LINDA BORQUIST FALSELY TESTIFIES UNDER OATH ABOUT TEACHER'S WORK HISTORY.
16 Q. Do you have any firsthand personal knowledge of
17 anything having to do with the -- what I'll call the Craig
18 Crandall incident?
19 A. I didn't meet with the parent or the student.
20 Q. Did you meet with Mr. Bellairs?
21 A. On the Craig Crandall piece? We talked about it
22 October 17 at the meeting, but --
23 Q. Other than that October 17th, at the time you
24 had no interaction with -- you did not meet with the
25 parents, the student, Mr. Bellairs or Ms. VanGorder about
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1 the incident?
2 A. I met with Ms. VanGorder about the incident.
3 All of that is a very easily handleable incident at the
4 school level. The school was very capable and very able
5 to -- they took care of that incident and worked with that
6 incident, as they should.
7 Q. In the meeting with Mr. Bellairs you took notes.
8 And I'm talking about the October 17th meeting. We have
9 the notes, which is Exhibit D-19. Now, you've testified
10 that you didn't make these notes contemporaneously with
11 the meeting?
12 A. No. I did not.
13 Q. Do these notes reflect everything that was
14 discussed at the meeting?
15 A. I don't know if everything, but certainly I
16 wanted to document my conversation.
17 Q. You've testified that you told him that you
18 don't need to rehash what's in the past?
19 A. Uh-huh.
20 Q. You told him that at the meeting?
21 A. Uh-huh.
22 Q. And that he was concerned over what had happened
23 with Mike Ali and also back going -- Craig Crandall, Mike
24 Ali and going back to Meadow Park?
25 A. I think the incident on that was when he brought
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1 up about the Hogues and Pam Lass again, which was in
2 1998-99. That's what was centered on in terms of,geez,
3 that was a long time ago. Why are we still -- why are you
4 still bothered by that? Why didn't --
5 Q. Why should he let it go?
6 A. I didn't know why we were talking about it. I
7 didn't see anything productive in haranguing about
8 something that happened. We had addressed that. He'd
9 been given a fresh start at Westview. He'd been givena
10 new assignment, given new supervisors. Why were we still
11 going become to '98 and '99? I really was baffled by
12 holding on to that. That's been part of the issue of, you
13 know, making amends, letting -- addressing the concern and
14 then moving on.
15 Q. But the district's held onto that 1999 incident,
16 hasn't it?
17 A. It's been in the personnel file. We had to.
19 Q. It's one of the bases for discipline today or
20 for the termination?
21 A. It is. It wasn't the incident. It was his
22 continual haranguing about the Hogues and talking about
23 them in a very disparaging manner.
24 Q. Is your position that he shouldn't have been
25 rehashing the past?
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1 A. My position is that we shouldn't continuemaking
2 a public haranguing. For all Mr. Bellairs knew, I was
3 good friends with the Hogues or with the Lasses. Imean,
4 when you are bashing a parent in front of another
5 parent -- I don't know why he was bringing up the Hogues
6 to me again.
7 Q. Are you friends with the Hogues or the Lasses?
8 A. No. No. I'm just saying for all he knew.
9 Q. I'd like to ask about the 1999 past incident.
10 You said that the -- now, this has to do with a letter
11 from Mr. Bellairs to Mr. Williams; right?
12 A. Uh-huh.
13 Q. You said that your concern was or Mr. Williams'
14 concern was -- I'm not sure which it is. Please tell me
15 which it is -- that he had said that Mr. Williams'
16 daughter had -- you said actually in the letter that
17 Mr. Williams' daughter had done an illegal and/or immoral
18 act. I wrote that down. So that's what Williams had a
19 concern about or what you had a concern about?
20 A. That's what Mr. Williams had a concern about. I
21 had a question about why Don would say such a thing about
22 a student.
23 Q. Where is that in the letter? Where does it say
24 that Mr. Williams' daughter committed an illegal or
25 immoral act?
