Hearing delayed in case involving Tarwater | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Hearing delayed in case involving Tarwater

William Ferchland

A hearing on a lawsuit filed in Orange County with Lake Tahoe Unified School District Superintendent James Tarwater named as a defendant was delayed.

Gary Gibeaut, an attorney representing Ocean View School District which Tarwater headed for 12 years until June, needed time to respond to an amended complaint by Betsy Stansell on behalf of Roni Ellis and husband David Ellis.

Roni Ellis, an elementary school principal, alleged Tarwater did not do enough to quell a rumor last school year that she had sex with Tarwater in exchange for school modernization funds.

The lawsuit, which also names the district’s board of trustees and specifically member Barbara Boskovich for reportedly spreading the rumor, seeks retribution for harassment creating a hostile work environment, slander and invasion of privacy.

Stansell said the amended complaint only differed with an addition of an education code dealing with misusing a position.

Gibeaut said his response will likely be in the form of a motion to dismiss or demurrer, which also calls for the case’s dismissal based on faulty legal claims even if the claims are true.

Gibeaut has 30 days to respond to the amended complaint which Stansell said she filed July 11.

No replacement hearing has been set.

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