A former administrator at Hug High in Reno has been vocal about her battle with the Washoe County School District for her job. Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has been following this story and spoke to KUNR News Director Michelle Billman about recent developments.
Trina Olsen arrived at Hug High School as an assistant principal in the fall of 2016. A 22-year Washoe County School District employee, she advanced from a board-certified teacher into an administrative position as a dean of students at two different high schools where she oversaw discipline and school safety
Then came the 14-year-old student who arrived at Hug armed with knives and was critically injured when he was shot by a school police officer. The Reno Police Department has yet to release a final report nearly two years later, according to school district spokesperson Victoria Campbell.
After the incident, Olsen said she raised concerns about campus safety, lack of student discipline, and she begged for help and assistance to meet job demands. She said her concerns were repeatedly ignored.
By July of 2017, she was placed on administrative leave, and remained on leave for a year, at a cost to the district of about $120,000. She was ultimately fired by the district.
KUNR spoke to ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad who has been following this story. He’s reached out to the school district on several occasions. District officials have not responded to multiple interview and information requests, explaining that this is a personnel matter they can’t discuss.
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