WCSD shuts offices as superintendent plans return

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RENO, NV (KOLO)-- Washoe County School District Superintendent Traci Davis says she plans to return to work Thursday after taking a leave of absence, as the school board considers her employment.

Acting Superintendent Kristen McNeill says out of concern for the staff, she is closing school district central office buildings A, B and C Thursday and Friday.

“The concern is that Ms. Davis and her attorney intend to create a disruptive confrontation at the expense of our District and Central Administration Staff,” McNeill said in a statement Wednesday. “Such tactics are abhorrent, and I am, therefore, doing all in my power as Acting Superintendent to protect you all and the interests of our District.

“Therefore, you are not to report to the Central Administration Offices tomorrow and Friday except for regularly scheduled School Police personnel,” the statement continued. “You will all receive your regular pay for the next two days. If you are able to work remotely, you should do so. If you have a need to be at your offices over the next two days, you can certainly do so. You will all resume your regular schedules on Monday, July 1, 2019.”

The school board is scheduled to review Davis’s job in an open meeting Monday.

Full memo from the acting superintendent:

Dear Central Staff –

As you are aware, there is a Board of Trustees Special Meeting scheduled for Monday, July 1, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. to discuss the future of Traci Davis with the District. Today, the District’s Office of the General Counsel received an email from Ms. Davis’s attorney stating that Ms. Davis intends to breach an agreement made between her attorney and the Office of the General Counsel that Ms. Davis will remain on a leave of absence for personal reasons pursuant to Board Policy 9082 until the July 1, 2019 Special Meeting. According to an email from Ms. Davis’s attorney received this afternoon, Ms. Davis intends to return to work tomorrow, Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Out of great care and concern for all of you and our District, I am closing the Central Administration Offices, Buildings A, B and C, until Monday, July 1, 2019.

The concern is that Ms. Davis and her attorney intend to create a disruptive confrontation at the expense of our District and Central Administration Staff. Such tactics are abhorrent, and I am, therefore, doing all in my power as Acting Superintendent to protect you all and the interests of our District.

Therefore, you are not to report to the Central Administration Offices tomorrow and Friday except for regularly scheduled School Police personnel. You will all receive your regular pay for the next two days. If you are able to work remotely, you should do so. If you have a need to be at your offices over the next two days, you can certainly do so. You will all resume your regular schedules on Monday, July 1, 2019.

You may see further details of this situation in the media tonight and I wanted to notify you all before it reached the media.

With great respect and care,

Kristen

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