Letter- Questions rulingsIt appears as though St. Croix County has a new district attorney, at least as far as the school board goes.
By: William A. Krueger, Hudson, Hudson Star-Observer
It appears as though St. Croix County has a new district attorney, at least as far as the school board goes. Mick Waldspurger, a Minneapolis attorney paid for by the taxpayers and hired by Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, has now become judge, jury and executioner with anything legal regarding the school district.
How did we get to this point?
I always thought that any ethical or legal questions regarding elected bodies would be handled by district attorney Eric Johnson. After watching the last school board meeting I guess things have changed. It must be nice to pay someone to provide you with the legal opinion that you're looking for.
Anyone with an open mind should understand that Tracy Habisch-Ahlin's behavior in helping create an unnecessary communications job as a board member and then accepting that position afterwards, acted in a questionable manner. Not only was it questionable, in my opinion, but with proper analysis by the district attorney may have been deemed illegal. But a bought and paid for ruling by the Minneapolis attorney seems to now trump Wisconsin law.
And who is Tom Holland to order an investigation of fellow board member Sandy Gehrke? Where does he obtain such an authority? Can one single board member authorize the expenditure to do this?
I doubt it. I hope Ms. Gehrke will challenge such an overreach by Mr. Holland.
The Hudson school board has become a very controversial group. They are self-serving. It is time for a change in both the board and administration.
William A. Krueger, Hudson