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Judge: Washoe Trustees, Martinez Should Part Ways

A judge has recommended that the Washoe County School Board buy out Superintendent Pedro Martinez because relations between the two parties have soured so much.

Trustees are scheduled to review a plan Tuesday to pay Martinez 15 months of salary and benefits that he would have earned if he carried out his full contract. The board can determine his last work day, which could be as late as Dec. 22. Martinez would agree to dismiss a lawsuit against the board if they pay his $80,000 in attorneys' fees.

Tensions stem from the board's decision July 22 to fire Martinez after questioning him about his status as a certified public accountant. He later returned to the job. The Nevada Attorney General determined state open meeting laws were violated in the firing.

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