Baseball and Bikes.
Pavement and Gravel
Well, the 2015/16 school year is coming to a close. I figured I’d leave you all one last post to think about, and talk about over the summer….. until school fires back up this fall…. hold on to your hats!!! 😉 😉 😉
To all the people who call me a jackass or insert whatever word here…. for speaking loudly, proudly and unafraid; I say…. MY skin is thick, my backbone strong… bring it on!!
You have something to say… MY NAME is Joe Sacco. No one else is writing these words or saying these things, it’s all ME!! If you are reading this, you should at least be smart enough to figure out my contact information.
To the IDIOT who made a comment in the reply section of one of MY ISD #701 blog posts, where every other word was F^~¿k you…. you weak minded fool!!! If you disagree with me, state your disagreement in an intelligent manor, I’ll publish your post for the rest of the people to see…. I DO NOT care if you disagree with me!!
Although, when you show your lack of education and intelligence you are resembling a plain “IDIOT”…
Well, need I say more??
What a CRAP year it’s been…. to all the graduating seniors of Hibbing High, I say a huge I’M SORRY!!
I figure I’ll say it here and now, because no one in a position of authority at ISD #701 will say it to you!???
I hope your future is brighter than your last few years at H.H.S.
Here’s wishing you all the best in moving forward to a brighter future.
If things get dark and stormy in future years…. think back to your last two years of high school…. you made it through some pretty nasty shit….. you’re well prepared for life!!
To the teachers and all staff within ISD #701…. it’s almost over!!
The light is now shining brightly, can you see it?? 😉
It’s almost time for “the cabin” ice cold beverages of your choosing, kicking back and relaxing… you made it!!
Please refrain from sending any inappropriate images unless cleared before hand!!! 😉 😉 😉
Ha Ha Ha I’m joking!! Have another beer!! 😉
To Superintendent Johnson….
Your time is now Sir!!
Your inherited problem of Fleming’s deviant behavior will no longer, as of June 30th… be your problem.
Principal F. However is your problem…. have you ever checked into this man’s previous work history?
Do you know why he’s the principal of H.H.S.?
It would behoove you to check into this man’s past work history….. if you do so…. it will become apparent why he failed at his job of being a mandated reporter, and why reports of misconduct by Mr. Fleming just disappeared into thin air.
It would also shed a light on how UNDESERVING this man was to have
received any kind of award for excellence!!
What a joke!!
What a travesty to honor someone who has done absolutely nothing honorable.
Him winning an award?? Are you freaking kidding me???!!! What are the “optics” this sends???
A high school teacher/s, a substitute teacher, and a leader in this district are also your problem.
A male high school teacher who sent pictures of his “private parts” to young girls!!
I DO NOT care if said pictures can not be found……..
I DO NOT care what supposed “good” this male teacher did in the past…..
I DO NOT care if stories are doing the old flip flop….. the word about this pig of a teacher is “out there.”
You do realize the whole state is watching “your” next move, right??
I use “your” as the investigating/lawyers/police or whomever… but ultimately it should boil down to you Mr. Johnson.
You are the NEW leader of ISD #701… this is now your opportunity to stamp the “Johnson Way” of how things will be run at ISD #701.
I would hope no matter the findings, a teacher/s acting in such a pervasive, perverted way would not be allowed to hold a teaching job in Superintendent Brad Johnson’s ISD #701??
People are watching!!!
To the SCHOOL BOARD…..
Minus Bob Clover, Mitch Vincent and Kathy Nyberg, well maybe not minus; but more to the point of you three helping the IDIOTS…. pull their collective heads out of their asses!!!
Who am I talking about?? Holy hell, I thought you’d never ask!! 😉
Mr. John Berklich, Mr. Tony Kuznik and Mr. Jeff Polcher……
Your “incestuial knowledge” (what a great and true couple of words to describe you three!!) is dumbfounding!!
***Just so no one calls their lawyer over those two words***
You talk amongst yourselves, never taking into account other’s points of view, or thinking outside of the small box you three must live in….. in essence believing your own BULLSHIT to be the correct thing for all!!
Hey guess what……
IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU!!!
Walk through every school within this district to remind yourselves why you’re on the school board in the first place!!
To Mr. John Berklich current chair…….
DON’T YOU THINK the school board owes the outgoing seniors, ISD #701, the community and above ALL ELSE the victims of Mr. Fleming an open and honest apology??
You three are pathetic, and the deeply rooted problem within this district, which neither of you even see!!!
