GRESHAM, Ore. – The Gresham-Barlow School District says it has reached a tentative settlement with an elementary school principal who says he was ousted from his job for revealing that he is gay.
Tom Klansnic announced his departure from North Gresham Elementary School at an assembly Wednesday. After students left, he walked out with his belongings. He had been principal of the school for ten years.
He didn’t say what was behind his sudden departure, and neither did the school district. But his supporters have said he was let go after coming out as gay.
Even after parents protested and gathered a petition with more than a thousand signatures, the district still decided not to renew his contract.
The district issued a statement Wednesday saying, in part, "The district and Tom Klasnic have come to an agreement that will pay him through the rest of the school year."
A lawyer for Klansnic filed a discrimination claim last month that said he believed he was being let go because of his sexual orientation.
KGW Reporter Reggie Aqui contributed to this report.