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Bullying at PR-B

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Bullying. We hear a lot about that nowadays, especially when it concerns public schools.

But what if the school administration is doing the bullying? What then? How do you stop it?

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It has come to my attention that this is what is happening to the teachers and other non-certified employees at PR-B. Is that good for the kids?

As far as I know, most of the school board is unaware that this is occurring. A happy face is always presented at school board meetings by the administration, we are a team and everyone is on board — when, in fact, just the opposite is true.

Teachers walk on eggshells, afraid to speak out and disagree with the administration, even on bad ideas and policies set forth by the administration, with no input from the teaching staff. They are fearful of being called on the carpet and have another black mark on their record in retaliation.

Presently, and for quite some time, a black cloud hangs over the work atmosphere at PR-B. Numerous employees don’t like to come to work in this climate. Is this good for the kids? If the teachers were, indeed, happy, the kids would sense it and would strive to excel more. Test scores would certainly reflect it.

As a taxpayer of the PR-B School District, I like to see our hard-earned tax dollars being spent wisely by the school board. The best bang for your buck, so to speak. So where does the buck stop — at the superintendent or the school board? How can the board correct this problem? Maybe if the contract wasn’t extended for the superintendent, it would be a big step in the right direction. Perhaps maybe even a new superintendent is in order? After all, it is for the kids, isn’t it?

Steven Lindsay Cox,

Pine River

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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