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Ex-Washoe County School Boss Up For Clark County Principal


LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former Washoe County School District superintendent who was fired this summer is up for a principal's job in Las Vegas.

Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara says Traci Davis is the "top choice" to fill the vacant principal position at West Prep Academy, which serves students K-12.

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"I am extremely excited to recommend a proven leader to turnaround West Prep Academy," Jara said in a statement this week.

He said the recommendation was based in part on feedback from the Clark County district's school organization team, including input from parents and educators.

The northern Nevada district based in Reno fired Davis for misconduct on July 1.

The school board voted to terminate Davis after it said an internal investigation found substantial evidence she played a role in the leaking of confidential documents related to an earlier lawsuit involving special education department leaders.

Davis, who became the first African American named Washoe County school superintendent in 2015, denied any wrongdoing and said she was the victim of a "witch hunt." She has filed a lawsuit against the district alleging breach of contract.

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The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday another former Washoe County school official who was fired in connection with that dispute has been hired in Clark County. Ex-Chief of Student Services Byron Green is now a music teacher at Vegas Verdes Elementary School.

Two Reno television stations first reported Wednesday that Davis had interviewed for the job in Clark County.

She tweeted: "I'm so excited! About to make magic again with a group of amazing individuals! Many are called... but few are chosen!"

The Washoe County School Board voted last week to hire a private consulting firm to lead the search for a new superintendent overseeing schools in the Reno-Sparks area.


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