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Letter: School District 833 officials not exercising openness

I read the recent story in the Bulletin about the recent changes at School District 833 (“Two top school officials out,” March 26). It certainly seems that there is quite a bit of reason for concern about the recent personnel announcements. It seems to me that in this economy when two people in a position as high as assistant superintendent — each making nearly $140,000 a year — both resign at the same time, there is a lot more to the story.

The fact that neither they nor Superintendent Keith Jacobus would comment on the matter just adds to the conjecture. The picture becomes even more unclear when we hear that the superintendent’s executive assistant received some sort of buyout and has been given a gag order in some sort of resignation agreement she signed.

The article then adds that when School Board member Jim Gelbmann wanted to conduct a performance evaluation of Jacobus, no other member would second the motion.

To me these actions raise a red flag. When taken with the sudden dismissal of the last superintendent, this district seems to be in a free fall. As a taxpayer, I would like to know what is going on and who is running the district. We definitely are not being kept informed by our elected officials. This is certainly not openness in government.

Gerald Scherbel is a School District 833 bus driver.