Former Portola Valley superintendent offered plea bargain on felony charges Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jul 19, 2012 at 10:55 am
Tim Hanretty, the former superintendent of Portola Valley schools who is charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the school district, has been offered a plea bargain by the county District Attorney's Office.
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Posted by Wilson, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:42 am
Hanretty is a highly educated man, who was awarded high-paying jobs in the public education hierarchy. It wouldn't look good if he actually served time in jail, as this might cause people to wonder about the highly-paid public education types in their own school districts. Best to sweep this under the rug, as quickly as possible.
It's a shame that this sort of situation does not immediately trigger a review of the whole district--including the Board of Education. These people on the Board should not get out of this without having their role examined by impartial investigators--say from the Office of the State Auditor, or the State Dept. of Justice.
If he doesn't serve any time, then it will once again reinforce the fact that there are two sets of laws in this country--one for the well-to-do, and the other for the rest of us.
Posted by Tired of the BS, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Jul 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm
Whether a person qualifies for bail and how much it is set at is determined by the offense, criminal history, whether the person has a job or a physical address, and whether the person has failed to show up for court before in the past. Race is not part of the equation.