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Application and supporting documents for the naming of Mark L. Fine Elementary School, 2007






The application and supporting documents provide details about Mark Fine and his contributions to Clark County and Las Vegas, Nevada. There are letters of support from many members of the community, including his children and elected officials, and from leaders in religious groups, non-profit organizations and business enterprises.

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SCHOOL NAMING APPLICATION I. High School proposed name: Indicate why you feel this is a good name: II. ELEMENTARY: X JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE: III. PROPOSED NAME(S): Mark L. Fine Elementary School Year of b i r t h : City: State: Nominee's country of citizenship: United States of America Number of years in Clark County: 33 Occupation: Attach a comprehensive biography of the nominee(s) to the nomination form. The biography should include information that identifies the following: Years of service to public education Contributions to public education (other than employment) Quality and time of service to community Contribution to the development of the community/state Donations to the district without personal gain Other extraordinary circumstances See Attachment A - Letters of Support Please supply references f r om five individuals and include their names, addresses, and phone numbers. References may not be relatives of the nominee. See Attachment B - References Person(s) submitting application r x / . p. Sue Lowden Don Snyder / (^Jinii Steele Former President Chairman of tne Board President/CPO Friends of Las Vegas Academy The Smith Center for The Public Education Foundation 9004 Greensboro Lane the Performing Arts 3360 West Sahara, #160 Las Vegas, NV 89134 6725 Via Austi Pkwy Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702)429-4802 Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 799-1042 (702)982-7805 COMPREHENSIVE BIOGRAPHY OF MARK L. FINE Mark L. Fine has spent the last three deeades building communities. As a pioneer and leader of master-planned development, he has created places for families and children to live, work, play and learn. Mark has four children, all of whom attended our public schools. Quality of life has always been one of Mark's top priorities for valley families, and it is evident in everything he has done and continues to do. Whether developing communities designed with children and families in mind, getting involved in various educational endeavors, encouraging and financially supporting the growth of the arts, or contributing resources, leadership, and expertise to numerous charities, Mark's goal was, and is, to make Clark County a better place to live. MARK L. FINE - EDUCATIONAL CHAMPION Mark worked with Governor Richard Bryan to forge an alliance between the business and education communities. He was instrumental in the creation of the CCSD Business Partnership Program (now the School-Community Partnership Program) and served as its first Chairman. He played a key role in the development of the Focus School Project, matching at-risk schools one-on- one with businesses to provide additional resources to those schools. For many years, Mark served as a community leader on the District's Bond Oversight Committee and volunteered to participate in and support several CCSD Strategic Planning initiatives. Mark tirelessly worked to assist the District in successfully passing all of its Bond Initiatives in the past three decades - providing both corporate hinds and considerable personal time to garner public support. Mark has served as a board member and advisor for Clark County Public Education Foundation since its inception. When the Foundation was established in 1991, Mark was the very first business leader to come forth and support the Foundation with a generous donation of $250,000. These funds were used to enhance district-wide programs. Believing that schools are the heart of community, Mark worked closely with CCSD to provide land for schools throughout the Green Valley and Summerlin master plan, carefully planning for the community's future exponential growth and its need for schools. Each time a school opened in the Summerlin community during Mark's tenure, he provided funding for a "Coins for Computers" campaign in which The Howard Hughes Corporation matched funds raised by the students to underwrite enhanced technology at each new school. Today, Mark remains a champion of public education and serves on the board of directors oi the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. He recently committed $50,000 per year for the next three years as the business