Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Washoe County School District Gossip: Pedro Martinez "Relieved" of Duties

It appears the "good old boy" network has exacted its revenge on Superintendent Pedro Martinez, and apparently he has been sacked by the Board of Trustees. Either that or the rumor about Martinez and I think some textbook publishing thing or something--I can't remember the details--was true. The board has denied the Mieras firing had anything to do with Martinez being fired.

The board is not saying anything about it and can't because of legal reasons.

Pedro Martinez, a CPA by trade and not a school administrator, was hired back in 2009 or early 2010 or something by then-superintendent Heath Morrison. He worked for Chicago Public Schools under Arne Duncan, which should have been a red flag. After about a year or so with Morrison, Martinez was fired and moved down to Clark County School District to work in a job he was completely unqualified to take. After Morrison went on to greener pastures in North Carolina, the WCSD board inexplicably hired Martinez back as superintendent despite his total lack of qualifications.

He did try to make changes, but I think the system is just too entrenched that he could do anything about it. Then the Mieras thing caused a huge outcry, and suddenly he gets dumped.

From the article:

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.


The WCSD tweet:

"Effective immediately, Pedro Martinez has been relieved of his duties as superintendent of the Washoe County School District. We are in discussions with Mr. Martinez, and for legal reasons, we cannot share specific details.

"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.

"The structure remains in place for the daily operations of the school district, and our 8,000 employees remain dedicated-as they always have been-to the education and well-being of our 63,000 students.

"The Board of Trustees' primary responsibility is the governance of the school district, while keeping the trust of the public, and above all, ensuring the well-being of our children and staff."

Predictably cryptic.

The decision blindsided everybody, including one board member who wasn't present for the vote.

It'll be interesting what the rumor mill has to say as to the reason.

Update: In the following post I talk about what the Reno Gazette-Journal says may have happened.

He should have worked for LA Unified. Lying about your credentials is no barrier to employment as administrator there.





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