Chief Academic Officer
Washoe County School District (NV)
Scott Bailey is the Chief Academic Officer of the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada. With approximately 63,000 students, the Washoe County School District is the second largest school district in Nevada. Mr. Bailey’s leadership experience in the WCSD also includes service as a school principal and a district performance director. In these roles, Mr. Bailey was involved in the development and deployment of the District’s nationally-recognized strategic plan, which included collaborative efforts with local college and university faculty in lowering remediation rates. Under the strategic plan, the WCSD has made tremendous progress in student achievement. In just two years, the District moved the graduation mark from 56 to 70 percent.
Before coming to Nevada, Scott was a third grade teacher in Joplin, Missouri. Upon accepting a position with the Clark County School District (CCSD) as a reading specialist in 1992, Mr. Bailey relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. In the CCSD, Mr. Bailey taught all grades K – 6, and served as a school administrator for 15 years. In 2005, Mr. Bailey was extended the opportunity to open a new school, and went on to earn the distinction of Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year. Among numerous senatorial, gubernatorial, and congressional recognitions for excellence in educational service over the years, Mr. Bailey was appointed to the Baldrige Board of Examiners by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
Additionally, Mr. Bailey has taught graduate level courses for Nova Southeastern University, and spent several years learning corporate structures as a part-time cast member at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Mr. Bailey is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt by the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and holds two FEMA certificates in emergency response. Mr. Bailey has a proven track record of successfully embedding these “outside the box” experiences into various school improvement initiatives. He is currently participating in a national Common Core State Standards Black Belt certification program.