Your three fellow board members see it, know it, and deal with your ignorant buffonery twice a month!!
Well, I think that’s it….. Ha Ha Ha probably not, but that’s all for now folks!!
Again My name is Joe Sacco; and I don’t speak up so people say good job; or you are such an asshole….
IT’S NOT ABOUT ME…. It is however ABOUT EVERY LAST CHILD in ISD #701….
There is plenty of good within ISD #701; (which I have not been shy about saying in the past, maybe i should’ve stated it more?), it’s a shame the same CAN NOT be said about some of the ADULTS that have been tasked with being “leaders” of this district!!
School board member Kathy Nyberg wrote an outstanding piece in the Hibbing Daily Tribune this week.
I would be doing the students of ISD #701 a disservice by not adding it here!!
Kudos to you Kathy!!
The information Kathy shares in said article, shows that dispite the lack of competent leadership within ISD #701 the student’s still are “on it.”
Good job KIDS!!
Well, on 4/6/2016 the other shoe dropped on one Jac Fleming. GOOD….. Our school children are a bit safer as of today…. or June 30th…. which is it?
That was rather confusing to read in the HDT, one would hope that gets some clarification, sooner than later.
Even the three obstructionist school board members couldn’t screw up the vote to accept this pig’s resignation.
I for one will volunteer to follow you around to your next job Mr. Fleming, especially….. (God pray it’s not) at a school.
Did he keep his teaching license, or his counselor’s license? (Sarcasm) if this statement is lost on you, read here skip right to the MNDHR report half way down. It’s long, but you’ll see if you read through it all. 😉
Or his, insert a license here!!! 😉
You got off easy by resigning…. you should have never had that choice!
As I stated “one down.”
Quite a few more to go!!
While there is reason to be excited in this news, also temper your excitement with the steely resolve that much more needs to be done within this district, for our young ones to be truly safe!!
The topic of misconduct by ISD #701 administration and certain staff IS NOT negativity, it’s news.
News that should be known by all; NOT swept into some corner, or “under the rug”….. where only the “privileged few” are privy. As I’ve stated before, those past actions are why we are here today.
Let me take a moment to repeat myself…
The reason I’m being so vocal…
That reason is NOT about me!!
Me standing and saying……..
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH already, IS about each and every child in this district; YOUR child, my children… the COMMUNITY’S children!!
Please DO NOT lose sight of this FACT!!
I also DO NOT take pride in writing these words, or any words prior on this sad topic.
Actually writing about this topic is becoming depressing and dark.
However, if my words and thoughts (on this subject), make just one person stop and ask themselves, “what the hell is going on” in this school district, then it has been worth it.
That in essence, makes one more person whose eyes have been opened to the bad that’s been happening in this district.
I’m tired of the whispers.
I’m tired of seeing the looks of pain in the eyes, and on certain parents faces while they talk (what little they can share) about what happened to their child at the hands of so-called adult LEADERS within this school district.
It’s shameful a parent has to watch their child suffer over something that was so preventable, yet was left to happen so frequently, by the very people who could have stopped it after report NUMBER 1.
Trust me when I say, I’d much rather write and post pictures about “stupid bike shit” instead!!
The NEXT one to go???
Ha yes I have a list!! 😉
One principal Mr. F. a supposed “mandated reporter”….
“mandated reporters are people who have regular contact with vulnerable people/children and are therefore legally required to ensure a report is made when abuse is observed or suspected.”
The man who was in charge of making sure all recorded incidents of misconduct by one Jac Fleming (or whomever) were properly recorded and cataloged!! Again……………..
From the State of Minnesota
Guess what, that never happened!! Hence, now former (or soon to be) ISD #701 employee Jac Fleming kept hold of his job for far longer than he would have if Mr. F. would have done his J.O.B.!
Why oh why is no one investigating this man?? His past should warrant more than just a casual glance!!
If I performed my job as poorly as this man did his, guess what, I’d be looking for a new job!!
How about you, if you handled your job as Mr. F. has??
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
How on earth do 60 plus misconduct reports just disappear??
Makes one wonder, doesn’t it??
I’LL STATE THIS HERE…… if you HAVE EVER reported any misconduct to current principal Mr. F. or former superintendent Belluzzo and NOTHING was done after you reported….. CONSIDER REFILING your report with the chief of the Hibbing Police Department……
Also, a fact that SHOULD NOT be lost on ANYONE.. how does a local priest get charged with sexual misconduct at the private catholic school. Subsequently gets walked out of the building in handcuffs, lead straight to jail, and there he sits while the investigation is “on going.”
