Earlier testimonies were refuted and the character of one witness was questioned during testimony Monday at former Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Jon Vranesh's hearing to appeal his termination from the Pleasanton Unified School District.
Vranesh and other former and current district staff members testified Monday, the fifth day of the hearing.
Vranesh was placed on administrative leave in October 2013 for allegedly creating a "hostile work environment." In July, two Walnut Grove employees, Lynn Cronin and Marissa Swanson, received settlements of $245,000 each after filing claims alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment at the hands of Vranesh.
Cronin and Swanson testified as district witnesses last week. Cronin, a teacher at Walnut Grove, testified April 23 that Vranesh would lock her inside his office whenever he called her in, noting it was "more than 10 times but less than 20."
Ann O'Neal, Vranesh's former secretary and current Mohr Elementary School attendance clerk, said Monday in response to Cronin's statement, "You can lock someone out of your office but not in your office."
"She felt very comfortable walking in," said O'Neal of Cronin.
Vranesh noted during his testimony that he hardly ever called Cronin into his office.
On April 24, Swanson, a counselor at Walnut Grove, testified that Vranesh used violent language that "made you feel uncomfortable." She stated that Vranesh used the terms "perps and victims" to keep track of students being disciplined.
O'Neal testified these terms were used in Zangle, a database for students' information, which included attendance and behavior records.
She provided an example of students getting into an argument. Students were noted as the "perp" or "victim," depending on their role in the argument.
Greg Giglio, the former principal of Village High School, testified that these terms can also be used to communicate with law enforcement, if ever involved.
On April 23, Walnut Grove second-grade teacher Debbie Sweeney testified that she heard Vranesh use profanity in the workplace, specifically after a Discovery Program meeting in spring 2012, referring to a parent as "the 'A' word."
"I never heard a principal speak like that so I was surprised," Sweeney said.
During Vranesh's testimony, he admitted to using the word referring to a parent, adding that the man was "degrading her (Sweeney)."
"We were walking away and she was pretty fragile, a little bit shaken up," Vranesh said Monday. "She's just a kind person. I said 'Debbie, don't worry about it, that person is an (a******).'"
Also during Monday's hearing, Vranesh's attorney, Paul Kondrick, asked O'Neal and former Walnut Grove secretary Mary Snell, based on their knowledge, if they have formed an opinion about Cronin.
Snell said, "She is not truthful."
"I think she lies and I think she needs the attention," said O'Neal.
When asked about the characteristics of the Walnut Grove teachers as a whole, O'Neal said they "almost had a diva-attitude."
"There was a sense of entitlement, a sense that some of rules or policies didn't apply to them," Snell added.
The district's attorney, Kim Kingsley Bogard, could not be reached for comment.
Vranesh was the last witness called Monday and was not finished by the end of the hearing day. He is scheduled to resume his testimony at a later time.
This is the second of the three weeks of the hearing. It is scheduled to be held through today and then again May 6 to 8. The hearing starts each day at 9 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. at the Office of Administrative Hearing in Oakland, 1515 Clay Street, Ste. 206.