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Original post made on Mar 13, 2015

We are fortunate to live in a wonderful city with exceptional schools. Our well-rounded students consistently demonstrate academic, athletic and extra-curricular prowess thanks to dedicated parents, teachers and staff. Enviable fundraising efforts and countless volunteers consistently support our schools.

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Posted by fat joey
a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 13, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Articulate and thoughtful. Thank you Bruce.


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Posted by Sour grapes?
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Mar 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Why do you blame the board since in the end the supt works for them? Or is it sour grapes for losing an election. So the first thing your wife would do is bring back a principal who the insurance carrier alredy paid out $500k to two female employees for sexual harassment? The matter is in the courts hands let the due process happen.


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Posted by skinny johnny
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Some thoughts on your post:

"addressing the equity gap, that is not the most pressing problem in our district." Bruce, because you are a caucasian male, you might not be aware of how pressing this issue is. I don't think it's for you or I (another caucasian) to say this is not a pressing problem.

"Mr. Vranesh's pending lawsuit details potentially catastrophic problems..." Catastrophic? Do you think you are maybe overstating this just a bit?

"...the process behind a contentious calendar change..." Many thought it was contentious, many (I say most) thought it was not. Now, instead of Pleasanton leading the change, we are behind Sunol and possibly soon to be behind San Ramon in making this change. I'd rather we be leaders instead of followers.

Let's ease up a little on all the hyperbole. Vranesh will probably not be coming back, and we will probably be moving to an new calendar in the next few years. And the equity gap WILL be an important issue until it goes away, which I believe (sadly) will not be in my lifetime. Times change, life moves on, elections are won and lost, we need to move on and be ready for change regardless if one thinks something is not for the positive. Time will tell.



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Posted by Janie
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 13, 2015 at 3:39 pm

@ Sour grapes...

"Why do you blame the board since in the end the supt works for them? Or is it sour grapes for losing an election. So the first thing your wife would do is bring back a principal who the insurance carrier alredy paid out $500k to two female employees for sexual harassment?"

Hmmmm. This sounds suspiciously like the libelous, fundraising email so atrociously written and distributed by Jeff Bowser in his bid for re-election to the Board of Trustees.

Yes, this matter is in the courts and will be decided by a judge who already slammed PUSD for trying to stop/corrupt the legal process.


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Posted by Citizenly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Hmmmm...the guest editorial states that Superintendent Ahmadi is "intelligent, hard-working, well-intended, and passionate about our children." The author also notes that we have "exceptional schools," supported by "countless volunteers." Does it not occur to him that the superintendent's outstanding leadership is an important reason for the quality of our schools? Be careful what you wish for, Mr. Henry.


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Posted by HereWeGo
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm

First of all, our community and schools have been outstanding for many, many years, long before Ms. Ahmadi ever set foot in our community. If we are going to give her credit for our schools being outstanding, we might as well give her credit for making our grass green at the same time.

Secondly, it's my understanding from the public documents I have read that the two teachers from Walnut Grove who received settlements mainly got those settlements because the district did not protect their identities. It had little to do with any perceived guilt or innocence of Jon Vranesh.

Third, yes, the outcome of the Vranesh case could have catastrophic consequences for this district. Where will the money come from to pay his settlement, which in my opinion will be much larger than $245,000? The time, effort, and, yes, cash spent on this case is taken directly from our children. We can hope and pray that the insurance will be enough to cover the settlement. If not, I guess we'll be looking at drastic cutbacks in our district.

A person with even an ounce of sense can see that this whole situation was bungled. At the end of the day, our community will pay for it. How many hours have our administrators, teachers, and other staff already spent on these shenanigans that could have been better spent on the education of our children? Everyone loses in this because we have a district that couldn't handle a situation which amounts to "someone said words at school I didn't like."

Yes, there are many good things about this community, and our children succeed, but sometimes it's in spite of our district, not because of it.

Thank you, Mr. Henry, for saying what needs to be said in a calm, reasonable, and thoughtful manner. It's people like you that make our community great.


