Breaking: WCSD Trustee Scott Kelley resigns after divorce details become public

This is a breaking news story that will be updated as more information becomes available. The RGJ has reached out to Kelley about remaining on the Nov. ballot. 

Washoe County School Board Trustee Scott Kelley is resigning but if he plans to serve if elected in November is still unclear. 

He sent a statement to the Reno Gazette Journal just after 11 a.m. Thursday announcing he is resigning from his current and second term.

“Resigning ensures that the final months of my divorce don’t distract the amazing staff at Washoe County School District, who are working so hard to ensure school reopening is safe and successful,” he said in his statement. 

“Unfortunately, there are no due process rights afforded to any individual under these circumstances.”

Kelley’s name will remain on the ballot and if elected, the board could appoint his replacement if he were to resign again. The RGJ reached out to Kelley on if he plans to resign if elected in November as his resignation statement suggested he may still plan to serve on the board for a third term.

He has not immediately responded to a request for comment. 

In his statement he said, “My name will remain on the ballot in November and I’m hopeful my constituents in District A will consider the facts and circumstances surrounding disclosure of the false and inflammatory allegations when casting their vote.”

School Board President Malena Raymond said in a statement Wednesday night that Kelley had until 8 a.m. Thursday to resign or she would call a special meeting on Sept. 3 to discuss next steps.

The resignation request by Raymond follows a story done by This is Reno that dove into Kelley’s divorce filings. 

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In documents, including emails Kelley sent to his wife, he accuses her of extramarital affairs and admitted to using a GPS device to track where she went. 

He also admits to having a sexual relationship with a person he identifies as a stripper. 

Kelley represents district A, which includes schools in south Reno and Incline Village. 

He easily took the lead in the June primary with 33 percent of the vote. His opponent in the November general election is Jeffrey Church, who has been an outspoken critic of the district and the board. 

It is the second time a board member has resigned in the last five years. Washoe School District Trustee Nick Smith resigned in 2016 after being accused of misconduct with a high school student when he was the manager at a Sizzler restaurant in Sparks. 

Scott Kelley

SCOTT KELLEY RESIGNATION STATEMENT

After personal reflection and with a heavy heart, I am resigning from my second term on the Washoe County School Board.

The decision by ThisIsReno to publicize my divorce and compromise my family’s privacy makes resignation the best resolution under the circumstances. The current political climate makes it impossible for me to be viewed as innocent until proven guilty. 

Unfortunately, there are no due process rights afforded to any individual under these circumstances.

Resigning ensures that the final months of my divorce don’t distract the amazing staff at Washoe County School District, who are working so hard to ensure school reopening is safe and successful.

I like to joke that my years as a U.S. Army paratrooper and war veteran prepared me for the rigors of School Board. It’s a thankless job, but one that I love.

My name will remain on the ballot in November and I’m hopeful my constituents in District A will consider the facts and circumstances surrounding disclosure of the false and inflammatory allegations when casting their vote.

Thank you, Scott Kelley

Siobhan McAndrew tells stories about the people of Northern Nevada and covers education in Washoe County. Read her journalism right here. Consider supporting her work by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal