Tim Hanretty has resigned from his position as superintendent of the Portola Valley School District while an investigation is conducted into suspected "financial irregularities" in the accounts of another school district he previously worked for, according to a letter from district school board President Scott Parker.
The resignation was effective Tuesday, Jan. 31, and assistant superintendent Carol Piraino was named acting superintendent. Piraino said the investigation pertains to work Hanretty performed for the Woodside School District.
Portola Valley school district officials have "absolutely no indication that any fiscal wrongdoing has taken place during Hanretty's tenure at this district," the letter said. "Nevertheless, in an abundance of caution, the board is working closely with the Office of the County Superintendent of Schools to retain an independent auditor to evaluate our district's finances. The district is not able to provide any further comment or details until the completion of the investigation."
Hanretty worked for many years for both the Portola Valley and the Woodside elementary school districts, first as business manager, then as assistant superintendent.
He was appointed superintendent of the Portola Valley district in 2010, replacing Anne Campbell when she moved on to serve as San Mateo County superintendent of schools.
Below is the full text of Parker's letter:
To the PVSD community,
We regret to inform you that the Board of Trustees has accepted the resignation of Mr. Timothy Hanretty, District Superintendent, effective January 31, 2012.
The District has recently learned that Mr. Hanretty has been the subject of an ongoing investigation into financial irregularities at a previous position held outside of Portola Valley.
The Portola Valley School District has absolutely no indication that any fiscal wrongdoing has taken place during Mr. Hanretty's tenure at this district. Nevertheless, in an abundance of caution, the Board is working closely with the Office of the County Superintendent of Schools to retain an independent auditor to evaluate our District's finances. The District is not able to provide any further comment or details until the completion of the investigation.
Effective immediately, Dr. Carol Piraino will assume the role of Acting Superintendent for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year. Our District is fortunate to have a strong administrative, operational and teaching team, and the Governing Board has great confidence in our staff's ability to continue the progress we have made in offering the strongest possible K-8 experience for our students.
Dr. Piraino and the PVSD staff will support the tasks necessary to successfully complete the school year. We are grateful that the County of San Mateo Office of Education has offered interim assistance in the areas of finance, human resources and operations.
Please join us in offering your support to Carol and the entire PVSD team during this time of transition.
Scott Parker, Board President
On behalf of the Board of Trustees