Las Vegas City Schools board member Patrick Romero wanted the public to take part in questioning of prospective superintendents at a future public forum, but members Phillip Vigil and Ramon “Swoops” Montao said no to that idea.
Before the vote on the process for a procedure of hiring a superintendent, Vigil said, “I don’t mind the public being there while we interview them, but that’s the board’s job.”
Montao agreed with Vigil and immediately called for a vote on the procedure that would exclude public input. Romero was the lone no vote.
“After we select the finalists, I personally want the public to be able to have input at that point and ask questions of the candidates,” Romero said. “The other people are saying, ‘Oh no, we’re the ones that want to do that.’ I don’t believe in that, and it’s bad enough that we don’t have much shared governance right now. Whereas, if we get the public involved in final interviews of the candidates, we will all have a better feel for it,” Romero said.
A public forum has been set for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Middle School. This meeting will focus on the procedures and what the public is looking for in a new superintendent.
The board also voted to begin advertising for the position statewide and set a deadline of April 11 to receive applications.
The board will meet during a special board meeting at 5 p.m. April 14 to screen applications.
Finally, the board will meet with the finalists at a date to be determined to discuss employment with the Las Vegas City Schools district and will vote during an open meeting on the preferred candidate and terms of the contract.