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Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Mar 13, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Thank you Mr. Henry, well said. The Vranesh case was beyond badly handled. The Superintendent has put our district in financial harms way, has created distrust of faculty and staff as well as destroyed a man's reputation and career and gutted the Walnut Grove office staff that cared for the kids. We moved here because of the schools, we have been applying at outlying charter schools because we have no confidence in the administration. The PUSD ship is on the rocks and needs a new new captain. Ms. Ahmadi, do the right thing, resign.


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Posted by Smh
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Mar 13, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Mr Henry writes a well thought out article, signs his name to it and the best some idiot can come up with is sour grapes? I suggest that "sour grapes" put to bed the baseless claim that Paige Wright was running for office to get Vranach reinstated for once and for all, especially in light of the fact that the claim didn't work out so well for Jeff Bowser in the last election. At the very least "sour grapes" could craft a new lie.


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Posted by New Teacher
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2015 at 8:47 am

Wow, note to self- I will NEVER report abuse in school ever. This paper and community have made it perfectly clear, I will not be believed and in fact, it will be turned back onto me as being the one in the wrong. Message received loud and clear PW.


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Posted by Gladys
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 14, 2015 at 9:45 am

Please correct me if I am mistaken but didn't the PUSD Board of Trustees just extend the Superintendent's contract for another 2 years?

If we are going to hold Ahmadi accountable for this incident why would we not include the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Bill Faraghan who provides the Superintendent and Board with appropriate actions and responses to be taken in such matters....


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 14, 2015 at 9:56 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

New Teacher, Certainly you should report any abuse. That is not where the breakdown occurred; it happened in the apparent lack of due process and bungling that followed.

A person was accused, unceremoniously removed from their position, and continued to be paid with an invented job for a year. Either what occurred was so egregious, with irrefutable proof, as to warrant immediate dismissal or someone(s) overreacted, followed by a series of blunders. If it is a latter, a person's livelihood and reputation have been, perhaps, irreparably harmed and a school and its staff are divided, something that is untenable for everyone, particularly the students. That is what should make you uncomfortable.

Should a day ever come where you have a complaint, you should expect to have a safe and clear process to find the appropriate remedy.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2015 at 11:01 am

... and the accusers still aren't believed.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 14, 2015 at 11:23 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

BobB, I don't know any of the people involved nor do I have any reason to believe or disbelieve any of them.

What I do know is there are grounds for immediate dismissal; circumstances where punishment might include training, letters of warning, etc.; or discussions of the mistake with all parties and an agreed upon solution. None of those solutions would include what we have seen, a principal pulled and given a false position at an financial expense; others paid at a financial expense; and a host of employees lost to a school at an emotional expense to families and students.

What did occur was more like watching the Keystone Cops (or more contemporarily, Baymax and a soccer ball). Wherever the truth lies, this was handled poorly at best.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 14, 2015 at 2:26 pm

If the principal wins in courts those teachers will dread the day they made false accusations. They will be hit with huge civil suits. Individuals named in civil suits are not protected by unions.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Pete,

How do you know the accusations are false?


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 14, 2015 at 2:58 pm

I am a long time parent and know the players. My children went through WG during the Radulovich era, back in the days of Mr. Rad's Green Sheet. I agree with Kathleen's assessment, but Keystone Cops is an understatement.

This M.O. used against Vranesh has been used to get rid of special needs children by teachers for years as well as deny special needs kids and minority kids access to the former Discovery Program.

The teachers there also want to self-select the teachers for their own children enrolled (usually in a class in the Discovery Program) so they can have a class filled with lily-white and non-special needs classmates.

The M.O. of teachers making false accusations against children (They use bad, bad language! They are so disruptive! Little 6 year old Billy is sexually harassing students! ) and getting them ousted to other schools, private schools and out-of-district schools has occurred for years and still goes on.

Second of all the so-called 'allegations' are so ridiculous they are laughable:

Count 1: Teacher accuses principal to be on the autism spectrum with something called "Asperger"

Count 2: Teacher accuses principal of sending a text message while she is at a conference with some slang in it, but she can't pull up on her cell phone and has somehow deleted it

Count 3: Teacher says use of common idioms such as "My hands are tied" constitute criminal threats.

