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Nevis School issues need to be addressed

I believe Nevis School is a great school; they have the best students, staff and teachers. Many of whom are the same teachers I had at Nevis 10+ years ago. I am proud to have graduated from such a good school. I would like the community and taxpayers to know exactly how things transpired and put to rest any rumors.

On Saturday, Aug. 21, I witnessed Mr. Rassier break the law in his use of a public vehicle. That night I contacted an old friend and current school board member via e-mail to investigate my complaints of what I believed was improper use of that vehicle. He promised that very night he would look into the matter. I was shocked with the response I received. I was told the use of the vehicle was OK because Mr. Rassier turned down a six percent raise this year, and he deserved a small perk.

This all happened before the regular Aug. 23 school board meeting. The issue was never brought up at that meeting.

Still not satisfied, I drafted a letter to the entire school board and superintendent, with a warning that I would be sending that letter to area papers. I sent this via e-mail on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 6:34 p.m.

The next morning, Aug. 25, my mom, Betsy Anderson, was asked to meet with Chairman Becker and Mr. Rassier. She declined, due to the nature of previous meetings and stated she would like her attorney present. By 9:20 a.m. she was out of the building, assuming she had been fired.

I agree with Mr. Leshovsky in his letter, the timing of this is fishy. Needless to say, I was infuriated. I did later in the day, after a phone call to Mr. Rassier, receive a written response from Mr. Becker and Mr. Rassier thanking me for my interest in the Nevis School and my past support for Mr. Rassier.

I gave Mr. Rassier and Mr. Becker one last chance to keep this issue out of the paper by simply apologizing and admit they were wrong on the use of the vehicle or I would send that letter to every news source I could think of. They chose the latter. I do hope some good will come of all this.

Mr. Rassier: We are still waiting for a public apology. Mr. Becker: Come Nov. 2, I do believe that you will see change happen swiftly.

I encourage taxpayers of the Nevis School District to attend the next scheduled board meeting Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. to voice your concerns and disgust over these two separate, yet due to timing, intermingled issues.

Jon Hoffman