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Superintendent accused of leaking confidential information

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Published: Jun. 24, 2019 at 6:28 PM PDT
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A special meeting of the Washoe County School Board has been called for next week to decide the future of Superintendent

, who has been accused of leaking confidential information to aid a lawsuit against the district.

Some of the names in the letter informing Davis of the special meeting have been redacted, but it's clear in its accusations.

The suit was brought by Jenny Ricci, who was appointed to head the district's special education programs in 2015.

She was fired after disputes with a number of school principals over her contention that the district was violating the law in how it handled special needs students, saying the district had low expectations for them, and was inappropriately segregating them.

Ricci and Chief of Student Services Byron Green were accused of harassment and bullying. He was retained. She said her termination was sex discrimination.

Last week, the district announced Green and Chief of Staff David Lasic were fired and Davis was on indefinite administrative leave, it was said at her request.

In a brief interview, school board President Katy Simon Holland added little to the official announcement, including whether the actions had anything to do with special education or the lawsuit.

But the letter from the district to Davis accuses her of "deliberately, wantonly, willfully, recklessly and/or with gross negligence" providing information through other parties to aid Ricci's lawsuit.

Her attorney, Bill Peterson, says he's made two settlement offers to the district, but has had no response.

He has 20 minutes at next Monday's meeting to argue her case. He says her contract leaves her little option in this case but to go to the courts, which is where, he fears, this is headed.

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