WCSD Superintendent Pedro Martinez relieved of duties

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Updated: 7/23/2014 5:08 pm
UPDATE: 6:28 p.m.
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Jon Ralston, of Ralston Reports, has tweeted a possible reason Pedro Martinez has been relieved of his duties.

Ralston tweeted: "Good source: Washoe Superintendent Martinez was accused of misrepresenting his credentials, was escorted out of his office."

Then, Ralston tweeted a possible confirmation: "Martinez confirms story I was told: 'There is no basis for it. They completely violated my contract.' He is hiring a lawyer."

Ralston tweeted further, "Martinez says allegations surround whether he has misrepresented himself as CPA. He also said skl (school) officials 'harassed me, threatening, how bad this would be for me and my family (if he did not leave).' This is going to be very ugly."

RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Effective immediately, Pedro Martinez has been relieved of his duties as superintendent of the Washoe County School District. The WCSD Board of Trustees is in discussions with Mr. Martinez, and for legal reasons, specific details cannot be disclosed.
For a short period of time, as the Board of Trustees considers its options, the district will be led by co-managers-Deputy Superintendent Traci Davis, who will oversee educational programs, and Chief of Staff Kristen McNeill, who will oversee operations.

According to WCSD officials, the decision was based on discussion that began today and is not related to the firing of former WCSD Police Chief Mike Mieras.

Board member Howard Rosenberg confirmed the decision, saying that Martinez's release and the Mike Mieres situation are two completely separate situations, and are not related in anyway. Rosenberg said that this is a personnel issue, and is not at liberty to discuss the details.
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sierra11 - 7/24/2014 5:02 PM
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Quit deleting my comments NV4, Reality needs to be said by someone. Where the hell is all the "smart" history scholar's right about now! We have crossed over the bridge of Germany in 1939, it's 1940 and all the Educational institutes are being destroyed and there is not one educated idiot that can see it! History is repeating itself...........not one moron can see it coming!

sierra11 - 7/24/2014 4:53 PM
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Since when does a Doctorate's Degree qualify for a top position anyway! Does a thesis paper automatically teach someone to lead, hell no. A Sheriff or Chief should be a COP first and a computer nerd second! A Superintendent should be a TEACHER first and a CPA second! How do you expect to fix a problem if these people can't see what's broke at ground level. I'm sure the Chief had contingency plans, just cause they where not logged into a computer doesn't mean they were not effective. Great, now they will hire a computer programmer not a Chief! Top heavy bureaucracy, no wonder Nevada is ranked second to lowest in the Nation. Stop catering to English as a Second language and maybe our States test scores will improve! And it is no secret that the majority of teachers refuse to grade homework on there own time. If Teachers feel they are not paid enough for there work, maybe they should have gone after a more specific Degree! Are the Colleges telling student's they will become rich being a teacher? I think we all know the answer to that one.

knownative - 7/24/2014 3:03 PM
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...if what martinez says is true(trustee intimidating him to resign) then the board is violating its own policy regarding bullies. also, barbara clark has a J.D. from san diego st., and should know better than to violate the state's open meeting law. the trustees are leaving both themselves and the school district open to big $ actions.

CoffeeRoaster - 7/23/2014 9:12 PM
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Does anyone else find it funny how the Board Members decided to have the meeting while Gutierrez was out of town.. Could it have been a racial thing, or was it just a coincidence that she was out of town when they decided to fire him?

Gary Marks - 7/23/2014 7:52 PM
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The problem now is, so much ill will has been created by the hastily-considered (and most probably wrongful) action of the trustees that I find it hard to see how Martinez and the board can ever work well together in the future. So for better or worse, Martinez will be gone, and the bill for the school board's action and ultimate legal settlement will fall to the taxpayers. Maybe this will be a lesson to future voters in how expensive the actions of their duly elected school board members can be. At least one trustee, Estela Gutierrez, luckily escapes any blame because she was out of town and not consulted while the "Hasty Six" met behind closed doors. Maybe she could been the voice of reason in the room, but I guess we'll never know.

genuinegenious - 7/23/2014 4:39 PM
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Pedro may be a nice man, he also may have a CPA, but he is not a leader and has exceptionally poor speaking skills. This district has so many ineffective principles it's an embarrassment, but he refuses to fire them. I would not have hired him in the first place, but I do think this situation could have been handled with a lot more professionalism...maybe this could be a wake-up call..we need someone who isn't a member of the "club"... Everyone knows how insestuous this district is, they even laugh about it. To the board of trustees...hire someone who will clean house and put ALL of the student's interest ahead of the administration.

SuperNinja - 7/23/2014 2:24 PM
1 Vote
Karma at its finest...

judgejudy - 7/23/2014 2:21 PM
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BOO to the WCSD School Board!! Obviously the WCSD School Board doesn't have a clue on the good happening in the district because of Pedro. They are unjustly firing him and are going to cost taxpayers tons of money for their incompetence and arrogance. All besides Guiterriz owe the public an apology and an explanation for such a decision. In fact, they all should step down.

keastman - 7/23/2014 9:50 AM
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online at the time of Martinez hiring was his resume. I took another look at it today. Nowhere in the resume does it state he is a licensed CPA. Martinez was doing his job. Many areas very well. Some needed improvement but he seemed open to improving. His areas of need was communicating and getting assistance from the board on day to day parent issues (ie: Dailey). If this was purely based on the CPA credentials then the board may have cost the school district over half a million to buyout his contract. Why would he need to be a CPA anyways? Read his resume. This is not his first large budget to oversee. Nothing about mismanaging the budget has ever been stated or perceived. If they were interviewing him today and he had the same previous employment background without being a CPA, they still would have hired him. This is just a bureaucratic ploy to remove him because they don't like when he makes big boy decisions without there input.

Localyoocal - 7/23/2014 7:33 AM
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Karma. Now keep going and weed out the useless ones in the schools too.

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