Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Purge Should Begin at Washoe County School District

The editors at the Reno Gazette-Journal are justifiably angry over the Martinez debacle, and they call upon the five Board members not resigning to call it a day and get the hell out.

However, not just the board members should resign, but all of the district's lawyers because they encourage such illegality in order to force a lawsuit, a settlement, and then a gag order. That sort of thing is SOP in school districts, which is why I say the law is toilet paper to them. This is a perversion of what the legal system is supposed to be used for, not to mention a perversion of what stewards of the taxpayer money are supposed to be doing.

This district has done this for years in order to protect administrators who are part of the good old boy network, and that network needs to be completely and totally purged, starting at the principal level, because that is where most of the problems lie.

The editorial stopped short of calling the Board crooked, but the insinuation is hard to miss.

It's time now for the remaining five trustees (Gutierrez is not running for re-election; Dave Aiazzi has said he will resign for health reasons) to admit that they no longer have the moral authority nor the confidence of the community that is essential to their acting in the best interests of the students, staff and taxpayers of Washoe County.

They should resign their offices and allow the district to wipe the slate clean for a fresh start, not because they fired a superintendent — popular or not, superintendents often are fired; that's the nature of the job — but because they no longer can do the job they were elected to do. Those who broke the system can't be relied on to put it back together.

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