Lack of Confidence
|The group that organized the successful effort to defeat the September Washoe County School Bond this week demanded the resignation of Mary Nebgen, the district's superintendent of schools.|
Associated for Responsible Education in our Schools
(CARES) cited a lack of confidence in the ability of the
district staff and present school board to oversee an
independent management performance audit of district
The independent audit was part of an agreement CARES negotiated with local business groups, including the Greater Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce before the September primary election vote. The agreement was in return for CARES agreeing to support the school district's $196 million bond issue proposal.
The Washoe County School Board at its Sept 24 meeting approved a request for proposals from firms interest in performing an audit of the district's management and operations. However, CARES said that school board departed from the pre-primary agreement by allowing the school administration to seek proposals and conduct the audit outside of the fiscal advisory committee process.
"The school board's decision is in direct conflict with the intent and language of the agreement," said CARES chairperson Jim Clark.
"When we made the agreement, it was with the clear understanding that the management performance audit would be done in a manner which provided some assurances that it would be fair, independent and unbiased.
"It now appears that the district's administration,
with the approval of the school board, is
attempting to subvert the process."
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