Yet a high school teacher who sent pictures of his genitalia to young girls, and is also the high school boys head (hmm hmm) is asked to leave the school after the season is over, told to stay away; but we’ll still pay you while the investigation is ongoing??
There there little perv, coddle coddle, it’ll be ok!!??
WHAT?? Are you freaking kidding me??!! This jack-ass should be sitting in a cell right next to the priest!!! “While the investigation is ongoing.”
Please, Please… someone tell me the difference between the priest and the creepy “junk” picture sending teacher…. ANYONE??
I DO NOT understand…… is it as simple as the teachers union standing behind him, despite his lude, and yet to be determined possible criminal behavior?
God I would hope not!!
When you prey on children, even a union has to take a stand against such actions….. one would think, correct?
Or am I just to much of a black and white……..(there CAN NOT be any gray on this matter)….. right and wrong kind of thinker??
Also, does anyone else find it convenient……..Opps I was told I CAN NOT say what I wanted to say here…. I’m sorry!!
Yes, this fact pisses me off to no end also……
And anyone that truly knows me, knows me leaving something unsaid stings!! 😉 but out of respect for the ones I call family it must be this way. So be it. Anyway, I make up for it below!! 😉
Which brings me to this…. I was called and asked to talk with the investigator this past week… I reluctantly agreed.
Knowing full well what was to be asked of me; while I had hoped it would be deeper than some strong opinions
typed out on a computer screen, alas it was not!!
I’ll say the conversation was short, and I left the room as soon as I saw where the questions were headed…..
Again, this whole mess is not about ME.
Yes, I know…. keep going……
As I left the high school these thoughts were running through my mind on my pedal home………. (thank God for my bicycle!!!)
If the district truly took any and all allegations seriously, why are you (the investigator) here now, and someone else wasn’t here 50, 40, 30, 20, or even 5 years ago???
Could it be because we finally have a competent superintendent???
Ding…… Ding….. Ding
Ladies and gentlemen i think we have a winner!!
Even in the brief time i sat with the investigator, i definitely sensed the distinct under tones of coming change…… again…… gathered from the brief time I sat with the young investigator/attorney type fellow…. nice enough young man he was; doing a thankless job far away from home. Again, I’m sorry I wasted your time Sir.
I do have to say MY opinion of Mr. Johnson has come to be one of…. “he’s here to do THE RIGHT thing.” He did walk into this shit show, and while change is not easy and may not move along as swiftly as we parents or community member’s would like….. keep in mind… and this is important…. The superintendent works for the school board….. so eggshells must be walked upon by Mr. Johnson…. the man’s lively hood, and way of providing for his family would be on the line if he was to take the way of the bull through the china shop approach.
One Mr. Johnson made a public apology for Christ sake, on behalf of the district, and as he said he wasn’t even employed by this district at the time.
Yet the so-called leaders who have been with this district from the beginning of this “shit show” sit silently with their mouths firmly closed, and say nothing!!
This should speak volumes to the community; are you listening???
I’ll say this again… Mr. John Berklich, Mr. Tony Kuznik and Mr. Jeff Polcher are removed from this current school board, this superintendent CAN NOT truly be the change this district so desperately needs!!!
Our community and above all our community’s children deserve better than Mr. John Berklich, Mr. Tony Kuznik and Mr. Jeff Polcher…. is that clear enough community members??
Remember their silence when November 2016 gets here!!!
Yes, I have strong feelings about the misconduct and unequivocally horrid behavior that’s been going on in this district for far to long; but I ask……… Who am I? I am literal nobody.
I am however one extremely pissed off human being.
How can a tenured teacher, a substitute teacher and a supposed leader of a school in this district bring about as much shame, if not more than Mr. Fleming did????
God damn people…………….
WAKE THE HELL UP!!!!
These are our children!!
This is not the behavior of a healthy society, or behavior of mentally well-adjusted people i want teaching and leading the children of our community!! What say you??
Again it’s a sad state of affairs if we let this behavior go on unchecked, as it has been for much too long already!!
Did I mention I’m really pissed off?? 😉
Why am I one of so few who’ve been speaking up so publicly?
I am not anyone special, believe you me!! As I stated above I’m nobody…..
I am however unafraid of people like Mr. John Berklich or Mr. Tony Kuznik and Mr. Jeff Polcher….. they are mere men.
Two of these three men are from an era of rampant corruption within ISD #701…. lead by the likes of former superintendent Belluzzo.
