Former Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Jon Vranesh, who was placed on administrative leave Oct. 25, has filed a formal claim against the Pleasanton Unified School District.
A 17-page letter dated April 16 informed the school board members and Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi of Vranesh's "claims for money damages and injunctive and other relief against your local public or other entity, for amounts totaling significantly in excess of $10,000..." The Pleasanton Weekly obtained a copy of the letter this week.
Claims are generally required before a lawsuit for money damages can be brought against a public entity.
The letter states that "PUSD and its agents and employees defamed Jon Vranesh" by "making or publishing false statement(s)," and by "making statements to third persons that disparaged Jon Vranesh's skills and services, especially to the public." It also claims Vranesh's right to privacy was violated.
In addition to naming the district, Ahmadi and assistant superintendent Luz Cazares, the claim also names the president of the Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT), Peggy Carpenter, as allegedly conspiring to "intentionally interfere" with the employment contract and the economic relationship between Vranesh and the district.
Carpenter did not respond to requests for comment.
Vranesh was placed on administrative leave Oct. 25 for allegedly creating a hostile work environment. He is currently an "itinerant principal." His contract for an administrator's position in the district was not renewed for the 2014-15 school year.
The district's attorney, Kim Kingsley Bogard of Kingsley Bogard in Folsom, made the following statement to the Weekly on Wednesday regarding the claim:
"The District has been dealing with issues related to Mr. Vranesh's employment since October of 2013. Those issues centered around Mr. Vranesh's use of derogatory and vulgar terms to refer to a number of his subordinate female employees in the workplace. The District found these circumstances entirely unacceptable for the workplace.
"The District is now presented with a tort claim filed by Mr. Vranesh which makes a vast range of accusations against a number of employees. It alleges everything from age discrimination to his receiving unwanted sexual advances from female employees and administrators. The allegations made in this claim are without basis in fact and in cases are entirely divorced from reality. The intent may have been to provoke outrage or anger and invite an imprudent response from those accused. These puzzling claims, however, have simply provoked a sense of concern and bewilderment."
Once a claim is presented, the public entity must act on it within 45 days, and provide written notice of the action taken. The entity can reject the claim, give notice the claim is insufficient, do nothing or approve the claim.