LAS VEGAS – Brian Blakley, an attorney at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, has joined the founding board of directors for Nevada Rise Academy, a charter school being planned to serve at-risk children.
Nevada Rise Academy is a proposed tuition-free public charter school serving kindergarten through fifth grade students in Las Vegas. The school plans to open for its first group of kindergarten and first grade students in fall 2018.
“I grew up in this community and want to invest in a program that will help disadvantaged students,” said Blakley. “It’s a great opportunity to provide quality education for children who may not have the opportunity to attend a higher-performing school.”
Blakley adds legal experience and expertise to the board of directors. As a litigator at one of Nevada's most respected law firms, he has worked on highly-publicized school district cases and regularly volunteers his time to work on pro bono matters through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.
“With high expectations, academic rigor and data-driven instruction delivered within a culture of achievement, we will offer our community a quality option that will redefine what is possible for students in Nevada. I’m honored to have Brian join our board and look forward to his contributions,” said Nevada Rise Academy Lead Founder Justin Brecht.
Blakely joins Brecht, Daniel Bernbach, Ninya Beyer, Donna Colbert, Andrea Lombardo, Kimberly JOI McDonald, Eric Mendoza, Ilya Rockwell and Steven “JT” Washington on the founding board of directors. For more information visit nevadarise.org.