RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - The News 4 Fact Finder Team is still trying to get you answers on why Lemmon Valley Elementary School Principal Kara White was removed from her job and placed on administrative leave. It's a mystery. The school district is hiding why she was replaced.
Chief General Counsel for the Washoe County School District Randy Drake, through a district spokeswoman, denied News 4's request for answers.
Drake only pointed out the names of two court cases as the reason why they want to hide this information. No specific justification from the rulings in the court cases, just their names: “Donrey of Nevada, Inc v Bradshaw, 106 Nev. 630 (1990) and DR Partners v Board of County Com’rs of Clark County, 116 Nev. 616 (2000)”. In both cases sited by Drake, the governmental bodies lost in the Nevada Supreme Court and were ordered to turnover the requested public information.
When the Fact Finder Team pressed for clarification on Drake’s rationale, Drake issued a statement “Case law is very specific. Employee information is confidential, and it is a legal requirement that we cannot disclose employee information. This is the way we interpret this case law.”
News 4 believes this amount of silence from the Washoe County School District is illegal. In late 2011 the Nevada Supreme Court ordered text messages of Governor Jim Gibbons be released to the public. In that decision the unanimous court also said a state entity must cite their "interest in nondisclosure" and "legal authority that justifies nondisclosure" when keeping documents secret.
The Washoe County School District has not done this even though the Fact Finder Team has asked multiple times why the secrecy is occurring.
One e-mail into the Fact Finder Team stated, "there have been many rumors circulating about [Kara White’s] leave." The reason for these rumors is the silence of the Washoe County School District.
So again we are asking what is the Washoe County School District covering-up and why do they think they have the legal right to do so? Both questions have been unanswered.
If you have any information for us about this story, or another investigation idea, e-mail us at FactFinder@MyNews4.com.