WCSD Board of Trustees votes in favor of hiring outside counsel

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Updated: 8/12/2014 5:32 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has just voted to hire outside attorney Kent Robison to represent the District in the lawsuit filed by Superintendent Pedro Martinez.

The vote was 5-to-1, with Trustee Estela Gutierrez voting against the agenda item. Board member Dave Aiazzi was absent from the meeting.

Gutierrez hopes Superintendent Martinez and the Board of Trustees can reconcile and Martinez will agree to drop his $1 million lawsuit.

Board members Howard Rosenberg and John Mayer both spoke, saying they hope recent controversy surrounding the Board's alleged firing of Martinez and the embattled Superintendent's subsequent legal action against the Board will arrive at a peaceful resolution.

Martinez also spoke saying his lawsuit isn't about the money; he rather hopes for an apology from the Board members and would like to move on, as well.

Most Board members who spoke in favor of hiring Kent Robison say the vote was strictly precautionary, and only in the event his services are necessary.

On the other hand, President Barbara Clark says she finds some content in the lawsuit to be erroneous.

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