Sammy “The Bull” and the school board

Dear Editor:

In his book “Underboss,” Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, former executive
officer of John Gotti’s Italo-Sicilo enterprise in New York said, “You
should never whack a guy in the family until you get both sides of the
story.” The school board should have read Sammy’s book.


Dear Editor:

In his book “Underboss,” Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, former executive officer of John Gotti’s Italo-Sicilo enterprise in New York said, “You should never whack a guy in the family until you get both sides of the story.” The school board should have read Sammy’s book.

The Mitch Clausen snafu is a fine example of this and of then using gasoline to put out the fire that results. Per newspaper reports, Clausen wasn’t asked for his side until after the Board voted unanimously to dismiss. What’s up with that? What did the Board think… that he should just go quietly into the night? They weren’t thinking globally, about the consequences should this thing get out of hand. Well now it has.

And per a called witness, the superintendent said that this isn’t the way he would have handled the situation. Okay, but the board’s vote was unanimous to fire Clausen before hearing him. Unless the superintendent himself ducked out on that board session, he was one of the thumbs down. Some members don’t like Clausen is my take.

Just look at the petty things that made their way into his personnel file. It’s almost like having a curfew violation as a teenager and having that count in a “Three strikes and you’re out” life imprisonment case.

Clausen wore a casual shirt under his robe at a graduation ceremony. Not to knowingly overuse the simile, but that’s strike one.

He told staff at various times that the school board was a dictatorship. Well, okay, I would have said “conspiracy,” but in looking at their peremptory attempt at dismissal, did Clausen overstate the case? It doesn’t look like it to me.

He mispronounced some student names at a graduation ceremony. Do you think we could put that in Biden’s personnel file? He misconstrues genders, company names, personal names, facts… just about anything that escapes his mind. Besides, this “deficiency” of Clausen’s, and his others, have been taken care of by him. His file should now be considered clean.

What this whole thing could be is an attempt at PR. The superintendent and the board knew that from the day after the employees returned from Orlando, the board would be in trouble over this issue as far as raising new money through a levy increase. Perhaps they thought that since the cat had gotten out of the bag, if they didn’t throw the Christian to the lions, their ship was sunk… metaphorically speaking.

It’s the entire school board who should have handled this thing differently, not just Superintendent Novak.

Rod Bergengren,

Cambridge

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