partner of the newly named Kermit Booker Empowerment School. Educational Highlights: . Chairman: University of Nevada Las Vegas Research Foundation . Vice Chairman, University of Nevada Las Vegas Foundation ? Current Advisory Board Member, The Public Education Foundation . Emeritus Member, Founder and First Chairman, Clark County School District Business Partnership . Founding Member of Governing Board, Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy . Former Board Member, Clark County School District Bond Oversight Committee ? Former Board Member and President, CLASS! Magazine ? Current Advisory Board Member, CLASS! Magazine MARK L. FINE - COMMUNITY BUILDER Mark moved to Southern Nevada in 1973, assuming a leadership position as president of American Nevada from 1974 - 1990. During that time, Mark guided the development and growth of Green Valley, Las Vegas' first large scale master-planned community rated as one ot the nation's fastest growing communities during Fine's tenure. His vision included three ot Las Vegas' most successful custom home communities - Quail Ridge Estates, The Fountains and Grand Legacy; more than one million square feet of office, industrial and retail space and major community amenities, including Legacy golf course and Green Valley Athletic Club, now known as Club Sport; and a public art program that features outdoor sculptures. These sculptures are part of the Green Valley community today and have become beloved icons. During his four-year tenure as president of the Summerlin division of The Howard Hughes Corporation in the early 1990s, Mark was responsible for launching Summerlin - the nation's premiere master-planned community that not only raised the bar for residential development in the Las Vegas Valley, but nationwide, as well. Today, Summerlin is a nationally recognized community and home to nearly 100,000 residents. Within Summerlin, Mark is responsible tor the custom home communities of Eagle Hills and Tournament Hills as well as the development and opening of Tournament Players Club at Summerlin, Nevada's first PGA Tour golf course and home of the Las Vegas Invitational, known today as Championship. Mark has also served as a strategic development advisor for additional Las Vegas master-planned communities, including Queensridge and Queensridge North developed by the Peccole family; and Mountains Edge, Cliffs Edge, Providence and Inspirada developed by Focus ^ Property Group. Mark was an active participant in the development of Park Towers, Las Vegas premier luxury high-rise condominium at Hughes Center. He was co-developer ot 1 he Shoppes at Canyon Pointe, a 25,000-square-foot in-line retail space at Canyon Pointe, a 600,000-square-foot community retail center in Summerlin; and developer of three Summerlin oftice and retail centers including Hills Center Business Park, Hills Center North Business Park and The Gardens Plaza. Today, as the single largest private land owner in downtown Las Vegas, Mark has come full circle. ' Once dedicated to creating new and vibrant places for families to live in Southern Nevada Mark is currently focused on the redevelopment and revitalization of our city's historic heart As president of Mark L. Fine & Associates, Mark is a member of the downtown redevelopment board and chairs the Downtown Las Vegas Steering Committee, currently working on plans to re-brand and re-energize downtown Las Vegas. MARK L. FINE - MODEL CITIZEN Mark has generously given his time, leadership skills and resources as a committed community volunteer. He has served on boards and in leadership positions for more than 20 non-profit, industry and educational organizations. The list of his community involvement encompasses many organizations, including those listed below: ? Board Member, Bank of Nevada ? Board Member, Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation ? Trustee, National Jewish Medical Research Center and Hospital ? Founding Member of Young Presidents Organization, Las Vegas ? 30-ear Member, Urban Land Institute and former Member of Planned Community Council ? Former Board Member, Nathan Adelson Hospice ? Former Member, State of Nevada Blue Ribbon Panel for Pepcon ? Former Member, Nevada Tax Commission ? Former Member, Southern Nevada Regional Planning Council ? Former Board Member, Temple Beth Shalom Board ? Former Board Member, Tournament Players Club Board ? Former Board Member and Founding Member, Continental National Bank Board ? Former Member, The Fortress Group, a public Home Building company ? Founding Member and Board Member, First National Bank of Nevada Community Recognition: ? Award, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce for Accomplishment in Real Estate Development ? Honored with Gloria Fine by the Las Vegas Philharmonic ? Award, City of Henderson for Outstanding Achievement ? Award, Vegas Magazine 4,h Anniversary Recognition as a Leading Las Vegas Developer ? Selected by Nevada Business Journal as one of Nevada's Top 50 Business Leaders ? Honored by Class! Publications for support of Clark County's high school journalism programs ? Honored by the Nevada Cancer Institute as one of "The Las Vegas Dozen" Attachment A LETTERS OF SUPPORT June 28,2007 School Naming Committee 5100 West Sahara Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89146 Dear School Naming Committee: It is our privilege to nominate the name of Mark L. Fine for your consideration for the naming of a public elementary school. Given the criteria set forth by this esteemed Committee and the Board of School Trustees, we believe there is no individual more worthy. Mark L. Fine is an extraordinary man and a true asset to Southern Nevada. For over 30 years, he has been an outstanding and exceptional member of our community who has contributed selflessly to the community we love and call home. Mark's business accolades are well known. He was responsible for the planning and development of two of the nation's fastest growing Master Planned Communities, Green Valley and Summerlin, and has successfully developed multiple retail, commercial and residential projects all around the valley. A driving force in the community on other fronts as well, Mark has built a foundation of support for our children by continuously investing in their future and by his tireless advocacy for public education. His greatest philanthropic accomplishments are those that have been associated with education. His involvement includes the Clark County School District's School-Community Partnership Program, Clark County School District's Bond Oversight Committee, Clark County Public Education Foundation, Class! Magazine, Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy, UNLV Research Foundation and UNLV Foundation. Mark has also made significant contributions to the arts, to improving the quality of healthcare in our community and to working to eliminate discrimination and foster understanding and acceptance between our various religions, ethnicities and cultures. His list of accomplishments speaks volumes about his devotion to our community. He understands that it takes an entire community working together to ensure all of our children receive a quality education. Because of his service and contributions to our children, community, and state, we request your kind consideration in the naming of the MARK L. FINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Respectfully submitted, ^ S ^ Q y ^ J f c J L * - Sue Lowden Don Snyder Judi Steele Jeffrey A. Fine Alyson Fine Marmur Jonathan Fine Katie Fine 1 Hughes Center Pkwy. Unit 901 Las Vegas NV 89109 June 30, 2007 Clark County School District School Name Committee 5100 West Sahara Avenue Las Vegas NV 89146 Dear School Naming Committee Members, We respectfully request that you consider honoring Mark L. Fine by naming a Clark County Elementary School after him. We truly believe that he deserves such an honor and hope that you agree that his credentials are overwhelming. It has been said that any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad. Our dad, Mark L. Fine, is very special. He has been a role model, a mentor, a leader, a motivator, a teacher, an advocate, a supporter, a volunteer and a positive influence in our lives as well as the lives of so many others in this community. As our dad, he never missed a first day of school, a parent-teacher conference, an assembly, a sporting event, an extra-curricular activity or a graduation. He did not simply watch all four of his children attend Clark County public schools, he was actively involved with us, always. His involvement then and now has set a great example for each of u s and now that we are all adults, he stays involved as a caring friend and devoted grandparent in addition to donating his time, energy and resources to the needs of underprivileged children, at risk youths, local schools and universities, the arts and the overall betterment of Clark County. We have watched him run his business the same way he raised us. Always keeping children and their family's interests in mind whenever he designed and created a new master-planned development. He has used his position and influence within the community to establish safe and lasting environments. Environments where people of all ages from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds could have the same access, guidance, support and infrastructure necessary to succeed. His relentless commitment and dedication has resulted in numerous