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Clark County school board reverses firing of superintendent

November 19, 2021 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The school board for metro Las Vegas voted early Friday to reverse its decision to fire Superintendent Jesus Jara, though it wasn’t immediately known whether he still wants the job.

With one Clark County School District trustee changing her mind from the the Oct. 28 vote to terminate Jara, the board voted 4-3 at about 12:30 a.m. to reinstate his contract after first voting to reconsider the firing.

With the other trustees sticking to their previous positions on firing Jara, Irene Cepeda explained her reversal by saying the district needs stability and “stability comes from consistency.”

Jara was not present for the meeting, which lasted over six hours. His contract expires in January 2023 including a contract extension in May.

A lawyer for Jara sent the board a letter earlier this month demanding $2 million in compensation on accusations that some trustees created a hostile work environment for the superintendent.

The board voted to hire an outside consultant to investigate the allegations.

In its Oct. 28 vote, the board didn’t provide a detailed explanation for firing Jara, only saying that the termination was “for convenience.”