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By Robert D. Warner


March 29, 2007

Dear Members of the Borough Assembly:

I was shocked by the Ketchikan School Board's decision to fire Superintendent Harry Martin. I watched the entire meeting on the TV and was amazed that members supporting this decision provided no clear or specific evidence. It was very clear to me that their decision was based on politics rather than facts.

It was also clear to me that the Ketchikan School Board has been given too much money to "play with" after the Assembly approved funding their budget to the cap. This stupid decision to fire Mr. Martin will cost the district and taxpayers money that we cannot afford to waste. Please take action to cut the school district budget and stop "funding to the cap." I see this as the best and perhaps only method to teach these school board members that public funds should not be wasted on self centered political motives.

I should mention that I spent 25 years in public education and I have seen more than my share of incompetent administrators. I remember how frustrating it was when it took 7 long years to terminate a incompetent director and assistant director at the college several years ago. Mr. Martin, however, displayed no such incompetence at this meeting. He was poised and used facts rather than politics to support his defense. He even managed to express a sense of humor during his ordeal. It was shameful to see him treated in such a rude and disrespectful way.

Thank you for considering my views as a citizen and taxpayer.


Robert D. Warner
Ketchikan, AK

cc: Ketchikan Gateway School Board

Received March 29, 2007 - Published March 29, 2007



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