Count 4: Teacher says principal moved a shade structure without her permission.

I can go on and on.


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Posted by New Teacher
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Not surprised that Kathleen didnt hear what I said and that she furthered my point by turning my words around to make it the district's fault. Funny thing Kathleen, I didnt say anything about the district.

This community and the PW will turn against me should I ever say anything...the posts that followed reiterate my point. Even long time parents have more knowledge than a victim. Amazing. Pete even resorts to threats- JV is suing the district so it is his case, not the districts against him- because we all know that lawyers never lie- it will not be about the truth, it will be about winning.

Your 'work' here has been heard and lesson taken. This community has become judge and jury, why would I ever speak up. Thanks PW for furthering this deliberate agenda and making it clear.


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Posted by highdiver
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Can't we just wait until the results of Mr. Vranesh's court case are known?

Wonder what the writer would have written, if anything, had his wife WON the election.


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Posted by Yup
a resident of Country Fair
on Mar 14, 2015 at 7:19 pm

New teacher, if you are planning on making complaints against your boss by saying things like "he had no friends as a child", or say he seemed violent when he said "his hands were tied", then go after a office staff by saying you felt threatened when they returned a whistle or a health clerk denied your child medical care or the custodian was threatening you with physical harm when he was blowing leaves - then YES I suggest you don't do it. The teachers went after several people not just the principal. The statements made by the teachers were outlandish. They statements were made available on line and i suggest you read them before blindly defending your new colleagues.


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Posted by Registered Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm

The only reason that the group of teachers is able to behave so badly is because they know they're untouchable -- protected by the APT, the local teachers' union. Nobody in their right minds, playing on a level playing field, would ever go so far as what we've seen here.


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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 15, 2015 at 8:26 am

@ Johnny ARE YOU SERIOUS. I guess in your world all white males are born rich. I have news for you John their are millions of white people living check to check and in poverty. Your statement is foolish.
@ Parent Really "lily white" you feel comfortable with that phrase. I am surprised the pw did not censor this comment. Oh yea its not racism if its directed at white people. To Quote obama "She is your typical white person" Nothing said about that comment either. Wow pleasanton has changed in forty years. it has become a more racist community.
@ New teacher. you scare me. I would never want you anywhere around my children. Either you did not read the investigation or your powers of comprehension are seriously lacking. The statements by the accusers are not credible the statements from Mary and Laura are extremely credible CASE CLOSED. Made up story by some nut teachers to get back at someone they didnt like. This really sounds like Elementary school mean girls, but this time it was the teachers. New teacher you come across as one of the mean girls. Pleasanton was nice forty years ago.


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Posted by 1975
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2015 at 9:26 am

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Posted by Hepzibah
a resident of Laguna Vista
on Mar 15, 2015 at 10:35 am

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Posted by skinny johnny
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2015 at 12:22 pm

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Posted by Father of former WG child with IEP
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm

I read the allegations against Vranesh and believe they are 100% fabricated and false.

My son attended Walnut Grove with an IEP while Charles Young was principal, who is now at PAUSD, and while Bill Radulovich was there. These so-called ***violent*** idioms they claimed Vranesh used were ones taught to my son as part of the counseling/speech services offered on my son's IEP which had to do with idioms and figurative language and the social thinking materials by Michelle Garcia-Winner, who runs a company called Social Thinking, and something called TRIBES. These materials are used and taught by the school's counselor presumably with the sign-off of the school psychologist and speech language pathologist and discussed during numerous IEP meetings.

These claims against Vranesh sure do sound a lot like the language and materials taught to students. These also involve a crime fighter fighting or destroying some sort of set of cartoon characters called things like Rock Brain, for example, that is taking over a town named Social Town.

And these idioms and sayings that they claimed were ***violent*** were taught to the students in counseling sessions in a time that pre-dates Jon Vranesh becoming principal.

I agree with Henry's column with the exception that I believe the Board needs to fire the superintendent right away.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

"Not surprised that Kathleen didnt hear what I said and that she furthered my point by turning my words around to make it the district's fault. Funny thing Kathleen, I didnt say anything about the district."

