RGJ will carry Kristen McNeill’s State of Education address here starting at 5:30
It will be Kristen McNeill’s second State of Education address, but her first since being named superintendent and the district’s first amid a pandemic.
Last year, when McNeill, gave her address, she touched on graduation rates, the number of students hit by cars and a balanced budget.
Back then she was still the interim after the school board ousted Superintendent Traci Davis in July 2019.
She would end her first State of Education address telling the audience to go home and hug their loved ones.
Her parting words came hours after the news that a 14-year old freshman at Damonte High School died by suicide and just weeks after two other students at the south Reno high school died from what is suspected to be drug-related causes.
It was Feb. 19, 2020. A month later, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak would shut down schools.
A month later in April, McNeill would officially be named the superintendent after the school board stopped its national search amid the pandemic.
She was praised by trustees for handling the district during the ousting of Davis and weeks into the shutdown of schools.
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