HUSD assistant superintendent follows boss in filing claim against school board

HAYWARD | The Hayward superintendent accused of attacking two school board members in closed session and who allowed an alleged rapist speak to underperforming high school students filed a claim last month against the school district for violating his privacy. Now, the East Bay Citizen has learned another school district administrator has filed a claim against the school board for verbally attacking her during public meetings.

The claim filed by Dawn Riccoboni, an assistant superintendent for the Hayward Unified School District and head of the business services department, was filed July 13—eight days before embattled Hayward Superintendent Stan “Data” Dobbs filed a separate claim.

Both are currently on leave. Dobbs was placed on paid administrative leave in June following an wide-ranging investigation into his tenure at the school district that was initiated by his handling of former NFL player Ray McDonald’s appearance at Tennyson High School in February. The school board found Dobbs improperly blamed the school’s principal for the decision to bring McDonald on campus prior to the court case alleging ex-football player raped an intoxicated woman.

Riccoboni, according to the claim, is on sick leave and under the care of a physician due to the alleged treatment by the school board members.

The claim alleges some members of the school board verbally attacked Riccoboni, who is described as disabled due to a prior car accident. The incidents occurred during public meetings and were exacerbated by “publishing defamatory untrue statements about her character,” according to the claim. These include statements about her job performance and “public attacks aimed at her on a regular basis that these Board members knew would exacerbate Ms. Riccoboni’s physical injuries and disabilities.”

Riccoboni claims “extreme emotional distress” following the alleged treatment by some members of the school board is inflaming pre-existing muscular pain in her arms, back and legs.

The claimant is believed to have been a witness to the September 2015 incident involving Dobbs and school board members William McGee and Luis Reynoso. The closed session altercation resulted in both school board members filing police reports against Dobbs for allegedly approaching each in an aggressive confrontation. Dobbs later issued a public apology for the incident, but not to the school board members. Dobbs was not sanctioned by the school board for the incident.

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