Eye-opening details of WCSD Superintendent’s new salary contract

moneyRENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) –The Washoe County School Board is receiving some backlash after approving a new salary contract for Superintendent Traci Davis. News 4’s Terri Hendry dug deeper into the agreement and shares information that you as a taxpayer will want to know.

The School District’s attorney Mike Malloy explained some of the rationale and reasons behind the figures in the contract. He admits the process in approving Davis’ as Interim, Superintendent and now her salary contract has been far from perfect. The contract gives her a base pay of $238 thousand a year with benefits critics say are too generous.

He responded to the statement, Trustees didn’t dislike her or take issue with her performance and that the issues and criticisms were all about the money saying, “It is always about the money. That’s the hard part and that’s why there’s sticker shock i’ll admit that.”

Davis was named Superintendent in July of 2015 but her new contract pays her as Superintent going back to October of 2014, when she became Interim. Malloy explains she never had a contract until now and she filled two jobs– that as Deputy Superintendent and Interim Superintendent. He said, “Her position was she should be compensated for doing both jobs at the same level.”

But Trustee Nick Smith said she should only be paid as Superintendent dating to last July when she received the job. He said when she was named Interim in October of 2014, she had agreed to an additional $3-thousand a month in compensation. He said, “I don’t agree with the additional money. If she had a problem with the $3,000 in compensation, she never brought it to the attention of the Board.” He added, “It has not been my practice as a business owner and manager that we’ve done that in Interim roles and when I talk to other leaders in the area, other big business owners, they’re saying that’s not a practice they have done either.”

Smith also opposes her $800 dollar a month car allowance, plus mileage. He said Davis had asked for a new car and he doesn’t buy the argument this car allowance saves the District money. He said, “Buying another vehicle would not have been fiscally responsible when the vehicle she has is driving is a fine vehicle for her now.”
That is right, she is currently driving a District vehicle.

We asked to speak to Superintendent Davis and we were told she is out of town. If she is on vacation, her contract does allow 25 days of paid vacation and 15 days of paid sick leave.

Smith said, “I know there is a lot of anger and emotion out there from some folks over how this thing played out, but remember its not the kids who did this.”

There is worry this vote could come back to haunt the school board. The district has raised the alarm over school overcrowding. Trustees are considering asking voters to approve a bond issue to build new schools and fix old ones. However, if there is a perception they’re not being fiscally responsible, the fear is the public may not offer support.

State press officer says Washoe County School Board violated law when it failed to issue a public notice prior to deciding behind closed doors to place Superintendent Pedro Martinez on paid leave

meeting noticeThe Washoe County School Board violated Nevada’s Open Meeting law when it failed to issue a public notice prior to deciding behind closed doors to place Superintendent Pedro Martinez on paid leave, Barry Smith, executive director of the Nevada Press Association said Wednesday.

Pedro Martinez lied

Six of the seven trustees on the school board decided Tuesday at a board workshop to relieve Pedro Martinez of his duties, but that item was not listed on the agenda.

Six of the seven trustees on the school board decided Tuesday at a board workshop to relieve Martinez of his duties, but that item was not listed on the agenda.

Board member Estela Gutierrez was at an academic conference and did not take part in the decision.

According to Nevada’s Open Meeting Law, as cited under NRS 241.031, “a public body shall not hold a closed meeting to consider the character, misconduct or competence” of certain public officers, including “a superintendent of a county school district.”

fired“They clearly violated the Open Meeting Law,” Smith said. “They are trying to bend their actions and contort them in order to justify what they did out of the eyes of the public, knowing full well that their responsibility under the law was to hold an open meeting.

“The bigger issue is that the trust the public has in an elected board’s members is that they will be honest and that they will be open,” he said. “But when they try to do things in private and try to get around the law, that just destroys people’s confidence in elected officials.”

All six members who took part in Tuesday’s decision to strip Martinez of his duties (Barbara Clark, the board’s president and board trustees Lisa Ruggerio, Barbara McLaury, Howard Rosenberg, Dave Aiazzi and John Mayer) did not return messages left on their telephones asking whether they believe they are in violation of the Open Meeting Law.

Earlier Wednesday, Clark had said that she did not mean to indicate Martinez had been terminated from his job as superintendent when she told reporters at Tuesday’s news conference that the trustees “would be meeting in the near future to find an interim” superintendent.

“We do need to discuss who is going to be stepping in and taking over those duties,” she said Wednesday. “So there are issues regarding relieving him of his duties. That is what I was talking about.”

Gutierrez, the lone trustee who was not at the school board’s Tuesday workshop, said it has become clear to her that her fellow trustees’ decision was to try to fire Martinez.

“The statement is that he has been ‘relieved of his duties,’ but the actions don’t equate to an administrative leave,” she said.

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Trumped up charges have been dropped against Larry Dailey, a parent who was WRONGFULLY arrested outside a Washoe County School Board meeting on June 11 2013

larry daileyCharges have been dropped against Larry Dailey, a parent who was arrested outside a Washoe County School Board meeting on June 11.Dailey was arrested for violating a trespass order given to him in February. The district has said it gave Dailey the trespass warning because he was harassing an employee over the phone about issues involving his daughter, who has autism.

“I’m not really into arguing against someone exercising their First Amendment rights,” Sparks City Attorney Chet Adams said.

Adams said there was not sufficient evidence to go forward. He said the district and Dailey are working toward a settlement.

“Of course I’m relieved that the charges were dropped, but the real crime was that the voice of a parent of a disabled child was silenced prior to the evaluation of the superintendent,” Dailey said in a dictated statement. “I look forward to the day when no disabled child’s voice is ever silenced again.” Continue reading