RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & 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.
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