LINDA BORQUIST TESTIFIES AT AN UNEMPLOYMENT HEARING THREE DAYS AFTER TEACHERS BURIES HIS MOTHER IN MARCH 2005. TEACHER REPRESENTED HIMSELF AND WAS ABLE TO ASK BORQUIST DIRECT QUESTIONS ABOUT HER FALSE TESTIMONY AT THE FDAB A YEAR EARLIER.
(THE UNEMPLOYMENT JUDGE FOUND THAT I
BEAVERTON TEACHER WAS FIRED "WITHOUT CAUSE.")
Linda Borquist forms a secrecy agreement with Malcolm Dennis, Westview principal for barely two years.
Malcolm Dennis, former Westview High School principal, testifies about the real reason he left Westview abruptly...
November 2005 letter of frustration to Tom Husted, Beaverton Education Association uniserve representative.
January 10, 2005 NORTHWEST FINAL EDITION
BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT SETTLES RACIAL BIAS SUIT
Summary: In the $120,000 deal, the district admits a custodian was called a racial slur but denies other allegations
The Beaverton School District has agreed to pay $120,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit by an African American former custodian, after admitting in a court filing that a co-worker called the man a racial epithet.
District administrators agreed in December to pay nearly $80,000, including $10,000 in gross back wages, to James Sanders and $40,000 in fees to his lawyer, Thomas Steenson. As part of the settlement, the district denied Sanders' allegations against three other co-workers.
The settlement, drawn from the district's $1.55 million insurance reserve fund, did not require school board approval, said Linda Borquist, an assistant superintendent.
Board member Ann Jacks said Tuesday evening that district lawyers had briefed the board on the case but had never discussed possible settlement amounts.
"It's not an insignificant sum or an insignificant issue," Jacks said. "I'd like, in the future, to be a little more active in this."
Board approval is necessary only if the settlement amount exhausts the reserve fund, which is set aside during the budget process and requires a transfer from the general fund, said Janice Essenberg, district administrator for budget services.
Because the district's insurance policy covers liability claims greater than $500,000, board approval would be required only in rare cases involving hundreds of thousands of dollars. Large settlements can be entered into without board approval, unlike contracts, which require a board vote if they are worth more than $50,000.
In neighboring Portland, the school board must approve all settlements greater than $25,000.
Sanders, who was fired in October 2003, sued the district in June, saying his boss, Ron Strasser, Aloha High School's head custodian, had used racially derogatory terms and threatened him. Sanders cited other instances of harassment, but did not name the co-workers involved or describe the offenses in his lawsuit.
Sanders met twice with Anthony Rosilez, then the district administrator overseeing custodians, and submitted two written complaints describing the harassment between November 2002 and August 2003, according to court filings by Sanders and the school district.
In a June 29 court filing, the district denied all of Sanders' accusations except one. The district admitted that a co-worker called Sanders a "spear chucker" in August 2003. In the same filing, the district denied workers used other racially insensitive terms.
Borquist declined to identify the co-worker accused of using the term. She said the employee, who was disciplined for the incident, no longer works for the district.
The district initially responded to Sanders' complaints by giving him the cell and home phone numbers of Rosilez so he could report any further harassment immediately, Borquist said.
The district also offered Sanders a place on its "Diversity Committee," an employee group that supports and embraces a diverse work force, she said.
"We take any report of harassment or discrimination very seriously," Borquist said.
At Sanders' request, the district held a training session in January 2003 for custodial staff to review anti-discrimination policies and reporting procedures.
Sanders' suit names as defendants Mark Moser, the district's administrator for classified personnel, Art Heckel, a former Aloha High School vice principal, and Strasser, Sanders' direct supervisor.
The district investigated Sanders' allegations against the three men and found no wrongdoing, Borquist said.
Heckel, now a vice principal at Westview High School, and Moser still work for the district.
Strasser retired in September. District officials said his retirement was unrelated to the lawsuit.
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