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Reader’s view: School Board has done irreparable damage | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

Published December 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

Reader’s view: School Board has done irreparable damage

We lose Gary Glass from the School Board and retain Art Johnston. We re-elect perpetrators and we expect change.

We lose Gary Glass from the School Board and retain Art Johnston. We re-elect perpetrators and we expect change. The inept members of the Duluth School Board and administration seem unable to continue doing anything but defending and rationalizing their decisions. None will ever admit they were duped by former Superintendent Keith Dixon or the district’s consultant, Johnson Controls, because they were totally and disgustingly intellectually unequipped to study or understand the scope of the Red Plan.

When you allow a for-profit corporation to sell a plan with inaccurate, misleading and sophist arguments, and you refuse to examine the alternatives or listen to an opposing view because that view is branded as dissension instead of a responsible and reasonable alternative, when the effort is more about vilifying the opposition than dialoguing with them, then we get what we got. The taxpayers in the district were blindfolded to the details of the process. What did these buildings get us that we didn’t have? Nothing!

The School Board, absent Art Johnston, has done irreparable damage to the confidence and trust between it and the people of Duluth. This board should do the right thing and resign before doing any more damage to the citizens who foot the bill for their ignorance and arrogance. Not allowing Duluthians to cast a vote on the Red Plan and moving ahead with an extremely dangerous and disastrous plan was the height of official arrogance. Those buildings did nothing to the quality of education; but the fallout and losses of programs and teachers did.

How are we to teach our children citizenship, trust and responsibility when our school officials exhibit none? Do we think our kids didn’t notice? The divide in Duluth is huge and cannot be repaired with the current School Board and superintendent.

Kenneth Kalligher

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