Washoe County School Board Trustee Scott Kelley said he will release a statement this morning but likely not before the 8 a.m. deadline asking him to resign.
He would not say on Thursday if he plans to resign but early on Wednesday told the Reno Gazette Journal he would not resign and planned to attend the next board meeting on Sept. 8.
School Board President Malena Raymond said 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.
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.
Kelley is running for re-election and 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.
The school board can’t oust one of its own and he could only be removed from office by a recall, which would require filing a notice of intent with the Washoe County Registrar of Voters after receiving a notice of intent from the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office.
The recall must contain signatures of at least 25 percent of the number of voters who cast ballots countywide the year the candidate was elected.
An online petition calling for him to resign on Change.org circulated on Facebook Wednesday. As of Thursday morning, it had 350 signatures.
School board president:Trustee Kelley must resign by 8 a.m. Thursday or meeting will follow
Full statement sent Wednesday night from Malena Raymond
Following conversations with the other Trustees individually, it became clear to me that in the best interests of the Washoe County School District, Trustee Kelley should immediately resign. I want to make it clear that I did not poll the Board of Trustees nor did I take an informal vote. This is not a decision I take lightly. However, his actions clearly lack integrity and call into question his trustworthiness. In my professional experience working for a domestic violence organization, I find some of his behaviors worrisome and inappropriate for someone entrusted with decisions that impact the well-being of the students and staff of the Washoe County School District.
If Trustee Kelley chooses not to resign before 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 27, I will call for a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Thursday, September 3 at 4 p.m. to discuss next steps.
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