Funny thing, I didn't mention the district either; I spoke about due process and your right to present a complaint and have that process followed, as should be the case for anyone. We will learn soon enough who was at fault, and that could be any or all of the people involved.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 15, 2015 at 5:40 pm

Anyone know when the case is scheduled to be heard?


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Posted by Watching
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Mar 15, 2015 at 6:36 pm

The hearing is scheduled to start on April 20, 2015.


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Posted by WG Mom
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 15, 2015 at 7:26 pm

It makes me sad that the bullying of our superintendent is going as far as making generalized statements about her incompetence in a public forum. It's embarrassing for us as a community and as a school district. We live in a great place with excellent schools. Ms. Ahmadi has done a great job given the tumultuous circumstances that she was placed into when she arrived. I have three kids in the district one in high school and I am a very involved parent. Many of my friends teach in the district and I myself graduated from Amador. I've seen a lot. One of the most difficult things for Ms. Ahmadi to contend with is the fact that many of our teachers are from this school district and feel entitled to their positions. Many of them are related to one another or to people in management. And can get pretty angry when they don't get exactly what they want. I have been in personal conversation with some of these teachers and they very much do not like the "outsiders" running the district. This is despicable.
Nobody except those involved at WG actually knows what happened. But the accusations were so heinous that our district administrators had no choice but to remove Mr. V. From the publicly released documents it does sound like they tried to work with him and move him to a different position but he was angry they did not help him clear his name. In what universe would an administration try to do that? How could they? That was a bad move on Mr. V's part. Though I understand his desire to clear his name and his frustration (the accusations do seem a bit far fetched) the district officials really had no choice. And now reading his accusations against the district personnel, he is really coming across sadly as an angry, petty and vindictive man.
There are a lot of good teachers and administrators in this district who are working very hard to implement common core and to lessen the achievement gap. Which is, in fact, the most pressing issue. By focusing on the achievement gap and targeting those students who are not succeeding they can improve the education for all of our kids. I know my kids have had some less than stellar experiences which my husband and I compensate for by hiring tutors and teaching them ourselves. What about the families who can't do that? Close that achievement gap and the district will overall be better. I do hear a lot of my "born and raised" teachers complaining that this is not necessary because the district was fine when they were kids. What they don't realize is that it was not they too had parents who helped them compensate. We'll never hear from those who did not succeed, they can't come back and teach here.
I'd really love for Mr. Paige Wright to be a productive critic of our schools. Get in there and help. Provide concrete solutions not blanket criticism. We all know that this is not a perfect system (find me one that is) but there are a lot of people who care and are working hard to improve things for the students. Let's move away from being negative and move toward providing good, uplifting ideas. Ms. Ahmadi is a good superintendent. She's steadfast in her desire to create a district that is the best for all students. I for one am thrilled to have her and hope that we can keep her for many more years.


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Posted by curious
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2015 at 9:28 pm

If there is a question on the performance of the superintendent, I feel it is the job of the Board of Trustees to take appropriate action. After all, they should have far more complete information then what's discussed here on these blogs. If we're not satisfied with their actions, our recourse is at the ballot box. That's how we now have a new Trustee on the board.

Airing concerns here could be counter productive. If the superintendent was looking at a job in another district, what if they read these blogs in doing their due diligence before hiring? Yes, I have some concerns on how certain things have been handled in the district of late. But I feel the best course of action is to hold our Board of Trustees accountable to do the best for our district not to debate performance in the blogs.


