Student voices support for Clausen

Dear Editor:

I am a senior at Cambridge-Isanti High School. I have always been proud
to be a Bluejacket because this community has been known to keep the
students’ best interests in mind when making any and all decisions. I
also took pride in knowing that our school board, staff, and faculty
took to heart the five character traits of District 911 (compassion,
respect, responsibility, self-discipline, and honesty) and did their
best to demonstrate these in the community. Notice those statements are
in the past tense.

Dear Editor:

I am a senior at Cambridge-Isanti High School. I have always been proud to be a Bluejacket because this community has been known to keep the students’ best interests in mind when making any and all decisions. I also took pride in knowing that our school board, staff, and faculty took to heart the five character traits of District 911 (compassion, respect, responsibility, self-discipline, and honesty) and did their best to demonstrate these in the community. Notice those statements are in the past tense. The recent events regarding Mr. Mitch Clausen have my blood boil.

I would love to have someone explain to me why we are wasting money on legal fees and a sub for Mr. Clausen. Since Mr. Clausen’s allegations have nothing to do with students, he could have been working all this time. But apparently the taxpayer dollars don’t mean anything to the school board.

The school board’s duties are as follows, courtesy of the Cambridge-Isanti district Web site:

“The care, management and control of the schools is vested by statutory and constitutional authority in the school board. The school board shall carry out the mission of the school district with diligence, prudence, and dedication to the ideals of providing the finest public education. The purpose of this policy is to define the authority, duties and powers of the school board in carrying out its mission.”

So how do the allegations, pending lawsuit, and the firing of Mr. Clausen uphold this mission statement? They don’t. And an even better question: How do the allegations, pending lawsuit, and the firing of Mr. Clausen uphold the five character traits of Cambridge-Isanti? They don’t. Thank you, school board, for teaching me how to be petty and how to violate each and every one of the character traits.

The purpose of the school board is to put the students first; to make all decisions according to what is best for the students.

So tell me, how is firing Mr. Clausen and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars helping the students directly? If you need ideas for how to spend taxpayer money and benefit the students, I’m sure the students, myself included, could name a few.

I hope that by the time I graduate on June 5 of this year that Mr. Clausen will be back at work. I wouldn’t dream of receiving my diploma from a more honorable or respectable person than him.

Alyssa Coop
Cambridge-Isanti High School Senior

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