WAGON MOUND, N.M. — A northeastern New Mexico school district is locked in a legal battle with its superintendent after an ineligible board member voted on her contract.

A two-month Las Vegas Optic investigation found (https://goo.gl/hAhxaJ) the Wagon Mound Public Schools board had two ineligible board members within the past three years, further complicating the ongoing court fight.

Wagon Mound Public Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez recently sued the school district of roughly 70 students after the board voted to invalidate a previous board vote on her contract because of an ineligible board member.

The Optic discovered former board member Tammie Avent was never a registered voter in Mora County, where the district is located. Another former board member, Debbie Coca, was told she was ineligible to serve because she lived in another town.

This story has been corrected to reflect that Wagon Mound is located in northeastern New Mexico.

Information from: Las Vegas Optic, http://www.lasvegasoptic.com

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