Washoe School Board to review superintendent's job

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RENO, NV (KOLO)-- The Washoe County School Board has scheduled a special meeting for July 1 to consider the future of Superintendent Traci Davis.

The statement released Friday from School Board President Katy Simon Holland said the board will “consider the character, alleged misconduct and/or professional competence” of Davis, who took a leave of absence on Wednesday.

“This item is being placed on the agenda based upon evidence and information that has been brought forward by multiple parties,” the statement said. “The District staff and Board have a legal duty to act in the best interests of the District and protect its safety and security, fiscal stability, staff, students, and families.”

The statement said when Davis took a leave of absence she did not explicitly state her reasons for doing so. Discussions with Davis’ lawyer have not helped, the statement said.

“I have reviewed the substantial evidence received by the School District, and after Ms. Davis’ lack of timely response, I feel the Board needs to discuss her communication to the District and this evidence, in an open public meeting and possibly take action.” Simon Holland said in the statement.

Among the allegations are that she inappropriately shared information about a school district employee under investigation.

Prior to Davis taking the leave, the board told her they were going to consider her future with the district, the statement said.

The agenda also includes an item to appoint Deputy Superintendent Kristen McNeill as acting or interim superintendent.

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Statement from the Washoe County School District
June 21, 2019


Katy Simon Holland, President of the Washoe County School District (District) Board of Trustees (Board), posted an agenda today for a special meeting of the Board for 8:00 a.m. on July 1, 2019.  


At the special meeting, the Board will consider an agenda item to consider the character, alleged misconduct and/or professional competence and future of Ms. Traci Davis.  This item is being placed on the agenda based upon evidence and information that has been brought forward by multiple parties. The District staff and Board  have a legal duty to act in the best interests of the District and protect its safety and security, fiscal stability, staff, students, and families.


On June 13, 2019, the Board President noticed Davis that a special meeting would occur regarding her status with the District.  Shortly thereafter, Davis took a leave of absence for personal reasons pursuant to Board Policy 9082. She did not explicitly supply her reasons for the leave. On June 21, 2019, the Board again noticed Ms. Davis that the Board would consider her character, alleged misconduct and/or professional competence.


“I have reviewed the substantial evidence received by the School District, and after Ms. Davis’ lack of timely response, I feel the Board needs to discuss her communication to the District and this evidence, in an open public meeting and possibly take action.” said Simon Holland.  


 “Our legal counsel hoped that discussions with Ms. Davis’ legal counsel would lead to a quick and reasonable outcome with Ms. Davis for the benefit of the District. I wanted to be respectful of her privacy and give her a few days to decide what she wanted to do in light of the substantial evidence, which the District had been given. However, during that personal leave of absence when the District was expecting a response, she and her legal counsel failed to comply with the most basic requests for a timely response, and it became clear that the District was possibly being harmed by their actions. At no time did the Board take any action or vote, in private or otherwise, regarding her employment.


“These were reasons why I didn’t share specifics and details of our situation at the time,” continued Simon Holland. “The District’s counsel discussed the issue with them hoping for resolution that would not harm the District. District counsel has provided information to me which I feel shows a reasonable conclusion that at minimum was recklessly negligent supervision and gross misconduct on her part.”


The special meeting posted on the District’s website includes a meeting packet that has Davis’ contract, the discovery provided in a federal case the School District was named in, the June 13, 2019 Notice to Davis, and the June 21, 2019 Amended Notice.


 By law, Davis’ contract is public and must be discussed publicly, unlike other District employees.