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Posted by Commentor
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Mar 16, 2015 at 8:57 am

I still don't see the case for removing Superintendent Ahmadi, just because all "this" happened under her leadership. The Vranesh case still needs to play out in court, the calendar change involved many stakeholders including the Board of Trustees who represent the community/parents, parent forums and teachers, Common Core transitions are rocky everywhere, people leave for many reasons - how are these phenomena necessarily "bad" and her fault? I'm not saying Bruce Henry is a liar, but I would encourage all of readers, ESPECIALLY PW readers to develop a healthy skepticism for what they read and FACT CHECK! I'm afraid one of the biggest problems our students face is parents who they themselves need a good dose of the Common Core - to read like detectives, check facts, speak/write like reporters, not like political pundits. The second is to attack problems, not people... Pleasanton we have a long way to go, and we can't pin this one on Supt Ahmadi, either. Have a great day everyone ~


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Posted by another WG parent
a resident of Country Fair
on Mar 16, 2015 at 9:55 am

Mr. Henry is not doing the community any favors by writing this piece in the PW. He is friends with Mr. Vranesh and his wife was PTA president when Mr. Vranesh first started at WG and they obviously like him and did not see what he is accused of. However, his child was no longer at the school when any of this went down. Just because the Henry family did not see Mr. Vranesh do the things does not mean that it didn't happen. Maybe it was exaggerated but it's obvious that some of it happened. Maybe the teachers are not perfect and neither is Mr. Vranesh, it's obvious that the truth lies somewhere in the middle. What is also obvious is that he was not a good fit for the school. SO many of the staff was uncomfortable with him there. How in the world could the supt. and board keep him on? I have 3 children at the school and I am so grateful that they did not keep him on as it obviously was distracting the teachers and in turn, affecting the students. Since Mr. Henry has not had children at the school for several years I am sure that it is easy for him to assume the JV should have stayed there. Mr. Henry is entitled to his opinions but voicing them on these blogs which is sure to stir up anonymous vitriol is not helpful. This has already been discussed beyond reason.


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Posted by Yet another WG parent
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 16, 2015 at 10:46 am

I have been at Walnut Grove with my two children until recently, under several principals. I worked closely with Jon Vranesh and also had good relationships with several of the teachers involved, both in and out of the classroom. I also know Bruce and Paige very well.

The bottom line in all of this is NOT who said what.

The bottom line is that the JV situation, as well as many other situations was MISHANDLED by the Superintendent. How she handled the situation was reactionary, as have been many of her other decisions (anyone remember the split reading class notifications stuffed into the backpacks on the last day of school?)

I spoke with several school administrators from other districts after JV was abruptly plucked from the school. They said unanimously that the ONLY reason to take such an extreme reaction was if the person in question had touched a child. The administration overreacted to an extreme. And then tried to fix a situation that had already gone wildly out of control, all while hoping JV would just go away.

Ms. Ahmadi is not malicious; she has just always been in over her head. How else to explain things like her policies regarding refusing to allow Board members the ability to ask questions less than 24 hours in advance of a Board meeting (including at the actual Board meeting), in violation of the Brown Act?

Her inexperience has played itself out enough in our district; the Board has been put on notice with the election that they are expected to fix the situation.

It's time.


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Posted by Really
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 16, 2015 at 11:06 am

The polarization caused by people who twist the truth, and are rude and disrespectful on these boards has played ITself out in our district. These people need to express themselves openly and appropriately so honest discussion/debate is possible. Consider this notice that others, including our children, are watching.

It's time.


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Posted by Fed Up
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 16, 2015 at 2:28 pm

I'm a neighbor of former trustee Juanita Haugen and I don't think she would have put up with this superintendent's antics at all. Also, this attempt to get rid of Vranesh as principal sounds really similar to what Juanita told me a decade ago was happening with a business she said that the teacher's union was trying to run out of town. They made a bunch of false claims, kept calling the city, and I can't remember the exact name of the business - - - something like Happy Speakers(?), Jolly Talkers(?), Happy Talkers(?), Jolly Talkers(?). There was something about Walnut Grove, autism, broken glass, vandalized cars, but I can't remember the details because it has been so long ago. I think she even mentioned the office of administrative hearings organization mentioned in the guest opinion article.

The superintendent needs to go.


