WCSD asks Pedro Martinez to resume Superintendent duties

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Updated: 8/01 1:50 pm
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:

"Dear Bill:


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,

Kent Robison"


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".
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tonysam - 8/1/2014 6:59 PM
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It isn't Martinez who has been "documented" to be a "liar"--it's your filthy board and your filthy, corrupt district that has been shown to be liars. That's the way they operate and always have. They NEVER follow the law at all.

sivland - 8/1/2014 4:47 PM
2 Votes
Great to hear Mr.P.Martinez is back We need a Recall of the Board since they don't seem to know what they are doing?

CJW775reno - 8/1/2014 10:12 AM
2 Votes
So glad Mr. Martinez is being able to return to work but what a black eye on our community caused by six idiots who didn't like someone and were just looking for a way to get rid of him. Our kids and our town deserve so much better.

SeriouslyOMG - 8/1/2014 7:57 AM
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Though I do believe the School Board jumped the gun in firing him and came up with a very unrealistic reason to temporarily relieve him of is duties, the board does have reason to dismiss him, which I believe they will compile and present in a proper form. I believe that no one should lead a company, business or School District when it has been seen, heard and documented that he is a liar over and over again and that will come to the surface in a proper form. I am grateful that my child is Hispanic because those children are the ones he focuses on to succeed. All of that being said, should he not be a well-rounded, have a good moral compass and very transparent leader who cares about the education and success OF ALL CHILDREN?

sierra11 - 8/1/2014 3:01 AM
2 Votes
RECALL!

tahoee - 7/31/2014 9:20 PM
4 Votes
You have to wonder how six morons were elected to serve the children of this state. Children who score in the bottom of our nations schools. With this type of leadership and lack of common sense the state of education is only going to get worse. The six morons were looking for a quick way to get rid of someone and they were too stupid to check the facts. How do they find their way home? Pedro got the shaft from six very stupid people. I hope he collects a ton, but you know I think he will forgive, and move on, he does not have mean bone in his body. No one deserves to be treated this way. I hope the recall election gets going soon.

TheGumption - 7/31/2014 8:10 PM
3 Votes
Once again Clark changes the story. First Martinez was fired over the contrived CPA allegation. Then it becomes paid administrative leave with no evidence they provided such notification. Now it's about attitude and demeanor (BTW, if you want to focus on attitude and demeanor take aim at tantrum throwing child Howard Rosenberg). This Board goes through stories like I go through toilet paper. They broke the law. They violated terms of a contract. They should be handing in their resignations not making up more baloney stories. For the good of the community and the kids.... it's time for the Gang of Six to go.

bigdeal - 7/31/2014 4:59 PM
3 Votes
Do these Turkeys know what they are doing?

TheGumption - 7/31/2014 4:58 PM
2 Votes
So, essentially the Board admits they violated State law. I think it's clear that they realized they were going to lose, and lose BIG, in any lawsuit. The facts simply supported Martinez. The contract (which anyone can read) has specific terms for separation (section 14). The RGJ fact finder found that he could put CPA on a resume or bio based on his Illinois credentials. And of course, the Trustees, presumably under the advise of their counsel, violated the law! I think it's clear that the Gang of Six need to go. The question is, do they have the integrity and character to do so without a recall effort? I doubt it.

TheGumption - 7/31/2014 4:56 PM
3 Votes
So, essentially the Board admits they violated State law. I think it's clear that they realized they were going to lose, and lose BIG, in any lawsuit. The facts simply supported Martinez. The contract (which anyone can read) has specific terms for separation (section 14). The RGJ fact finder found that he could put CPA on a resume or bio based on his Illinois credentials. And of course, the Trustees, presumably under the advise of their counsel, violated the law! I think it's clear that the Gang of Six need to go. The question is, do they have the integrity and character to do so without a recall effort? I doubt it.
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