LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– The Clark County School Board of Trustees voted Thursday night to throw out their previous vote to terminate Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara.
The board voted 4-3 on two motions that essentially wiped out its previous vote in October to fire the superintendent.
On Oct. 28, the trustees voted 4-3 to terminate his contract for convenience, meaning they did not have to give a reason. Jara who has been the superintendent since 2018 was to leave the job on Dec. 1.
School board lawyer Mary-Anne Miller says “there is a possibility he will not accept.” Jara was not present at the meeting.
The board also voted in favor of hiring an outside expert to look into the allegations of a hostile work environment at the executive and administrative levels of the district.
Dr. Jara’s attorneys sent a demand letter to CCSD accusing the board of retaliation and bullying. Dr. Jara’s attorneys are asking the district for a settlement of $2 million.
“I don’t see where this agenda item is clear enough to make a motion. I kept looking for specifics or reference material on this, but there are none,” said Linda Cavazos. “I don’t see where this agenda item is clear enough to make a motion. I kept looking for specifics or reference material on this, but there are none.”
Things got heated earlier in the evening as a woman was removed by security after she and others got angry when the time for public comment on non-agenda items ended. The board has asked the attendees to write their comments instead.
Another person disrupted the meeting. This time it was during the public comment section where the board requested for approval of the appointment of a Sex Education Advisory Committee within CCSD.
The board meeting went into the early hours of Friday ending just before 2 a.m.
Board members did vote in favor of postponing the search for an interim superintendent until Jara lets them know if he will remain in his post.