awards, accolades and recognitions over the past 30 years. However, what is truly inspiring to us and so many of the people that know him is the countless number of times he has shared his expertise, opened his home and contributed resources to strengthen the fabric of our hometown. We are very proud of our dad. The outpouring of support he has received during this application process has genuinely warmed our hearts and the dozens of letters from friends and local leaders that have pledged to help in any way possible really is a true testament to all of his hard work and the legacy he has left over the last 30 years. We greatly appreciate your consideration of naming an elementary school after our dad, Mark L. Fine. We believe this would be a very fitting honor to bestow upon someone that has always maintained that education is the heart and soul of great families and great communities and has spent his whole life building both. Katie Fine Alyson Fine Marmur OSa^M', ?ja. '^H-yjl 7 > U < l m M J June 20, 2007 Clark County School District School Naming Committee 2832 East Flamingo Road Las Vegas, Nevada 89121 Dear Clark County School District Naming Committee: It is my pleasure to add my voice to the chorus of support for Mark L. Fine. I have known Mark for nearly twenty years. Over the years I have been impressed with involvement in our community. First hand I have seen his involvement in the Jewish community on a variety of committees. He has been active in the Jewish Federation and has been a constant supporter of Congregation Ner Tamid. His interests go beyond the Jewish community as he has made an impact in developing two planned communities- Green Valley and Summerlin. Through my conversations with him over the years I know it has always been his desire to improve the quality of life for all those living in Southern Nevada. He has fought hard for standards in housing development and zoning; been a strong advocate of higher education, and has found time to be involved in community and charitable affairs to numerous to mention. On a personal note, he has been a devoted husband to Gloria and a wonderful father. He cares deeply about his children and has supported them in every way possible. They admire and respect him. which in itself is a high compliment. Our tradition teaches us that a person is known by many names. The name of ones birth and the name that one has earned through the years. Likewise, when a name is chosen for a public school it is important that its name reflects someone of outstanding character and community leadership. Such a person is embodied in every way by Mark Fine. I know that if selected, the children who would attend "his" school would find a role model to emulate and respect. Rabbi' > i N. VJI. D.n. HcJrrson. XV S ' ) 0 / . | f ) 11 ? ? <: 70 I i.i.l > " H I ax: 70'.7 ! > ? ? ? w.l V X, ,,,, FR. DAVE CASALEGGIO 352 SOUTH MALLARD LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89107 (702) 239-6166 FAX (702) 258-6251 June 25, 2007 Clark County School District School Naming Committee 2832 East Flamingo road Las Vegas, Nevada 89121 Dear Members of t h e Naming Committee: My name is Fr. Dave Casaleggio. I am a Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Las Vegas. I have lived and worked here since 1988. I write in regards to Mark L. Fine and the naming of a school after him. I have known Mark for a good number of years. He has been a man that I respect and admire. His achievements in his business life a r e well known. Summerlin and Green Valley are two master planned communities that Mark was responsible for in t h e planning and development stages. He has a number of successfully developed retail, commercial and residential projects throughout the valley. His commitment to education is without question. He is t h e Chairman of t h e UNLV Research Foundation; Vice Chairman of t h e UNLV Foundation; Current Advisory Board Member of t h e Clark County Public Education Foundation; Past President of Class! Magazine; Emeritus Member, Founder and First Chairman of t h e Clark County School District Business Partnership; Founding Member of t h e Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy; and Board Member of t h e Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation. To say t h a t Mark gives of his time and efforts for public education is obvious. While all t h e above is true, and much more could be stated, t h e area that Mark excels in t h e most is his family life. He is a devoted husband and a proud father and grandfather. He is respected and admired by t h e ones he helped bring into the world and has given his time and love to be sure they matured to become productive citizens of t h e Las Vegas community The name of Mark L. Fine gracing a school will be an honor to t h e students who go t h e r e . It will give them a hero to attempt to emulate. The example set would be high and a true witness t o what they, the students who attend the school, can do in life to reach out in making the community a b e t t e r place by caring and giving. Thank you for your willingness to listen. I h o p e and pray t h a t Mark be chosen. Sincerelv. Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents 5 5 5 0 W. F l a m i n g o Rd . S u i t e C - l Las Vegas. Nevada 103 ( 7 0 2 ) 8 X 9 - 8 4 2 6 FAX ( 7 0 2 1 8 8 9 - 8 4 9 2 T h a l i a D o n r i c ro 2931 Pinehursl Las Vegas. Nevada 8 9 1 0 9 ( 7 0 2 ) 7 3 5 - 8 2 0 3 FAX ( 7 0 2 1 7 3 1 - 4 7 3 0 June 28,2007 School Name Committee Attention Delores Morton 4828 S. Pearl Street Las Vegas, NV 89121 Dear School Name Committee: I am writing today to support the naming of a Clark County School after Mark L. Fine, chairman of the UNLV Research Foundation and longtime Southern Nevada visionary. Over all of the many years I have known Mark Fine, he is always been a gentleman in conducting himself before any board of directors. He is knowledgeable about whatever the task he is involved in. Over the past 30 years, he has been developing projects in Las Vegas, Clark County and Henderson. I would say all of these projects have been well planned, innovative and designed for the comfort of the owners. Ii am sure any school named for Mark L. Fine would be the most innovative, accessible and "done right" school for CCSD students. Sincerely Thalia Dondero University of Nevada. Las Vegas ? University of Nevada. Reno ? Nevada State College ? Desert Research Institute Community College of Southern Nevada ? Great Basin College ? Truckee Meadows Community College ? Western Nevada Community College ^^ THE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION > X v - June 21, 2007 School Naming Committee 5100 West Sahara Las Vegas, NV 89146 Dear School Naming Committee: It is with great pleasure and unconditional support that I write to recommend the naming of a Clark County School District elementary school in honor of Mark L. Fine. 1 have known Mark for almost 25 years both personally and professionally. He is a man of honor and integrity who has dedicated himself to building a strong Southern Nevada community. Mark has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to ensuring that Clark County provides for all of its residents the highest quality of life possible. Over the past twenty-five years, Mark has volunteered to serve our community, and specifically the education community, in many capacities. He worked with Governor Richard Bryan to forge an alliance between the business and education communities and introduced to Clark County School District Superintendent Bob Wentz the concept of business/education partnerships. During the 1980's, he worked to design and implement the District's School-Community Partnership Program, served as its chairman for many years and remains today an active advisor to this program. For many years, Mark has served as a community leader on the District's Bond Oversight Committee. He has volunteered to participate in and support several CCSD Strategic Planning initiatives. He has worked to assist the District in successfully passing all of its Bond Initiatives during the past three decades. He has always stepped up to ensure that schools have been built and that our schools deliver a quality education to all children. When the Clark County Public Education Foundation began in 1991, Mark was the very first business leader to come forth and support the Foundation with a generous donation of S250.000. This money was used B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Sig Rogich Chairman of the Board Robert I Forbuss Senior Vice Chair Randall J Campanalc CFA. CIMA Vice Chair of Finance Ann l y n c h Vice Chair of Development Steve Forsythe Vice Chair of Community Relations AVischel eCy hJa irH oafl l Administ rat ion Klif Andrews Secretary David Ha" CPA Treasurer Assemblyman Morse Arberry j r Myra Greenspun William E Martin The Honorable Nancy M Saitla James I Wadhams. Esq Myrna Williams Judi Steele President/CPO DIRECTORS Tony AJ.imo John R Bailey. Esq Dana Blackhurst Michael J Brown Raj Chanderraj MD Jared Chupaila Kirk Clausen Cunningham Dorothy Eisenberq Jeffrey Fine Dick Fraim Tom Gallagher Merlmda Gallegos Mayor Oscar Goodman Josh Griffin Jan I Jones Wendy Kalb Andy Katz Jim King J Parker Kurlinski. MD Oiga Lyles Assemblyman Mark Manendo Robert A Martin Tim McCubbm Michael E Minden Emily Neilson Mark Pans Leslie G Parraguirre Kevin Rabbitt Commissioner Rory Reid Glynda Rhodes Chancellor James E Rogers Donna Russum Thomas J Schoeman AIA Larry R Seedig Councilwoman lois Tarkanian William P Weidner Senator Valerie Wiener Claudine Williams PAST CHAIRMEN Harry E Hinderhter I Ernest A Becker. Jr Karen Galatz EXOFFICIO MEMBERS Sheila Mouiton Or Walt Rulffes 3360 WEST SAHARA AVE.. SUITE 160 ? LAS VEGAS, NV 89102 7 0 2 . 