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Acting CCSD superintendent named as search begins

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CCSD Superintendent Dwight D. Jones (FOX5 File) CCSD Superintendent Dwight D. Jones (FOX5 File)
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Clark County School District's deputy superintendent will step up to the top leadership role in the district after the resignation of Dwight Jones.

CCSD said Wednesday deputy superintendent Pat Skorkowsky will serve as acting superintendent while the district seeks the next person to the job.

CCSD noted an interim superintendent will possibly by appointed next Thursday.

Jones announced his stepping down from the position Tuesday evening, citing his mother's health as the reason for his departure. Jones is leaving after completing nearly half of his four year contract with CCSD.

According to the school district, Jones will remain until Friday, March 22.

In 2010, Jones was hired to replace retiring Walt Rulffes, who was on the job for five years. His current salary has him making $270,000 a year, according to CCSD.

Jones was left with the task of turning around classroom success rates in the nation's fifth largest district while also battling budget and labor issues during his time.

Parents, lawmakers and school officials met the news Tuesday mostly with frustration.

"It is disappointing, but for family reasons it's not as disappointing," parent Jasmine Solorzamo said. "Our children do need assistance in all ways and forms that they can have."

A user to the FOX5 Facebook page said the resignation was not exactly surprising given the rigors of the job.

"I'm not a bit surprised," said Facebook user Theresa. "This job is very difficult with many challenges. Let's pray that we can get someone in there that can make a difference."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, recognized Jones' leadership while tackling the many issues of the district,

"During his tenure, Dwight worked vigorously to steer the school district through challenging economic times and deep state budget cuts in education," Reid said. "It is unfortunate that Nevada continues to lose leaders of Dwight's caliber because of lack of support."

The School Board of Trustees is expected to discuss a transition plan that could include appointing a new superintendent or conducting a nationwide search for one.

A deputy superintendent will serve as acting superintendent until the position is filled or until an interim superintendent is appointed, according to district protocol.

On Tuesday, Jones issued the following statement to FOX5:

"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."

Stay with FOX5 for updates on this developing story.

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