WCSD Board retracts agenda item regarding Martinez

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Updated: 7/26/2014 4:35 am
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- News 4 just received a statement from Washoe County School District Board of Trustees President Barbara Clark stating the item on the upcoming board meeting agenda regarding the fate of embattled Superintendent Pedro Martinez has been pulled. Additionally, Clark states the Board is awaiting word from the Attorney General as to whether or not they were in violation of any Open Meeting Law stipulations; she says no action can be taken until an official complaint is filed.

The statement in its entirety is below:

"The Board of Trustees of the Washoe County School District understands the concern of the public regarding the situation involving the superintendent, and we apologize for any undue stress this may have caused our community.

We were driven by genuine concern for our District and the 63,000 students whose education has been entrusted to us. We are dedicated to continuing our conversation with the community, moving forward in a measured, transparent way while sharing information as we are able.

To clarify some information:

  • Superintendent Martinez is on administrative leave with pay. This has been his status since Tuesday, July 22.
  • I have pulled Agenda item 3.01 from the Board meeting agenda for Tuesday, July 29.
  • Rescheduling this item will allow members of the community more time to arrange their schedules in order to attend and provide input.
  • Anyone wishing to attend the meeting on July 29 will be—as at any other Board meeting—afforded the opportunity to provide public comment regarding this issue, or any other issue, at the beginning and end of the agenda.
  • The Board of Trustees will schedule a public meeting in August to discuss the matter. The date, time, and location of that meeting will be announced soon.
  • With respect to any Open Meeting Law questions: Due to concerns raised by the public regarding the Open Meeting Law, the District contacted the Attorney General’s office this week for an opinion, but was told that the Attorney General could not provide any guidance or feedback until a complaint was filed.
We look forward to working together with staff, parents, guardians, and our community at large as we address our concerns and move ahead with plans for taking the Washoe County School District from good to great.

We value public input, as it provides us with guidance and feedback that we need as we go on together.

The District reassures the public that its number one priority remains our children, staff, families, and our community."

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tonysam - 7/28/2014 12:16 PM
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That's exactly what it is, and they have done it to many other people. Unfortunately, those of us who were kicked to the curb illegally didn't have the wherewithal to fight such a corrupt outfit as WCSD. Remember, folks, this isn't about what the district alleges or makes up about somebody who dared to step on the toes of the entrenched good old boys network--it's about a district that operates above the law and is supposed to follow the law.

local veteran - 7/26/2014 10:19 AM
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the school board is trying to backpedal on martinez. If they had concrete evidence of wrong doing, they wouldn't have had a secret closed door meeting while members of the board were absent. this smells of a witch hunt.

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