7 9 9 . 1 0 4 2 TFL 7 0 2 . 7 9 9 . 5 2 4 7 FAX w w w . c c p e f . o r g * ? V School Naming Committee June 21, 2007 Page 2 to enhance district-widc programs and included funding earmarked for at-risk children. Mark continues to contribute his time and resources to improving public education. He serves on the board of directors of a charter school loeated in West Las Vegas and has most recently committed a generous annual donation of time and dollars as the business partner of the newly named Kermit Booker Empowerment School. He has served as a Foundation Board Member and Advisor since its inception. Mark understands that it takes the entire community working together to ensure our children receive a quality education and he has been tireless in his willingness to serve our community in whatever capacity he can to guarantee all of our children are provided with equal educational opportunities. It is my honor to recommend to the school naming committee the name of Mark L. Fine for your consideration. Sincerely, President/CPO June 21,2007 Clark County School District School Naming Committee 5100 West Sahara Avenue Las Vegas. NV 89146 Re: Mark L. Fine Dear Committee Members: Please accept this letter as my strong and passionate support for the naming of a Clark County public elementary school in honor of Mark L. Fine. There is clearly no higher honor than having an institution of public learning named for a community leader: and there is no community leader more deserving of such an honor than Mark Fine. 1 have known Mark since 1 moved to Las Vegas in 1987 as CEO of First Interstate Bank of Nevada. As CEO of the largest bank in Nevada, it was important for me to know and understand who the true community leaders were in Las Vegas. It was clear from the very beginning that Mark was not only a leader then, but he was poised to emerge as one of the most significant community leaders over the course of the next two decades. After leading the planning and development of Green Valley, one of our Country's largest and most successful master planned communities, he followed up by leading the development of Summerlin, the largest master planned community in the nation at the time. He truly has built the residential foundation for the entire Las Vegas Valley, making Clark County a place where people want to live and raise their families. When I joined the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees in 1988, Mark Fine had already been a member of this very important organization for several years. Over the years, I have watched Mark do whatever needed to be done in support of higher education. Today it is with pride that I watch him provide his effective brand of leadership as Chairman of the UNLV Research Foundation and as Vice Chairman of the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees. His personal style and involvement, along with significant financial commitments to UNLV, clearly demonstrates leadership by example. I * *> D O N A L D D S N Y D E R DONSDONSNYDERLVCOM VIA AUSTI PARK WAV SUITE LAS VEGAS. NV CELL OFFICE x FAX In terms of K-12 education, I have also personally witnessed his commitment and leadership. Few, if any, community leaders have provided as broad, as deep, and as consistent support for K-12 education as Mark Fine - from service to the Clark County Public Education Foundation, to serving as President of Class! Magazine, to serving as Founding Chairman of the Clark County School District Business Partnership, to being a Founding Member of the Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy. Mark clearly has left his "mark" on public education. I could not begin to remember all of the Mark's broader contributions to our community and State. However, over the past 20 years, I have watched Mark give his name, his time, his money, and his leadership to virtually every meaningful activity or organization working to build a better community for the rest of us and our families. For all these reasons, I am pleased and proud to add my support to this effort to honor Mark Fine in placing his name on one of our Clark County public elementary schools. Sincerely, Donald D. Snyder J V f r . and M r s . T a u l Lowden June 25,2007 Clark County School District Board of Trustees School Naming Committee 2832 East Flamingo Road Las Vegas, NV 89121 Dear School Naming Committee: It is with great pride and honor that I write this letter of support