Former West Marin Principal Sues Shoreline School District

A former principal who was demoted after challenging longtime Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke has filed a lawsuit against the Shoreline Unified School District, The Point Reyes Light reports. Matthew Nagle is alleging retaliation, defamation, and violation of his First Amendment rights.

Nagle was the principal of West Marin and Inverness schools for six years before he was reassigned to an elementary school teaching position in Bodega Bay last summer. As Cal School News noted at the time, parents and colleagues were upset over the demotion. Nagle believed it to be a punishment for his unsuccessful election bid against Burke.

Nagle’s lawsuit names Shoreline Unified Superintendent Bob Raines. It cites internal emails suggesting Raines was unhappy with his decision to run. Raines later gave Nagle a poor job performance evaluation that described him as arrogant and disrespectful.

Raines has said he cannot comment on the suit. Previously, school board President Jill Manning-Sartori denied a connection between the evaluation and Nagle’s election bid.

Nagle is now demanding his old job back. He also wants $50,000 from loss of salary plus unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.

Read more at The Point Reyes Light


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