Although this letter is written to you, and the additional enclosure is directed at you, Im far more
interested in having the members of the DFT Executive Board and the Duluth School Board
I wrote the enclosure shortly after Mark Myles announced his resignation and sent it to
the Budgeteer as a guest column. The Budgeteer demurred, using as an excuse the fear of a
libel suit. That was nonsense but the Budgeteer is not in the business of making enemies.
Fortunately, the Duluth News Tribune is not so squeamish. It is only because of
Marks intervention that I have withdrawn my column.
As a courtesy to Mark I showed it to him and the two of us had a long talk about the good
of the District. Mark asked me what I hoped to accomplish and if I thought this column
would serve my purposes. I dont know. Im certainly not afraid of the truth and
while the column is just my opinion, it honestly represents my belief that you have become
little more than an old fashioned, hard ass, union, game player with a chip on your
shoulder. I dont think you were always like that.
My intention over the course of the next year as Board Chair is to open up a dialogue
between our respective Boards and talk seriously about the future of the Duluth Schools. I
want both our Boards to know that Im not eager to have either you or Mark be a part
of the dialogue because I dont want the two of you to drive our discussions. Besides
that, my experience with you over the last two years has made me question the wisdom of
trusting you. I doubt that any School Board member has worked harder than I have to keep
in touch with you or kept contact in the face of stronger objections by the rest of the
School Board. My reward has been to have you threaten me politically. Its the first such
threat Ive received in twenty years of politics.
I fully understand that implicit in my relations with every resident of Duluth is the
threat that they might vote against me or even work against me. But Frank, the cold
blooded smile on your face when you threatened me gives me pause. I have to ask myself,
"How can I trust Frank?" "Will Frank simply view future meetings as a
opportunity to make good on his threat?" While Im mulling over the answers to
these questions Ill will direct my attention to the other members of the DFT
Executive Board. I know the teachers in the District would want me too.
cc DFT Executive Board
Duluth School Board