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August 4, 2015

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New superintendent says administration should be held accountable

Dwight Jones

Dwight Jones

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Dwight Jones, the incoming Clark County school superintendent, said in his first formal press conference that the main message parents need to take away from his administration is that "they ought to hold us accountable and that their kids are going to be Job One."

He added a basketball analogy for personal commitment: "We have to have skin in the game. It's hard work."

But Jones, who is currently Colorado's commissioner of education, largely confined himself to generalities like "challenges" and "collaboration" and "transparency."

"If I had all the answers," Jones said, "I'd be selling a book."

When asked how he would raise the district's graduation rate, which is, depending on certain measures, as low as 50 percent, Jones declined to be specific.

"I'm still digging into the data," Jones said. "I want to get clear as to what is our graduation rate."

As far as staffing, he said, "there are no set decisions."

Jones's start date is Dec. 15 and his last day of work in Denver is Dec. 13. He plans to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Las Vegas.

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