Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 20, 2013

Vranesh removed as Walnut Grove principal

School Board finds "merit" to complaints against him; seeking a replacement

by Glenn Wohltmann

In a marathon closed session that lasted nearly eight hours, the Pleasanton school board decided to replace Jon Vranesh as principal of Walnut Grove Elementary School.

In a statement made at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday morning after the closed session meeting, School District Board President Jamie Hintzke, reported, "In closed session by a 4 to 1 vote, the Board found merit to complaints filed against an administrator of the District. The Board has directed the Superintendent to issue a written decision to the Parties in this matter." Board member Valerie Arkin voted against the action.

In a statement to Walnut Grove Elementary parents released Wednesday, Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi wrote: "In a 4-1 vote, the board found merit to complaints against an administrator. The board instructed the superintendent to issue a written decision to the parties in this matter, and directed that a future meeting include an item on appointing a new principal of Walnut Grove Elementary School. We remain very limited in our ability to discuss this case publicly, but I wanted you to be aware of the results of last night's meeting, which lasted late into the night. Personnel matters take time and involve numerous measures to protect the privacy of those who file complaints and those who are the subject of complaints."

"There was not a dismissal or any disciplinary action," said Vranesh's attorney, H. Paul Kondrick. "We don't have a next step."

With the search for a new principal underway, is it unclear whether Vranesh's paid administrative leave will continue without resolution. Board and district officials did not return phone calls for comment and have not released any statement regarding how the matter will be resolved.

Because this is a developing story, updates will be available at PleasantonWeekly.com.

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