To what ends

Dear Editor:

It’s quite interesting to see, to what ends the Cambridge-Isanti School
Board and Superintendent Bruce Novak will go to take a tough stand
against High School Principal Mitch Clausen for missing a three hour
session of a four day/evening educational conference in Orlando.

Dear Editor:

It’s quite interesting to see, to what ends the Cambridge-Isanti School Board and Superintendent Bruce Novak will go to take a tough stand against High School Principal Mitch Clausen for missing a three hour session of a four day/evening educational conference in Orlando. It would seem, that to make their point, they are willing to spend over three to four times of what the entire conference cost ($70,000) for all forty-three Cambridge-Isanti educators to attend. I’m not sure how much sense that makes. The word is, that legal fees at $400.00 an hour are now at $100,000, plus paying Mr. Clausen for not working, paying a replacement principal and half the arbitrator’s fees. Please correct me if these figures are incorrect. It would seem to me that there must have been a much better, firm but fair, yet much less costly way for Superintendent Novak and board members to lay down the law.

In the future, I would hope that the superintendent and board members, when attending any conference in Orlando or any other tourist/convention city; that they too would attend only conference sessions and not spend any time to see the sights. I’m sure Omaha must have some great educational conferences.

Ken Herzog,

Cambridge

Editor’s Note: When contacted, Superintendent Bruce Novak said he couldn’t verify the dollar amount involved with the ongoing arbitration hearing at this time. General information of fees for arbitrator James Reynolds can be found by going to the Bureau of Mediation Web site, www.bms.state.mn.us/arbitration_roster.html

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