Washoe County benches school superintendent

Pedro Martinez, the former deputy superintendent of Clark County School District who resigned in 2012 to become superintendent of Washoe County School District, has been relieved of duty “effective immediately,” according to the Northern Nevada school system.

“For legal reasons, we cannot share specific details,” read a short statement released by the Washoe district on Tuesday that announced Martinez “has been relieved of his duties as superintendent.”

As the Washoe County School Board considers its options, Deputy Superintendent Traci Davis will oversee educational programs and Chief of Staff Kristen McNeill will supervise operations.

Martinez has led Washoe schools for two years and was previously a deputy superintendent there before a one-year run in Clark County schools. He earned $158,796 as a deputy superintendent in Southern Nevada. He received a large raise by taking the helm of the Washoe district, succeeding Heath Morrison who left to lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. Washoe hired Martinez as superintendent at a starting salary of $238,000.

The Washoe district has 63,000 students, about 8,000 employees and is about one-fifth the size of the Clark County School District.

Contact Trevon Milliard at or 702-383-0279. Find him on Twitter: @TrevonMilliard.

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