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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Carson City School District Board of Trustees on Monday night directed the Nevada Association of School Boards to begin advertising its superintendent’s position.
Superintendent Richard Stokes previously announced his retirement for June 2022, leaving the seat open for the first time after nearly 30 years. Carson City makes one of at least three active district superintendent searches occurring in Nevada, with Washoe and Clark counties also seeking to fill their top posts.
The board’s special meeting on Monday was led by hosting firm NASB Executive Director Debb Oliver, who began by reviewing results from the community survey, held Oct. 27 to Nov. 5, seeking feedback on desired characteristics in the school district’s search for the incoming superintendent.
Results showed 339 responses were received in English and 13 responses were received in Spanish. Based on the English survey, approximately 59.2% have lived within the district for more than 10 years and 19.9% for five to 10 years.
Oliver said “integrity” emerged as the top trait written in among a list of important leadership or personal qualities, including “accountable, community involvement, clear communicator, caring, common sense, creative thinker, decision maker/decisive, dedicated to the values of the work, educational leader, fiscally responsible, high integrity, high expectations, honest, listener, moral, patient, proactive and responsive.”
She then asked the board members to whittle down their top three qualities from the survey results for candidates to better understand what they sought in their sole employee. The board also laid out minimum qualifications, including a master’s or advanced degree, cumulative educational leadership as a superintendent, principal or district office or comparative leadership and experience with labor and bargaining groups, among others.
“This is a district that is growing rapidly,” Trustee Mike Walker said. “This person is going to have to be a community leader.”
Determining the position’s salary, however, became a major point of discussion and would be defined as more than a number for CCSD’s chief executive officer. Board members mulled over an appropriate range that is viable for the district’s budget and reputation as a high-achieving performer in the Silver State.
They also worried any potential range could detract from applicants’ interest since historically, Nevada’s salaries remain relatively low compared to others in the nation. Stokes has been receiving $178,000 plus benefits, but that follows a nine-year history of going without a pay increase, at his request, Trustee Laurel Crossman told the Appeal on Tuesday.
“It wasn’t huge, but it demonstrates his ability and his willingness to give back to the district,” she said.
Stokes began with the Carson City School District as human resources director in July 2001 and became its superintendent for its 2008-09 school year. In his top position, he started with a salary of $126,000. District Chief Financial Officer Andrew Feuling said it was frozen for the next five years and he then received a 1% pay increase in 2014-15, then had another freeze until 2017-18. Crossman said former board President Ron Swirczek asked through the board’s public meetings to give Stokes a raise through a three-year contract with incremental increases.
“He was starting a new contract at that point and with that contract, the board recognized his salary was not in any way comparable any local superintendent because it hadn’t changed in eight years, so then that year they bumped it to $168,000,” Feuling said.
When Walker became president, Stokes would continue working and his salary slowly has gone up to about $178,000.
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