Put the high school principal back in office

Dear Editor:

So we’ve finally been allowed to know what Mitch Clausen did to deserve
being fired. We assumed it had to be more than missing three hours at a
workshop in Orlando.We assumed wrong. And what’s worse, we’ve now
learned that those in attendance were given permission to take personal
time by the curriculum director in charge.

Put the high school
principal back in office

Dear Editor:

So we’ve finally been allowed to know what Mitch Clausen did to deserve being fired. We assumed it had to be more than missing three hours at a workshop in Orlando.We assumed wrong. And what’s worse, we’ve now learned that those in attendance were given permission to take personal time by the curriculum director in charge. And we learned Mr. Clausen put in a 50-hour week that week, but apparently that just wasn’t enough. If they had wanted to punish him, why not ask him to repay the district for the entire trip. I’ll bet he would have gladly done that. But instead they’ve spent easily $100,000 of the district’s money to take this to arbitration.Who should lose their job here? I think it’s those that cost the district this amount of money to file such a frivolous suit.

Did you all get to read the additional charges? They included not pronouncing names properly at graduation and not wearing a suit under his graduation gown. Unbelievable. And these were the people running our district. Thankfully, we have a new school board and I pray they will use better judgment.

Rather than wait 60 days for a decision, I’d like to see the school board drop the charges, put Mr. Clausen back in his office and let the high school’s staff and students get back to the goal at hand: making us the quality school district that we have always been proud of.

Jean Sunderman
Cambridge

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