While expressing his “gratitude,” the Superintendent included a not-so-subtle message that cheap Duluthians were still just barely stepping up to the plate, and that “our level of local support is now just under the State average…”
A number of other citizens also spoke from the podium. Members of the teachers’ union stood before the Board, wearing cardboard placards demanding “Truth, Integrity, Honesty” and “LAYOFFS and Classroom Cuts Are On YOUR Backs NOT ours.”
In fairness, the problems in the East can not be completely minimized. The Red Plan, though unquestionably more devastating on the western end of town, was to some degree an equal-opportunity train wreck.