RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Washoe County School District has asked Pedro Martinez to resume his duties and responsibilities as Superintendent.
According to a letter obtained by News 4, Kent Robison, lawyer for the Washoe County School District, has "no reason to disagree" with Pedro Martinez's claim that any action taken by the Board of Trustees is void, due to a violation of the Open Meeting Law.
Here is the full text of the letter, sent to Martinez's attorney:
According to your version of last Tuesday's events, my clients made a decision or took action concerning Superintendent Martinez's employment contract in violation of the Open Meeting Law. If your accusation is true, whatever 'action' that was taken is void. I have no reason to disagree and concur that whatever 'action' that was taken last Tuesday with regard to your client's contract is void pursuant to NRS 241.036.
Accordingly, my clients respectfully ask that Superintendent Martinez resume his duties and responsibilities immediately.
Yours very truly,
NRS 241.036 states that "the action of any public body taken in violation of any provision of this chapter is void."
Washoe County School District Board President Barbara Clark also issued a statement that references the media's handling of the situation. Her full statement:
"The events and circumstances surrounding last week's discussions had more to do with attitude, demeanor, and lack of cooperation than it did with certifications and diplomas.
On advice from outside counsel, and because of the position taken by the media and Superintendent Martinez, the Board understands that last week's actions may be void under Nevada law. Rather than debate this complicated issue, we have agreed that last week's actions are void. Superintendent Martinez was never terminated or fired as Superintendent of the Washoe County School District, and we expect him to return to work and fulfill his responsibilities and duties immediately. We are hopeful that Superintendent Martinez's future communications and interactions with the Board be more cordial and civility can be restored.
We are trying to schedule a Public Board of Trustees meeting for August 15, 2014, at which time Superintendent Martinez's contract and performance thereunder will be addressed publicly."
Pedro Martinez has confirmed that he will return to work on Friday, but that this "will not end the legal issues".