In a turn of events that could only be authored in Española, the school district’s superintendent fired Española Valley High School head boys basketball coach Richard Martinez on Wednesday afternoon – and then the superintendent resigned a few hours later.
It was not immediately clear if Bobbie Gutierrez’s termination of Martinez would remain on the books, given her own situation.
The Journal was able to confirm that Martinez was fired by Gutierrez midafternoon Wednesday. But by sundown, Gutierrez – who has been under duress from the community because of her handling of the Martinez situation – tendered her resignation to the Española Public Schools board of directors some four hours later.
That resignation was to go into effect May 6, but the board, by a 3-2 vote, decided to place Gutierrez on leave effective immediately and appoint an interim superintendent.