LAS VEGAS -- Two Clark County school officials decided they will settle an ethics investigation against them rather than testify.
The I-Team has learned the school board president and the associate superintendent proposed a settlement to the Nevada State Commission on Ethics.
School board president Carolyn Edwards and associate superintendent Joyce Haldeman allegedly used taxpayer funded resources to campaign in the 2012 election. While they continue to deny doing anything wrong, the ethics commission director tells the I-Team that both are willing to take a deal.
The ethics complaint accused Edwards and Haldeman of misusing taxpayer dollars. The pair used school district equipment to send an email and a flyer promoting a 2012 property tax ballot question. The tax was meant to pay for school repairs. Voters rejected it.
Edwards' attorney argued her campaign actions cost the school district less than a dollar. But the Nevada Policy Research Institute countered that expense of taxpayer dollars for political campaigns is illegal.
The ethics commission planned to hold a full hearing with testimony and documents later this month. What Edwards and Haldeman are proposing, because the settlement, is not known. It will first be discussed to the commission behind closed doors.
The I-Team will get information on the terms of the settlement when the commission votes on it Nov. 20.
Edwards and her attorney have not returned calls from the I-Team.
Clark County School District officials say they can not comment on the issue because it involves legal matters.