in naming an elementary school after Mr. Mark Fine. In the many years I have known Mark, I have found him to be one of the most dedicated members of our Las Vegas community. As a developer and builder Mark knows that anything of worth must begin with a strong foundation. For this reason, he has continued to contribute to the Las Vegas community. He is a Founding Member of the Andre Agassi Academy, Board Member of the Public Education Foundation, and recently named chairman of the U.N.L.V. Foundation. On a personal note, Mark is first a dear friend, a role model, a successful businessman, and an incredible asset to Southern Nevada and our entire State. We ask you to consider Mark Fine for a school to be named in his honor. Sincerely, Paul W. Lowden Sue Lowden COMMUNITY & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, School-Community Partnership Program CCSD^I 5450 W. SAHARA AVE., SUITF. 250 ? LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 8 9 1 4 6 ? (702) 799-6560 ? FAX (702) 799-6570 C L A R K C O U N T Y June 27, 2007 School Naming Committee Clark County School District 5100 West Sahara Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89146 School Naming Committee: S C H O O L D I S T R I C T B O A R D O F S C H O O L T R U S T E E S Mrs. Ruth J o h n s o n . President Mrs. Sheila M o u l t o n , Vice President Mrs. Susan Brager, Clerk Mr. Larry P M a s o n , Member Mrs. Mary Beth Scow, M e m b e r Mrs. Shirley Barber. M e m b e r Mrs. Terri Janison, Member Dr. Walt RulfFes, S u p e r i n t e n d e n t I am honored to write a letter of recommendation to have a new elementary school in the Clark County School District be named after Mr. Mark Fine. Mr. Fine was one of the initial proponents in starting the School-Community Partnership Program in 1983 and served as the first chairman of the its Advisory Board. I first met Mr. Fine in 1989 when I became the second director of the program. He always shared his expertise, opinions, resources, leadership, and contacts with the Board, the partnership staff, other business partners, and school district personnel. I would like to share one example of his involvement. Mr. Fine, Mr. William Martin, and Ms. Elaina Blake joined forces with the School-Community Partnership Program to develop the Focus School Project, which matched at risk schools one-on-one with businesses to provide additional resources to those schools. In the initial year two schools were matched with two businesses, now over 80 at risk schools are matched with 120 businesses. This effort has provided both human and financial resources to schools. The program has truly been a success, and we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Mr. Mark Fine for his leadership. 1 enthusiastically encourage you to recognize Mr. Mark Fine for his many years of dedication to the needs of the students and their teachers in the Clark County School District by naming a new elementary school in his honor. Thank you. Sincerely, Joyce Woodhouse Retired Director, School-Community Partnership Program 246 Garfield Drive Henderson, NV 89074 (702)896-1453 SCHOOL-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP ADVISORY BOARD Elaina Blake, Lisa Brown, C h a n d a C o o k . Jenny D e s Vaux Oakes. Richard Fraim, Robert Griess, Augie Gurrola. M a u r e e n I l u n e m u l l e r . S t e v e Lander. W i l l i am Martin. Jacque M a t t h e w s , H i l a r y M c C l a i n , S a n d y Miller, M e l i s s a N e l s o n . Al O ' N e a l . W i l l i e R o b i n s o n . S t e v e S c h o Lucinda Stanley. Judi S t e e l e . Diana Villanueva, T o m Warden, Lee W i n s t o n , Elaine W v n n EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS S h e l l e y Berkley, Richard Bunker. Brian C r a m , Mark Fine. R o b i n G r e e n s p u n , K e n n y G u i n n . Barbara M u l h o l l a n d . D e n m s Stein Main Office-. 5100 W E S T SAHARA A V E N U E ? LAS VEGAS, N E V A D A 8 9 1 4 6 ? T E L E P H O N E (702) 799-5000 N E V A D A STATE B A N K J u n e 25, 2007 School Naming Committee 2832 East Flamingo Las Vegas, NV 89121 Ladies a n d Gentlemen: I am pleased to r e s p e c t f u l l y s u b m i t t h i s r e q u e s t that your committee give c o n s i d e r a t i o n a n d review to n a m i n g a school for Mark L. Fine. I've h a d the p l e a s u r e of working on a n u m b e r of community projects with Mark, including t h e School-Community P a r t n e r s h i p Program that h a s him, as founding director, to t h a n k for i t s c r e a t i o n in 1983. Considering t h i s Program h a s been recognized as t h e largest in t h e c o u n t r y , t h e significance of his initiative is easily recognized. Mark h a s also become known for his advocacy for t h e C