Las Vegas, NV - April 28, 2017
Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction joined officials from the Clark County School District at Elaine Wynn Elementary School Friday to celebrate John Haynal, Franchise Principal at Wynn, Roundy and Vegas Verdes Elementary Schools being chosen to lead Nevada’s first Autonomy Schools.
The designation is a result of SB92, which passed during the 2015 legislative session. It grants school leaders who are found to be highly effective, certain flexibilities to accomplish school improvement goals. After an extensive external evaluation, Haynal met the criteria to lead his campuses in intense rapid school improvement programs.
Late last year, the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) announced its inaugural Shining Stars list comprised of either four or five-star schools according to the Nevada School Performance Framework or were in the Top 25 percent of the state on the Smarter Balanced Assessment or ACT serving a high percentage of students in poverty. Under Haynal’s leadership, Roundy made the Shining Star list and Vegas Verdes was recognized for making significant improvement as its students were in the Top 25 percent on Smarter Balanced performance and serve a high percentage of poverty students.
“The common denominator is John Haynal, who personifies the impact principals can have on a school,” Canavero said. “Roundy was one of nine schools in the state that made the Shining Stars list while Vegas Verdes made incredible strides.”
The Autonomy Schools focus is improving student performance. While Haynal will be given the authority to hire staff, set curriculum, and determine scheduling and instructional design, he will also be required to set benchmarks for student achievement goals that must be reached annually in order to maintain the designation. NDE will prioritize funding and support to ensure these schools meet these improvement goals.