Hundreds voice concern during WCSD's board meeting

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Updated: 7/29/2014 10:22 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Concerned citizens flooded the Washoe County School District Central Administration Building Tuesday afternoon during the Board of Trustees' regularly scheduled meeting; and it was the volume of their turnout that spoke just as loudly as the volume of their voices.

The school district set up three overflow rooms in order to accommodate guests, and each room fit about one hundred people. The majority of these attendees also filled out a public comment card in hopes of voicing their concerns to the board. Many of those in attendance were educators, employees, and parents who say their faith and trust in the school district has been crumbling for years; and the latest incidents with Superintendent Pedro Martinez and former WCSD Police Chief Mike Mieras have added fuel to the fire and pushed them to a boiling point.

Perhaps the most notable citizen who addressed the board was Nevada's First Lady Kathleen Sandoval; and her demeanor was candid and stern.

"Unfortunately, this has thread across the country. People know what has happened here. What you have done has affected our community, our state and most importantly our students," Sandoval said.

Sandoval also reprimanded the board for "not following the rules," and for what she defines as an instability of the Washoe County School District that has rippled beyond the borders of the county.

The First Lady also pointed to the economic losses resulting from the board's decisions. She says the potential to lose a one million dollar school grant exists because Washoe County does not have a stable school system; plus, companies that would plant themselves in our area and send their children to Washoe's schools are not attracted to the instability.

Public commentary will be underway until 7 p.m.; and with more than 50 comments at three minutes a person, the board will be hearing dissatisfaction from the community for a long time.

For more information about today's meeting, including an agenda and links to other content, click here.
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sierra11 - 7/30/2014 5:04 PM
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If Washoe County needed a CPA instead of a Superintendent then they should have hired one. I have a Great CPA..........need his number?

keastman - 7/30/2014 4:40 PM
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While Mr. Martinez contract has specifics regarding days of notification and time to answer to allegations, that the school board did not follow, they now want extra days to answer the lawsuit allegations. The judge should tell the school board he will give them as much time as they gave to Mr. Martinez to answer to allegations. ZERO . They need to stop wasting time and taxpayer monies. They will spend thousands on lawyers and hundreds of thousands in Mr. Martinez's contract dismissal. Stop messing with his career. Ethically now do the right thing. Admit to wrong doing, pay him the requirements of his contract for wrongful discharge. The members should save washoe voters more expense/time and resign. Lets all find the right board, supervisor and move on. FYI, when Pedro Martinez first was considered by WCSB his resume was on internet (still there). NO PLACE in the resume does it state he is a CPA. If he at all was trying to present his was a CPA, it would have been on his resume. Get a clue WCSB, you screwed up royally. You had opportunity at time of his evaluations to note issues and work them out, you didn't. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

sierra11 - 7/29/2014 7:08 PM
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If there has been any wrong doing here it should not be that hard to collect 2,000 votes per board member for a recall. On another note, I think we are all kind of sick and tired of this kinderland daycare of a education system! It goes from Carson to Dayton and Reno. Kinda getting exhausting isn't it?

TheGumption - 7/29/2014 6:54 PM
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I was flabbergasted at the behavior of Howard Rosenberg. If his childish antics are any indication of how he conducts himself then it is clear where a big problem is in the WCSD. The belligerent art professor has no business being in public office.

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