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CCSD deputy superintendent elevated to interim role

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CCSD Board members met to work out particulars of its superintendent search. (Azenith Smith/FOX5) CCSD Board members met to work out particulars of its superintendent search. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)
CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones is slated to leave his post on March 22. (FOX5 FILE) CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones is slated to leave his post on March 22. (FOX5 FILE)
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It's being called one of the most important decisions for students in the Valley. On Thursday, the Clark County Board of Trustees named Pat Skorkowsky as the new interim superintendent. Skorkowsky is in his 25th year with the district. He beat out two other internal candidates for the position that was left vacant after current Superintendent Dwight D. Jones last week announced he is stepping down.

For the last year, Skorkowsky has worked alongside Jones as the deputy superintendent. Some of the reasons why the trustees appointed Skorkowsky included his pledge to keep students moving forward, to support teachers and work with Nevada Legislature. 

With a unanimous vote, the Clark County School board named Pat Skorkowsky to lead the Clark County School District until a permanent superintendent is chosen. While his title is "interim," Skorkowsky will have the same duties, responsibilities and authority Jones had. 

"I think my first priority is to keep the momentum going and to keep us moving forward as a district," Skorkowsky said.  

The Oklahoma native is no stranger to the district or its problems. He climbed the ranks from teacher to principal to deputy superintendent. He said his biggest challenge will be bringing the community together as it deals with school overcrowding and tension over teacher pay. 

"Teachers are the backbone of this district," said Skorkowsky. "What they do in that classroom matters the most because they are the ones who are in the classroom every day. We've got to support the teachers better. We have to work hard to ensure they have the tools for success." 

Skorkowsky's leadership could be a test for the permanent superintendent position. Skorkowsky dodged the question on if he plans to apply and said his focus is on the students. 

"With all the support from the district, we are going to move forward. We are going to see success and we will continue the focus on the students in the classroom," he said.  

One of those students is fifth-grader Sam Schumacher who spoke at the Clark County School Board meeting. She said that regardless of who applies for the job, she wants one thing. 

"I want someone who actually cares," said Schumacher. "I want someone who knows what we want. I want to go to good schools. I want to go to a good college. I want to have a good superintendent who makes our schools better."

Jones' last day with the district will be March 22.  

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