
|Source: Nevada Secretary of State, "County Results Clark," accessed June 11, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.|
Corbett has not received any official endorsements as of April 23, 2014.
What's at stake?
Issues in the election
State ethics investigation
Local resident and District G candidate Joe Spencer filed complaints against four board members to the Nevada Commission on Ethics in late 2013. Spencer claimed that Erin E. Cranor, Linda Young, Chris Garvey and Deanna Wright used district resources to support a property tax increase in 2012. The complaints included emails sent by district secretaries asking for volunteers to promote a $669 million tax measure that was ultimately defeated. State law allows board members to advocate for ballot measures but they are not allowed to use district personnel or resources for advocacy. Spencer also filed a complaint against school district attorney Carlos McDade with the State Bar of Nevada for his approval of the advocacy emails that has not been resolved as of April 23, 2014. The Nevada Commission on Ethics ruled on February 21, 2014 that Cranor's actions did not "willfully violate" state law and no penalty was issued.
Spencer's ethics complaints echoed a similar complaint filed by Ken Small against board member Carolyn Edwards in 2013. The ethics commission was scheduled to hold a hearing in November 2013 but ended the investigation with an undisclosed settlement after McDade's role in approving the advocacy emails became clear.
Issues in the district
ACLU lawsuit over bullying incidents
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada has filed lawsuit on behalf of two Clark County parents related to bullying incidents at Greenspun Junior High School in 2011. The lawsuit filed with the Eighth Judicial District Court in April 2014 claims that the district failed to address frequent harassment of two 13-year old boys who attended the school. Parents Mary Bryan and Aimee Hairr claim that their sons were physically harmed and verbally harassed in their band class between August 2011 and February 2012. Bryan argues that she attempted to work with the school starting in September 2011 to protect her son but received no response from the principal, band instructor or counselor. Hairr also attempted to contact the district regarding attacks against her son but claims that the district failed to remedy the issue. Bryan and Hairr ultimately removed their students from the school in February 2012 after the district failed to develop appropriate safety measures. The ACLU lawsuit argues that the district violated the equal protection rights of both students.
The lawsuit by Bryan and Hairr followed the suicide of Hailee Lamberth on December 12, 2013. Lamberth was a student at White Middle School who was harassed by a fellow student only a few weeks before committing suicide. Hailee's father, Jason, was not told about the bullying incidents and only learned the details when he requested her student records. The ACLU case and the story of Hailee Lamberth both feature academic manager Andre Long. Long has been blamed by Lamberth for his failure to provide adequate information prior to his daughter's suicide. Bryan suggested that Long failed to follow through on promises to provide assistance after bullying incidents.
State investigation into cheating
The Nevada Department of Education conducted a two-year investigation into allegations of cheating on state tests by employees of Matt Kelly Elementary School. These allegations stemmed from a significant jump in proficiency scores by students at Kelly Elementary between 2011 and 2012. The state's findings published in April 2014 found that the district failed to maintain accurate records of personnel responsible for test administration in 2012. District officials were also criticized for failure to conduct a more rigorous investigation of test irregularities. Score results from 2012 have been invalidated and district administrators will conduct testing at Kelly Elementary in 2014. The district has responded by placing Associate Superintendent Andre Denson and two school administrators on indefinite paid leave pending review of the report.
Graduation rate inflation
Clark 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 10 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 adjusted rate for 2013 would likely be at least three percent less than the inflated rate, according to state officials. 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.
About the district
- See also: Clark County School District, Nevada
Nevada students in grades three through eight complete Criterion Referenced Tests (CRT) each year to determine proficiency in math and reading. Clark County School District fell below the state average for meeting or exceeding math standards in four out of six grade levels. District schools only surpassed state averages for meeting or exceeding reading standards among fourth-grade students. The district also fell below state standards for science testing among students in grades five and eight.
Clark County School District's total budget for the 2013-2014 school year was $3.2 billion. This was the largest operating budget for any school district in Nevada. The district spent 67.2 percent of its budget on staff expenses, 15.1 percent on debt service, 8.5 percent on student services, 8.3 percent on operational expenses and 1 percent on miscellaneous expenses.
Clark County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Nevada in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.1 percent of Clark 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 Clark County was $54,218 compared to $54,083 for the state of Nevada. The poverty rate in Clark County was 14.2 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, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Stavan + Corbett + Clark + County + School + District + Nevada"
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- Clark County School District profile
- Campaign website
- Campaign Facebook page
- LinkedIn profile
- Twitter profile
- Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Clark County School Board appoints new member," December 5, 2013
- LinkedIn, "Stavan Corbett," accessed April 23, 2014
- Friends for Stavan Corbett, "About," accessed April 23, 2014
- Nevada Secretary of State, "Nevada Contributions & Expenditures," accessed May 21, 2014
- Nevada Commission on Ethics, "Stipulated Agreement," February 21, 2014
- Las Vegas Review-Journal, "2 more Clark County School Board members face ethics complaints," January 16, 2014
- Las Vegas Review-Journal, "CCSD sued over allegations of bullying at Henderson school," April 29, 2014
- Las Vegas Sun, "State investigation finds cheating at Las Vegas elementary school," April 16, 2014
- Las Vegas Review-Journal, "State corrects flaw that allowed graduation rate inflation," April 19, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Clark County, Nevada," accessed April 22, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Nevada Department of Education, "Graphical Summary Report: CRT," accessed April 24, 2014
- Clark County School District, "2013-2014 Comprehensive Annual Budget Report," accessed November 25, 2013
- Clark County Registrar of Voters, "Home," accessed April 22, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Clark County School District Elections|
|Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||District D: • Kevin Child • Stavan Corbett |
Candidates defeated in primary: • Wesley Cornwell • Charles Ware • Ileetha J. Groom • Ira Kimball •
|Important information:||What's at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|