WAGON MOUND, N.M. (AP) — 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.

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

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