RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Pedro Martinez has sent News 4 documents detailing the legal action being taken against the Washoe County School District.
In one of said documents, Pedro Martinez requests a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to prevent the Washoe County School District from conducting a meeting to consider and take possible action against him in violation of Nevada Revised Statute 241.010, Nevada's "Open Meeting Law."
According to the Temporary Restraining Order, Martinez alleges the WCSD has not only already violated the Open Meeting Law, but is threatening to do so again.
Martinez’s Verified Complaint also states he was terminated from his position as Washoe County School District Superintendent by the Board of Trustees for "cause," defined as:
- Fraud, embezzlement, theft or misappropriation in regard to his employment
- Conviction or plea of guilty to a felony
- Material breach of the agreement
- Termination as may be permitted by applicable federal or state law.
Martinez also states in his Verified Complaint the Trustees were obligated to provide him with a statement of the charges ten days before a hearing on the written charges, which he claims did not take place. Following the provision of the statement, he should have had the right to a hearing, the right to counsel, the right to call and cross-examine witnesses, and the right to produce documentary evidence relevant to the charges.
The Verified Complaint also states the Board of Trustees has the right to terminate the Superintendent without cause on 90 days written notice. In such event, the District must provide him with severance pay in the amount of “aggregate salary, allowances and other compensation he would have earned for one year from the actual date of his termination.”
Also in the Complaint, Martinez states he attended the closed-door meeting -- that took place on July 22 -- in which he alleges he was terminated from employment and was told an allegation had been made by someone outside the state that he was not, in fact, a CPA.Click on the attached documents to read the entirety of Martinez's complaint.