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CCSD superintendent partly blaming budget deficit on marijuana tax money distribution

On Thursday, during remarks to the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Pat Skorkowsky blamed part of the problem on an unfair distribution of Nevada’s marijuana tax money. (KSNV)

The leader of the Clark County School District is deflecting responsibility for the massive $60 million budget deficit.

On Thursday, during remarks to the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Pat Skorkowsky blamed part of the problem on an unfair distribution of Nevada’s marijuana tax money.

“Money that is created here in Southern Nevada is now literally going to counties who will never have a dispensary within their county lines,” he said.

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Last month, as CCSD’s budget troubles were emerging publicly, Skorkowsky announced plans to retire in June 2018. Since then, the leaders of two labor unions have asked him to resign.

“I'm not going anywhere. I am here to stay. I've got nine and half more months to make a difference,” says Skorkowsky.

While Skorkowsky blames the deficit on funding problems, trustee Carolyn Edwards has suggested blame lies with the district’s board, however, she stopped short of asking the superintendent to step down.

“I don't think we have grounds to terminate him. If we were to terminate him, we would have to buy out his contract,” Edwards said.

Skorkowsky earns a base salary of $264,000 annually and is the person ultimately responsible for the finances of the nation’s fifth largest school district.

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