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April 21, 2015

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Final paycheck: CCSD pays Dwight Jones $55,000 upon exit


Paul Takahashi

Clark County Schools Superintendent Dwight Jones answers questions today from media about his resignation, which he announced via email Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Jones reiterated that he was leaving to take care of his ailing mother. School board member Deanna Wright is at right.

Former Clark County Schools Superintendent Dwight Jones received $55,254 when he left Las Vegas last month, the Sun learned Monday.

In early March, Jones unexpectedly announced his resignation to care for his elderly mother in Dallas. The School Board approved Jones' two-week notice, which was less than the 90-day notice mandated by his contract.

Jones — who was paid a daily rate of $1,093 — requested his contracted vacation and sick leave pay from the district. Jones did not have a "golden parachute," or additional payout in his contract, district officials said.

Jones had 24 days of unused vacation pay — worth $26,235 — and 22 days of unused sick leave pay — worth $24,049, officials said.

In addition to his vacation and sick leave pay, Jones was reimbursed $354 for mileage on his car, and $198 in a "professional expense" stipend, which goes to pay for off-hour school events.

Jones also received $4,418 for working days that were not paid out during the previous pay period. His final day with the School District was on March 22.

Jones' final paycheck fell in the middle of those received by previous Clark County superintendents during the past decade.

Walt Rulffes, who served the district five years, received $151,955 when he left CCSD about three years ago. His predecessor Carlos Garcia, who also served the district five years, received $38,581 when he left.

As the former superintendent of the nation's fifth-largest school district, Jones was paid a base annual salary of $270,000, but received about $396,000 a year including benefits, according to

Jones was the first of two major resignations in Nevada education last month.

State Superintendent Jim Guthrie resigned on Friday, declining to give a reason for his abrupt departure. Guthrie was appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval about one year ago, and served at his pleasure.

Guthrie was an "unclassified employee" and did not have a contract with the state, state officials said Monday. In his final paycheck, Guthrie will receive about $6,600 for 114 hours of unused "annual leave" pay, officials said.

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  1. The public who reads or hears about this public school employee making over $1,093 a day, are very likely to be concerned, when you compare a daily rate of $150 for a teacher.

    Over the years, our society has shifted its values and politics. We must continue to evaluate whether or where we are getting our money's worth, just as we would decide if a particular program is meeting our expectations and needs.

    Good luck and God speed, Mr. Jones.

    Blessings and Peace,

  2. I'm laughing because the school superintendent in another locale I read news on has left for health issues.....

    Aka he wanted to quit and couldn't come up with a better excuse.

    Time to hire someone local who will stay the course.

  3. Meanwhile, those of us that work in the real world get 5-8 days of sick leave and 10-15 days of vacation annually.

    I think if you're a contracted employee and you break your contract you should be entitled to jack squat when you depart.