CCSDs Open Book is recognized by U.S. Dept. of Education
In our effort to make the Clark County School District (CCSD) more transparent and accountable, last week we unveiled the “Open Book” portal on our website. Through the Open Book portal, the public can access the current budget and see how CCSD allocates its resources. The site features a Departmental Analysis Tool and a Budget Comparison Tool so the public can access the inner workings of the District and see how we allocate scarce resources.
We have also taken it a step further and provided a link for members of the community to submit an email with their ideas for cost savings. I would encourage you to submit your ideas, as well. While our state has made some progress in terms of an economic recovery, the budget prospects for fiscal years 2013-14 are still a long way from the almost $600 million that has been cut during the past five years, so we need to make every dollar count.
Feedback is an important tool in making the District more efficient and transparent. The initial feedback we have received from the likes of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and U.S. Senator Harry Reid has been very supportive. Our Open Book portal has been recognized throughout the community and by the official U.S. Department of Education blog.
In his January 17 blog, Joe Barison from the U.S. Department of Education highlights our Open Book portal and provides the link to the site so other school districts can see how we continue to work with our community. I hope you will take some time to visit the site and provide your feedback through the guest portal feature.