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October 31, 2014

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Ethics panel rules no willful violation by CCSD officials

The state Ethics Commission has ruled there were nonwillful violations by members of the Clark County School Board in using school facilities to promote passage of a property tax issue.

The commission and the School Board members entered into a stipulation Wednesday that does not impose any penalty.

The board in 2012 proposed raising the property tax to pay for renovation of exiting schools and building new ones. It was defeated by voters.

The issue involved board members using school facilities such as emails to promote the issue.

In an earlier case, the commission also entered into a stipulation that there was a nonwillful violation of the ethics law by School Board President Carolyn Edwards and Associate Superintendent Joyce Haldeman. The district was reimbursed for any expense.

Commission Executive Director Caren Jenkins said the six other members of the School Board asked for an opinion on their behavior and agreed to the stipulation.

They were Erin Cranor, Deanna Wright, Chris Garvey and Linda Young and former trustees Rene Cantu and Lorraine Alderman.

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