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Gresham principal says he was let go because he is gay

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Thursday was the last day at work for a Gresham grade school principal who believes he was let go because he's gay.

Gresham-Barlow School District leaders recently told Tom Klansnic that his contract would not be renewed at the end of the year.

Klansnic says he had a spotless record as principal at North Gresham Grade School until he came out as a gay man a couple of years ago.

He says around that time, district officials started targeting him and making him the focus of unfair scrutiny.

When Klansnic found out that he was being let go, his lawyer drew up the paperwork to file a discrimination lawsuit.

Since then, Klansnic and the district have come up with a tentative settlement. As part of the agreement, he can't talk about the details right now.

District leaders say the decision to end Klansnic's contract has nothing to do with him being gay, and they think the agreement is an important step in moving forward.

The school board still has to vote on the settlement next week before it can be finalized.

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