‘There has not been a lot of transparency in the process,’ CCSD Board of Trustees President addresses Jara’s claims

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – CCSD Board of Trustees President Linda Cavazos in a press conference Monday, addressed the claims made by Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara’s in what she labeled a “leaked demand letter” that was obtained by 8 News Now on Sunday. In the letter Dr. Jara’s attorneys accused the Board of Trustees of a hostile work environment, harassment, and retaliation.

President Linda Cavazos addressed several of the allegations and the efforts to move forward after the turbulent events that transpired in the past two weeks.

Board President Cavazos started the news conference by apologizing to the community saying that the focus needs to change and instead be centered on “achievement, accessibility, accountability and about accomplishment.”

Cavazos said she was surprised of the “bullying” and “hostile work environment” allegations made by Dr. Jara; she confidently reassured the public that she did not believe any of the board members had leaked the confidential letter that Dr. Jara’s attorneys sent the District on Friday.

Another concern on top of Cavazos’ mind is a potential revote on Dr. Jara’s termination. She explained that for this to happen, there would have to be a vote on whether to add the item to the agenda for a revote. If the board does move forward with this, the vote could take place on the same evening.

Cavazos was also asked how the board would move forward if Jara is reinstated. “Working with him is going to be, I think, an individual question that all of us are going to have to ask. We are not here talking about allegations, we want achievement and accessibility,” Cavazos added.

Addressing Dr. Jara’s firing, Cavazos noted that he was terminated for “convenience” and denied the superintendent’s allegation that noted she had “suggested in a text publicly” that his termination was “supported by good cause.” Cavazos said that terminating the superintendent under “convenience” did not obligate them to give a reason for his termination.

Cavazos also denied the superintendent’s claims that his firing was an act “retaliation” when he called a “closed session meeting” on Oct. 28 to address the “hostile work environment” and “harassment” to the board. Cavazos said the meeting called by Dr. Jara before the board’s regularly scheduled meeting was a typical business meeting where various matters, including lawsuits and contract negotiations are discussed, thus suggesting that Dr. Jara’s “retaliatory” claims were false.

The turbulent and divisive actions from the CCSD Board Trustees have raised concerns from the community and educators. The Board of Trustee President did acknowledge that the board was divided but that efforts to rectify this with conflict resolution and team-building activities and retreats were planned prior to the events that unfolded in past weeks.

The entirety of CCSD Board Trustee President Linda Cavazos’ news conference is linked at the top of this story.

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