RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - In a time when every dollar is stretched thin, News 4 is trying to find-out how much money the Washoe County School District is spending to put people on paid administrative leave and why. Information obtained exclusively by News 4 shows $555 are being paid out from the school district every day to have people stay home from work.
After the Lemmon Valley Elementary School principal was placed on administrative leave for unknown reasons, News 4 put in a request to the school district to find out how many other employees are currently placed on administrative leave, and how much those people are being paid for not working.
Just a few minutes ago a district spokesperson said they have four employees currently on administrative leave - with a combined salary of $202,615. So that works out to about $555 a day being wasted - which to put in perspective means they are basically throwing away an iPad every single day, and the real kicker is that the District will not tell you the taxpayer why these people are on administrative leave or even who they are - saying giving out that information is against policy.
Since we've started asking questions several viewers have weighed in on facebook. Brandi for example says, "secrets do not make parents feel better. Give us something! You don't have to spill all the beans, but for Pete's sake, give us something!"
On the other side there's Sri who writes, "I have two children there and I've never had a problem with her or felt my children were mistreated by her in any way. There is no reason to drag her name through the mud when nobody knows what happened."
We here at News 4 we want you to know we agree with Sri, there is no reason or attempt by News 4 to drag this Principal's name through the mud.
In fact, it's possible she may be on administrative leave for an innocent, simple reason, we'd love to report that and move on, but when the Washoe County School District won't give parents or taxpayers any information, is the public just supposed to trust at everything's on the up-and-up with kids safety on the line?
That important reason is why we'll keep pressing for answers and ask anyone with information to contact FactFinder@MyNews4.com.