School Superintendent Todd Pehrson

Elko County School Superintendent Todd Pehrson discussed legislative issues that could impact local schools, gave an update on the construction of Liberty Peak Elementary in Spring Creek, and responded to concerns about the school district policy that critics say discriminates against transgender students.

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