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Official: Board backs superintendent

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By David Giuliani

The president of the Las Vegas City Schools board this week offered his support to Superintendent Rick Romero.

In so doing, he criticized a story in the Las Vegas Times that raised the possibility that board members were discussing firing Romero or buying out his contract, “depending on which board member you ask.”

“That’s a big lie,” President Phillip Vigil said at a board meeting.

Vigil was referring to the lead story titled, “RHS Superintendent to Resign?” in what many assumed was a defunct Las Vegas Times newspaper. The newspaper. run by Chris Lopez. used to be a weekly paper but hasn’t been published for more than a year.  

“Where that newspaper gets its information I do not know, but they are welcome to call me anytime, and I will answer his questions,” Vigil said.

Vigil said he has never asked Romero to step down and didn’t know of any other board member who had. None of the other members commented on the issue.

“We do support, Mr. Romero. I want you to know he is our superintendent, and he has not resigned,” Vigil said.

The Times story stated, “Depending on which board member you ask, it is disputable as to whether the board has talked in executive session about getting Romero out as superintendent or whether they will have to buy him out.”

Superintendent Romero told the Optic after the meeting that he was “very happy” with his job. He said he believes he has the support of the entire board.

The Times doesn’t list a phone number for which to seek comment.