Ex-Pleasanton principal Vranesh files challenge to OAH ruling against him

Petition argues charges made at Office of Administrative hearings were vague, not backed by evidence

Former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh filed a legal challenge last week to an administrative hearing panel's decision that determined the Pleasanton Unified School District had valid reason to fire him.

The challenge, a petition for writ of mandate filed Thursday in Alameda County court, will be assigned to a judge, who will review testimony from Vranesh's May administrative hearing and decide whether the panel's decision was proper.

Vranesh was dismissed from the district after last school year amid allegations of inappropriate conduct, using gender-based swears, destroying district computer data and using threatening language in reference to another employee, among other allegations. The state Office of Administrative Hearings, which resolves administrative disputes, ruled in August that the district had a valid case to fire Vranesh.

The petition filed last week argues the charges levied against Vranesh were vague, some testimony was omitted from the administrative hearing and the allegations presented were not backed up with sufficient evidence.

A civil lawsuit filed by Vranesh against the district for unspecified damages also continues. At a case hearing Friday, a judge determined the cause will remain paused, with no motions or action taken, until the next hearing in December, according to Vranesh's attorney Paul Kondrick.

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Posted by Disappointed
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 21, 2015 at 6:52 pm

I am just so sad and disappointed that Mr. Vranesh refuses to take responsibility for his actions. Mr. Vranesh, please move on. You have done enough damage to this district. Our students deserve better.

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Posted by CP for short
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2015 at 8:21 pm

CP for short is a registered user.

I for one am glad to live in a country where there is a right to due process. I firmly support any person's right to appeal any decision by any court or quasi-judicial body. It's part of what makes America great.

I abhor anyone who stands behind students to try and deny anyone their right to a fair trial. I don't understand why anyone would want to stand in the way of Vranesh's, or any other person's right to a fair hearing or an appeal unless they have something to hide.

May justice prevail.

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