The president of a California school district board resigned over the weekend after he was accused of paying high school choir students to perform at a “private adult party” featuring a “dirty Santa” and alcohol.
Steven Llanusa submitted his resignation from the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education on Saturday, the Claremont Courier reported. A 17-year veteran of the district board, he was re-elected as president in November.
Llanusa’s resignation came one day after a special districty meeting where parents expressed disgust at news that he invited the high schoolers to a risqué private function at his home.
“[The students] were encouraged to take part in food and festivities. The students didn’t begin their scheduled performance until over an hour later and were offered alcohol by party guests among inappropriately dressed adult entertainers,” Sabrina Ho, one of the teen’s parents, lamented at the meeting.
Another parent, Gabriel Lozano, said his daughter and the other teens who went to the party were interviewed by local police.
“They were offered an open bar and to socialize with half-naked men, the dirty Santa who made disgusting comments to our children,” said Lozano.
The Claremont Police Department did not immediately respond to The Post’s request to confirm that the incident was still under investigation.
The parents’ fury was stoked in part by photos of the Dec. 3 gathering that were leaked by local media, with one image showing shirtless male entertainers flexing their muscles with the high school choir nearby.
In a statement to the community following Friday’s meeting, members of the school board said they were “appalled” by Llanusa’s actions.
As of this week, Llanusa is no longer listed on the school board’s website. District Superintendent Jim Elsasser told the Claremont Courier that the board may hold a special election to find his replacement.
Llanusa did not immediately reply to The Post’s attempt to contact him through social media.