Martinez reveals details of his dismissal as Superintendent

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Updated: 7/24 2:12 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- There are still more questions than answers regarding Tuesday's abrupt decision to relieve Pedro Martinez of his duties as Washoe County Schools Superintendent.

In an interview with News 4, Martinez said he was fired, plain and simple, after questions arose about his resume and whether he lied about his credentials as a CPA.

Martinez showed a certificate he received from the University of Illinois in 1992. He said it shows he is certified as a public accountant, but he said he never claimed to be a licensed CPA

Martinez said he explained his side to the board, but they still wanted him out. "I still thought, 'Can we just be calm and resolve this?' They said, 'No, we made up our mind.' And they said, 'You can either do this the easy way or the hard way, and the hard way is going to damage your reputation and your family.'"

"Can they get away with that? I was shocked they even said that. I'm like, 'What am I missing here?'"

Martinez said he has not decided on his next move, but lawyers are involved. If Martinez was fired without cause, he would be entitled to a full year's salary.
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sierra11 - 7/24/2014 6:38 PM
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The real story is for all you over educated idiots that spent too much money on your education is................keep it simple and stop distorting the facts. I don't care if they are real or made up! Nothing can get accomplished until we get to the basic point of Education and stop paying board members salaries for running to the copy machine to make copies of what they have already copied to justify there damn job!

sierra11 - 7/24/2014 6:36 PM
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Quit deleting my comments NV4, Reality needs to be said by someone. Where the hell is all the "smart" history scholar's right about now! We have crossed over the bridge of Germany in 1939, it's 1940 and all the Educational institutes are being destroyed and there is not one educated idiot that can see it! History is repeating itself...........not one moron can see it coming!

Concerned Mom - 7/24/2014 12:45 PM
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Get him gone! He's a lousy leader. Recently he approved a plan to reduce special education staff (for the most vulnerable of students) to save money. Keep in mind that the staff being reduced makes about $9.00 an hour with no benefits. Instead he wants to hire a high paid admin staff member who will do nothing to help the students. All of this opens the district up to huge liability lawsuits when children are injured at school. Maybe if he was a licensed CPA he would understand cost/benefit analysis.

sierra11 - 7/24/2014 10:01 AM
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Since when does a Doctorate's Degree qualify for a top position anyway! Does a thesis paper automatically teach someone to lead, hell no. A Sheriff or Chief should be a COP first and a computer nerd second! A Superintendent should be a TEACHER first and a CPA second! How do you expect to fix a problem if these people can't see what's broke at ground level. I'm sure the Chief had contingency plans, just cause they where not logged into a computer doesn't mean they were not effective. Great, now they will hire a computer programmer not a Chief! Top heavy bureaucracy, no wonder Nevada is ranked second to lowest in the Nation. Stop catering to English as a Second language and maybe our States test scores will improve! And it is no secret that the majority of teachers refuse to grade homework on there own time. If Teachers feel they are not paid enough for there work, maybe they should have gone after a more specific Degree! Are the Colleges telling student's they will become rich being a teacher? I think we all know the answer to that one.

LASD1096 - 7/23/2014 8:03 PM
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And idiots like you just want something to complain about to make yourself sound important. If the Chief was so bad, where were the disciplinary write ups?, the complaints? Not one ever surfaced. What is your beef with him? Those of us who work public service are entitled to the retirement we earned. We worked the nights, holidays, 10 days straight, or more without a day off. Your complaint about what we earned, you could have worked it too, or wait, maybe not. Maybe you could not pass the criminal background check? Maybe you don't have a good employment history. It does take a special type of person to survive in the public service career and apparently you were not one of them. As far as taxpayer financed jobs, tell me who the corporations are that would pay our wages? Taxpayer financed, yes, I was the one who answered when your drunk ass called to complain about a neighbor or your kids called crying because the fight between mom and dad was scary, or there was domestic abuse going on in your home and the neighbors called concerned for your family or maybe, god forbid, your house was on fire and you had to call one of us, the taxpayer financed employee who sent those underpaid, overworked public service employees to save your ass. Taxpayer financed? Can I have a raise? They are far and few between. Not like the private sector where raises can be scheduled. If you don't know what your talking about, don't post. It makes you look really stupid. As far as the school district being corrupt and vile, you didn't have to send your kids to the taxpayer financed schools that are so horribly bad, send them to private school. Personally, my kids got a great education with WCSD and they grew up,to be law abiding, tax paying, decent citizens who appreciate us morons who collect those "taxpayer financed" paychecks. Sorry you couldn't pass the background to be one of us!

tonysam - 7/23/2014 4:48 PM
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Apparently Mieras was dumped for a good reason. Morons like you think people like him are entitled to taxpayer-financed jobs for life, regardless of how poor he may have been on the job. Your district is completely corrupt and vile, and I know through personal experience how filthy they are. The board is so stupid, it doesn't see the irony of dumping or trying to dump Martinez following a workshop on ETHICS. They didn't even follow the law, which is par for the course.

LASD1096 - 7/23/2014 4:45 PM
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No sympathy here, now he knows how Mike Mieras felt at losing his position of 20 years. Hopefully the district will bring Chief Mieras back and this time they will actually hire a Superintendent that is from the local area. It is called "Promote from Within" and there are good candidates locally. Quit bringing in the ones who leave after a year and give the job to someone who will really put their heart and soul into the education of these kids. It's not all about getting those 2-3 years of high pay to up the pension, just give the district a good superintendent who has a great background in education.
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