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Posted by WG Mom
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 16, 2015 at 2:31 pm

In response to an above comment if you honestly think the only reason to remove a principal is because they touch a child then you are well over your head in this conversation. Personnel issues need to be inherently private, for all parties involved. It was JV who decided to air the dirty laundry and launch a smear campaign against the superintendent. Fortunately this community has tired of the drama and is ready to move forward and work with our district administration to create schools that are even more wonderful than they are now. Ms. Ah made may not be perfect and she may lack some experience but she makes up for all of that with her willingness to listen and learn and her unending passion to make this district the best it can be. She is extremely dedicated and hard working. Lots of parents feel like we are moving in the right direction under her leadership.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 16, 2015 at 3:01 pm

@WG Mom,

You need to read what the previous poster said a little more carefully. He or she said that the only reason to abruptly and immediately remove a principal from a school is an offense such as touching a child. Not the only reason at all. Reading comprehension. It's a wonderful thing.


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Posted by WGMom
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 16, 2015 at 7:22 pm

@Julie,
I am able to comprehend what I read. My comment still stands. There are many other reasons to immediatly and abruptly remove a principal. Given the accusations against JV (true or untrue, it does not matter) it is completely logical that he was immediatly removed.
The issue here is competency of the superintendent as she is the one being asked to resign. Interesting that the very people who call for her resignation, given zero actual evidence of wrongdoing or incompetence (merely a lot of opinions), support JV. Despite nobody knowing what happened. I can't support or persecute the man but will maintain that the district leadership did the right thing removing him from the school. They kept him in employment. We don't know any more than that.
What I, and many other parents do know, is that we are tired of a few people continuously tearing down the leadership.
Be productive and solve problems instead of causing more.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm

@WgMom,

You have no idea who I am or what I do and have done for this community. I also asked friends who work in administration in other schools and they saud touching a child is the only reason to immediately yank a principal from a school. No one has ever said JV did that so its not speculation to say his immediate removal was reactionary and inappropriate. The payoff of the two teachers because the district screwed up their anonymity is also factual.

The leadership is dismal. I could cite example after example of poor reactionary leadership. What about abruptly changing the traffic flow in front of amador without telling anyone involved in traffic issues or enforcement that you were thinking about it?? Caused a horrible nightmare for days because leadership didn't stop and think.

Do not kneejerk defend the teachers because you are friendly with them. I am too. I am sure something happened. But it was handled poorly from the beginning by the administration, which is a pattern that has to stop.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 16, 2015 at 8:14 pm

I looked at the earlier posting on the walnut grove staff from the Del Prado resident, and I do see a lot of information on this cartoon series. This one says "Rock Brain is plotting his next attack on your neighbor Tommy's brain...." Web Link. I find it odd that they seem to be on the web a month or two before Vranesh's sudden removal.

Basing removing a principal on a hodgepodge of invented cartoon comic book characters called Unthinkables about comic book figures plotting hitting people over heads, attacking brains, etc. is absurd. And the whole assertion that the principal has Aspergers and has to have pictures drawn for him for him to speak and understand verbal language is something out of some union member's or superintendent's very active imagination.

I can only assume PUSD has no personnel department. Or if they do have one, they all need to be replaced.



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Posted by Amador Mom
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 16, 2015 at 8:28 pm

Hi WGMom,
Please don't take Julie's bait. I've appreciated your thoughts and call for evidence and moderation here. Also as an Amador parent I was made well aware of the traffic pattern change. There is a contingency of people here in town who never seem to know what's going on at the schools, despite the communication, yet they know everything about the internal gossipy matters of the school personel. Interesting.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 16, 2015 at 11:02 pm

@Amador Mom--

Again. Reading comprehension. I didn't say I didn't know about it. I said the school district involved no one remotely engaged in the traffic issues in this town on the issue of changing the traffic patterns abruptly either for planning purposes or to help with enforcement, which caused horrible problems; of course they then ended up rescinding the decision anyway.

The leadership in this district operates from a reactionary point of view. It's not an appropriate way to run an organization.


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Posted by Jtjh
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 26, 2015 at 3:18 am

Jtjh is a registered user.

The loss of six principals and several vice principals within one year seems to me to indicate that all is not well in the district in question.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2015 at 11:28 pm

"... Our well-rounded students consistently demonstrate academic, athletic and extra-curricular prowess "

I could do with a bit less of the "well-rounded ... athletic" and a little more of the academic.


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