FACT FINDER: School stays silent on why principal was placed on leave

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Updated: 3/14/2013 5:31 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Parents at one area elementary schools are demanding answers about why the principal was put on administrative leave, but the district isn’t disclosing details saying it’s a personnel issue.

The Fact Finder Team asked the government agency for their legal justification for withholding information when the safety of children or your tax dollars could be at risk. A spokesperson sent over two state Supreme Court cases as explanation - one from 1990 and another from 2000. But instead of answering our questions about why the information is being withheld, both cases just raised additional concerns. That's because each of court rulings actually required agencies to turn over some information.

So just to be clear here - the District says they can't give concerned parents information because of these two court cases which actually do the opposite and demand information be given over; furthermore, the later court case from 2000 basically says an agency can't just flat deny a request for an information - which they are doing. The court's opinion reads quote: "the burden is cast upon the agency to explain why the records should not be furnished." News 4 went back to District headquarters for clarification and they declined an on-camera interview responding instead with this statement:

“Our interpretation of the case law is that the court upheld that certain employee information is not public record."

News 4 requested additional information about what the word "certain" means in that statement - but the Washoe County School District has not yet gotten back to us. So until they do, News 4 is going to be taking up that parent question – doing everything we can to independently figure out what happened with the principal. If you know anything, please send us an e-mail to factfinder@mynews4.com.
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tonysam - 3/22/2013 12:23 PM
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The only way this principal's actions are negatively impacting the students is her alleged longstanding mistreatment of teaching staff. It appears from the 2011 lawsuit, and apparent fallout from it, that she would engineer the termination of teachers she didn't like, until one decided to get a lawyer and force her to be accountable for her actions. No other explanation makes sense. One also doesn't know whether her leave is paid or unpaid. If she is being investigated, the leave is typically paid, but if she isn't and she is being disciplined, the punishment would be unpaid leave. However, she should have been fired for these outrageous actions: http://dockets.justia.com/docket/nevada/nvdce/3:2011cv00723/83792/

nvcowgirl85 - 3/15/2013 3:27 PM
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all the parents should wnat to know is if the reason directly affected thier children with any harm or exposure to anything that is illegal, innappropriate, or damaging to the children. other than that, they woudl just be nosy. i think the officials can confirm or deny that the childrens endagerment, etc was not affected or interfered with and let the principal take care of personal matters as she has a right too by privacy law. obviously if children were endagered this would be a more open deal. so ask those questions and dont harp on her personal issues. we all have em, how would you feel having to be that principal if it was just a personal private matter within her life and home? i'd bet you'd feel violated. so unless the children were involved in any way, which should by law be able to be generically confirmed or denied, dont worry about.

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