Martinez accepts Washoe County superintendent job

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Updated: 6/29/2012 1:45 pm
Statement from TMCC President Dr. Maria Sheehan on the selection of a new WCSD Superintendent:

"Truckee Meadows Community College welcomes back Pedro Martinez to the area as superintendent for the Washoe County School District. TMCC looks forward to working with the district on a variety of partnerships, in particular those focusing on college readiness for students."

UPDATE: Washoe County School District Board President Ken Grein tells News 4 that Pedro Martinez has accepted the superintendent job pending contract negotiations. Grein says Martinez told him he's honored to get the job.

Grein says Martinez is in Clark County now making arrangements to leave, and the hope to have him in Washoe County within a month.

Former superintendent Heath Morrison released a statement about Martinez getting his old job today.

Morrison said "The Board of Trustees has found its next leader to continue the important work happening in the Washoe County School District. I was pleased to bring Pedro to WCSD as deputy superintendent, and I am pleased he will continue the work we started together several years ago for the 63,000 children in Washoe County schools," Dr. Heath Morrison said. "I am confident Pedro and the Board of Trustees will continue to build on the strong foundation in Washoe County with continued success in the future. I will support Pedro and WCSD during this time of transition in any way I can."

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & - At a public meeting this morning, members of the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to select Pedro Martinez to serve as superintendent of the Washoe County School District pending successful contract negotiations.

Martinez is the current Deputy Superintendent of Clark County schools; He has been in that position since April 2011. He served the same role in Washoe County for about year prior to leaving for Clark County.

He has also worked for the Chicago Public School system.
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Eppie - 7/3/2012 6:21 AM
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In Martinez’s last “businessman” position he was Chief Financial Officer of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Where he lead them to a $340,000,000 debt. Is this the type of businessman we want leading WCSD? Last year Mr. Martinez suddenly left WCSD in the middle of the school year. Prior to that I spent a lot of time at school board meetings, other public meetings and private meetings with Martinez. He is totally unimpressive, in fact I thought he left WCSD and CPS after failing in each position. According to Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 391.170 and 391.171 Mr. Martinez is not qualified to be superintendent in Nevada. The News4 article above says Randy Drake WCSD attorney shows there is another statute that, “allows district to hire someone who isn’t licensed as long as there is someone on staff who is licensed to oversees academic programs.” At the same time they show a photo of NAC 391.110. I can’t find NAC 391.110. We had 25 candidates to chose from, wouldn’t it make more sense to hire someone who can get licensed? The top job went to Martinez who isn’t remarkable in any way, probably isn’t qualified to be a superintendent in NV, “isn’t licensed,” doesn’t have a PHD, left WCSD suddenly in the middle of the school year, and failed as CFO in CPS. His biggest asset seems to be the fact that he worked with Secretary of Education, Arnie Duncan, (Medill Northwestern article above).

NVAdvocate - 6/30/2012 10:01 AM
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Wow. First, let me apologize for the behavior of my bigoted neighbors. I hav no idea who you are, because I work in the trenches, for children with disabilities. We are quite familiar with the treatment you are receiving in these posts. If anything makes a parent want to flee it is this kind of unadulterated hatred. We get that. We experience it all the time from places you would least expect. So I will just say welcome. It matters not if we teach children to read and write and do math if all we have created is educated tyrants, or smart little sociopaths. Perhaps we could focus some energy on the learning of humanity.

sadteacher - 6/29/2012 7:24 PM
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This is a travesty. Nepotism at its ugliest. He has no experience in education and is not qualified. He will sit around, like Morrison, and do nothing but increase his own salary to over a quarter of a million dollars/yr in three years time, like Morrison, and, since Morrison already changed the WCSD logo and made up a lame slogan, Martinez will have nothing to do other than sit back and let the money roll in. I am disgusted, and I am sad to say, as a teacher for WCSD, that I can't wait to move away from this corrupt place. If parents in this city knew what was going on at the top, they might think about doing the same.

charlotte - 6/29/2012 5:42 PM
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Are you kidding me. We need someone who has been there and done that.If you havn't walked the walk you can't begin to understand what the children and the teachers NEED. Its bad enough with all the budget cuts. Please don't take away their education too .We need to look somemore for someone that is more qualified instead of just setteling.

1Kana - 6/29/2012 5:12 PM
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A non-teacher was hired to lead WCSD because he is Mexican! The head of the WCSD Trustees was interviewed by Ch 4 and when asked why a non-teacher was hired, he tap-danced for all he was worth - would absolutely not answer the question. We have to suck up to those Mexicans, never mind that there are better qualified people who have actually TAUGHT classes. I am disgusted. Jan

ImNoSpaz - 6/29/2012 4:42 PM
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Calm down folks, the only reason he was "picked" is because of his sir-name. Washoe County, Reno, Sparks.... all of Nevada is stepping up their pro-hispanic political thing. I have lots more to say on this matter but news4 will probably censor my post as they usually do. Like the other day after the Arizona article where they claimed to interview both sides. Interviewing p.l.a.n is both sides?

RUkiddingME - 6/29/2012 4:04 PM
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It goes to show you, it's not what you know, but who you know! This guy quit on Washoe after a year for greener pastures and now wants to come back! I'll bet Morrison was pushing for him so he would rent his old house before moving on to NC. I too am shocked to see that this guy was never an educator. Our school board is not about the students but rather personal political gain. Like most of the employees in the district say, good riddance Morrison, you are NC's problem now! I truly wish our school board had our "children’s" best interest at hand. Way to make Washoe County better, School Board! Hiring a quitter really shows our community what your integrity is! I am extremely disappointed in you School Board! You all need to go!

concerned - 6/29/2012 11:57 AM
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Sadly, we are going to be saddled with this less-than-qualified man as our school district's superintendent for years - - it doesn't seem hopeful that another district will pick up a leader who has absolutey no experience in EDUCATION. Kudos to WCSD for their splendid judgement! He spent less than a year here last trip, took a position he was not qualified for in Vegas, and now our Board feels like this makes for a superintendent making decisions that affect our children's future?? Sad, sad - he was their man from the very beginning. We, the parents and voters of Washoe County, need to recall every member of this board and put some leaders in place who will put our children as their number one priority - not politics or misguided loyalties - OUR CHILDREN DESERVE THEIR LOYALTY!!!

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