Service Level Agreements
Assembly Bill 469 requires the Clark County School District to allocate at least 85 percent of unrestricted funds to school strategic budget workbooks for the 2018-2019 school year and prescribes that the Board of School Trustees must approve any authority transferred to schools to carry out responsibilities.
On October 26, 2017, the Board of School Trustees approved the transfer of responsibilities for ensuring a clean, well-maintained learning environment and school technology support and compliance.
In addition, on January 11, 2018, the Board of School Trustees approved the transfer of responsibilities for carrying out selected centrally-funded, school-allocated instructional, operational, and ancillary services through the service level agreement (SLA) process and the transfer of funds to school strategic budget workbooks. For the 2018-2019 school year, schools will continue to purchase these services from District Central Services using their strategic budget workbook allocation.
Principals are responsible for ensuring the legal, regulatory, and/or administratively directed minimum requirements of a responsibility transferred to them through the SLAs by the Board of School Trustees are met.
Central Services are responsible for identifying, articulating, and providing the minimum services to schools with detailed costs for the delivered services to schools.
The implementation of the SLA process will result in the following outcomes:
- Allocation of at least 85% of unrestricted funds to schools.
- Costs to schools for services no higher than costs to the District.
Knowledge and Transparency
- Accurate account of services purchased from the District by schools.
- Accurate account of the cost of services purchased from the District by schools.
Opportunity for Action
- Mechanisms for principals and SOTs to seek additional school autonomies.
- Ability to have critical conversations between principals, central services, and the Board of Trustees about services.
Mitigation of Risks
- Board authority to mitigate risk of job loss.
- Documentation of specific requirements of responsibilities and detailed costs of services before seeking alternative methods/providers.
SLAs were developed within Central Services with the input of small groups of principals. Once developed, all SLAs were provided to all principal for the purpose of collecting feedback and input from stakeholders. Principals were asked to review SLAS for the following four main elements:
- Structure and readability.
- Sufficiency of described services to meet minimum requirements.
- Alignment between current practices and described services.
- Alignment between cost/value of service provided to schools and the method for allocating funds.
Principals were asked to consider the following when reviewing draft SLAs:
- The 2018-2019 SLAs should reflect current practice. Discussions for desired changes may take place during year two.
- Allocation methodologies for individual SLAs attempt to capture the specific cost to provide service to each school. When the specific cost to provide a service is not possible, funds are allocated on an average per school or per pupil cost. Work is progressing with the Nevada Department of Education to ensure neither schools nor the District are penalized for the restrictions to anticipate costs in advance.
SLAs for the 2018-2019 school year were reviewed, revised, finalized, and released by July 16, 2018.
SLAs for the 2019-2020 school year will be reviewed, revised, finalized, and released by January 15, 2019, in alignment with the release of estimated school allocations. The following anticipated timeline will guide the work with stakeholders: