2011-04-14 / Letters to the Editor

‘Make your voice heard’

Recently our superintendent of schools was suspended with pay for unknown allegations of wrongdoing. I am very disappointed as a taxpayer that the Houghton Lake Board of Education has chosen to keep the public in the dark about the nature of the allegations and, if it is an internal problem or one that was from a citizen outside the school. On April 11 the board voted 5-2 to bring back a temporary superintendent at a cost of $145 per day ($25,000 per year). The board is also considering a contract with a “contract negotiator” that will cost the taxpayers an additional $42,000 over the next three years. It should be noted that the suspended superintendent would save the school district at least $67,000 over the next three years if he were brought back, since the superintendent was going to be the chief negotiator.

I encourage every citizen to come to the next board meeting to listen to what is going on in your school system and speak your concerns to the board.

I believe that all the voices of this community should be heard. If you are for the suspension or against it. Opposed to the secrecy or for it. Step forward and make your opinion known to this board. It is your right as a taxpayer to let your voice be heard.

That being said, I have to admit that Kevin Murphy is a friend of mine. I met this man about two and a half years ago. I have found that Kevin is a caring family man that has embraced this community 100%. I have been impressed by his attitude and civic minded personality. I truly believe that Kevin came to Houghton Lake on a mission to make the school system the best that it could be for us and his family. Kevin is easily approachable and more than willing to listen to complaints or questions regarding the school district. I believe that he has been a very positive addition to this community.

If you have positive things to say about Kevin Murphy or complaints, come to the next board meeting and make your voice heard to this board.

Those who choose not to be involved are stuck with the decisions of those who did.

Kraig Britvec

Prudenville

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