Former WCSD Superintendent files lawsuit after termination

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Former Washoe County School District superintendent Traci Davis filed a lawsuit Friday over the school board's termination of her contract back in July.

The lawsuit filed August 30, 2019, names the School District, the Board of Trustees and Board President Katy Simon Holland.

The complaint charges breach of contract, breach of good faith concerning Davis' contract, violation of Nevada's open meeting laws, violation of due process and depriving Davis of her occupation. Holland is also accused of conspiracy.

The school board voted 6-1 in favor of terminating Davis' contract, with Trustee Jacqueline Calvert voting against the move. Davis' dismissal follows accusations stemming from a lawsuit filed by a former employee who headed the district's special education programs. That employee's lawsuit alleged the district wasn't following the law regarding the education of special needs students. She was fired and filed suit.

School district attorney Neil Rombardo issued a statement Friday night saying the district had not been served with the lawsuit.

“I am confident that the WCSD acted in an open, transparent, and fair manner that met due process and did not violate her contract," Rombardo said in the statement. "We do not litigate in the press, so I will not comment further except to say the legal team looks forward to defending the District in Court.”

Holland has said in the past, the district has evidence Davis leaked or allowed confidential information to be leaked in support of that lawsuit.

Davis's attorney disputes that charge, saying there is no evidence Davis shared any confidential information.

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