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School board reacts to superintendent's sudden resignation

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CCSD Superintendent Dwight D. Jones (FOX5 File) CCSD Superintendent Dwight D. Jones (FOX5 File)
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The deteriorating health of his elderly mother is the reason why Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones said he's stepping down. His resignation comes two years short of his contract. Jones publicly spoke about his resignation for the first time on Wednesday.

At Wednesday's Clark County School District Board meeting, Jones repeatedly said his decision to resign was a difficult and personal one. 

"Whether it's supporting my family or this job, I do it 100 percent," Jones said. "Right now my mother needs my full attention, and this isn't a part-time job." 

Jones is leaving the fifth largest school district as it struggles with overcrowded classrooms, lack of funding and low graduation rates. He admitted many of his school reforms are not complete. 

"I wish I could say I'm transitioning and the graduation rate is really where it ought to be," said Jones.  

School Board Trustee Deanna Wright said she's concerned about his sudden departure. 

"We have good people in place but it's a huge sense of loss," said Wright. "I feel like we've lost somebody who really was meant to be here and guide us here during this really tough time." 

School Board President Carolyn Edwards is optimistic the board can move Jones' agenda forward without him. She said they may consider a better compensation package to help retain the next superintendent. Jones' reported salary was $270,000 a year. 

"This is not easy," said Edwards. "He had a four-year contract. We hoped to have him for a minimal of four years and, frankly, at one point, we wanted to extend his contract." 

Jones said he doesn't have any jobs lined up and his family is his top priority. Deputy Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky will serve as the acting superintendent when Jones leaves on March 22.

The school board will hold a special meeting to discuss appointing a new superintendent next Thursday, March 14 at 9 a.m. at the Clark County District Education Center. The school board said that hiring a search firm during the last pursuit of a superintendent cost $50,000.

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