Nearly two weeks after Robertson High School volleyball coach Stacy Fulgenzi was suddenly suspended from coaching and teaching, the Las Vegas Public Schools finally got around to speaking with her about the situation.
Fulgenzi led the Cardinals to a 13-3 record, 6-0 in District 2-3A and the top ranking in the NMOT coaches poll before her suspension last month.
“They still haven’t told me what the exact allegations are,” Fulgenzi said. “I met with investigator (Thursday). I provided all kinds of paperwork. … For them to just go to this extreme without ever letting me explain what was going on, I don’t understand.”
LVPS officials suspended Fulgenzi – a Robertson graduate – on Oct. 21 and have remained mum about the issues surrounding the situation. After failing to return a reporter’s phone calls the prior week, superintendent Larryssa Archuleta sent an email Wednesday: “I appreciate your inquiry. The Las Vegas City Schools is not at liberty to discuss personnel issues. Thank you.” She did not respond to additional email questions.
It was the same message she delivered to the players, several parents and other students Monday at an impromptu meeting with Archuleta. “I do not appreciate being filmed,” she told one student who was posting live to Facebook.
“I appreciate you taking the time to show your support,” she said before the video briefly cut off. “How our procedures go, it is a personnel matter. And that is all I can share with you. That’s it. But I welcome the overwhelming support. It is great to see that happen in our schools and our school district, but unfortunately that is all I can share.”
She refused to answer additional questions from players or parents.
The situation has Fulgenzi baffled.
“It has put a whole damper on the entire season,” she said. “I feel like I’ve been targeted. I’m being treated like criminal and it’s so humiliating. I’m not allowed to be on district property. I’m just in limbo. It’s so hurtful for everything I’ve done. My kids are my main goal. To be treated like this, to be told you can’t be around the kids and be around the district property, to mess around with somebody’s life like this, I can’t understand.”