Why does this district find itself where it does today? Look no further than the likes of Berklich, Kuznik and Belluzzo.
Furthermore, what people think of me makes little difference to me… either you like me, or you do not…. yes it’s actually that simple.
I DO NOT lose any sleep worrying about people who do not like me…. boo hoo.
If I did, trust me I’d never sleep!! 😉
I DO NOT answer to you or anyone else. I have a backbone, I have a voice, and I am my own man, and will speak freely unafraid!! Last time I checked we still live in America!!
I will continue to be UNAFRAID to speak up, and speak up loudly when I see bad things happening to children, especially children, I just CAN NOT stay silent!!
The affected children may not be my own, but they could be.
Also, if I wasn’t able to speak up, for whatever reason, I sure the hell hope someone would stand up and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH already!
I know for a fact there’s other people within this community with far more knowledge of the wrong doings by people in supposed power within this school district!!!
I ask…. WHERE ARE YOU??
Again, I ask WHERE ARE YOU?????
Will you step forward unafraid, strong, and willing to do what’s right for, and by the young school aged members of this community??
Where are the people who really know all this district’s dirty little secrets??
Why not come forward and speak your mind???
What better time than right here and now??
What do you have to lose?
If you don’t want to speak, I’ll listen to what you have to say.
Believe it or not, all I’ve shared here in this little corner of the internet is just the tip of the nasty iceberg that is ISD #701 corruption…. while I may speak my mind, I’m also good at keeping things unsaid, no matter how much it pisses me off to do so!! 😉
Afraid of losing your standing in the community? Really? If that’s the case seriously think about growing a backbone.
You’ll look like you don’t have someone’s back??
COME ON!! Read that part about a backbone again!!
The people I feel for the most, besides the young children obviously; are the teachers…. again I’m going to repeat myself, but I think it’s VERY VERY important!
There are more awesomely GOOD teachers than bad, from the high school teachers on down through all levels of ISD #701. Good hard-working, UNDER paid individuals!!!
I’ve kept my distance from the schools, for obvious reasons……. BUT……
I imagine this has been the year the teachers wish they could have a “do over” on.
I also imagine the end of this school year CAN NOT come fast enough for this embattled group!!
That douchebag Fleming wasn’t embattled, what a joke of a headline HDT!!! He is and forever more will be a cowardly douchebag!!
The fine educators of this district are the truly embattled ones!!!
Embattled: engaged in battle or conflict : surrounded by enemies
characterized by conflict or controversy
This group of educators have had maybe the worst year of teaching throughout their whole careers!!
Imagine if you will, the worst day you’ve ever had at your job…. now think of that worst day playing over and over, and over again….. welcome to the year in the life of a teacher in ISD #701 school district….. all while your main priority is keeping order in your classroom, keeping lesson plans straight, doing this, doing that….. yet there’s that filth again, showing its ugly face day after day!!
Did I say these people don’t get paid enough, especially this year??
Oh yeah, I did!! 😉
Chins up teacher’s, there is a light at the end of this school years tunnel!!
ENOUGH is ENOUGH…….
Because this subject IS NOT about ME, or YOU the reader; it’s about each and every child that is making their way through ISD #701, or is about to embark on their journey through this once PROUD district!!
Will the REAL leaders of ISD #701 PLEASE stand up????
Mind you, what I’m about to say below is the one constant from the here and now, to back in my day….. One Man!!
Keep this fact in mind as you read…
I’d like to get one thing out there, then it won’t be brought up again. 😉
For the past 18-20 month’s I’ve been wondering why a current school board member aka “Mr. Prove It” as I like to call him… has been so nonchalant about the Mr. Fleming situation.
Even having gone so far as yelling prove it (hence my name for him), to a certain concerned community member early in 2015 after a board meeting.
It dawned on me a week or so ago, that “Mr. Prove It” was Mr. Fleming exactly 30 years ago this year.
He was actually worse than Mr. Fleming, as he had an sexual relationship with a Hibbing High School female student during my junior and senior year’s…..
Mind you, while also serving on the ISD #701 school board…. so, it finally makes perfect sense why he’s acted so nonchalantly and/or dismissive towards the PROVEN actions of Mr. Fleming.
It’s sad this person is now back (as of 2014) and is currently serving on this school board…. I guess it’s no wonder the district is where it is??!!??
I will say…. these first few paragraphs will be referenced many times throughout this whole post.
You’ve been warned!! 😉
Obviously this post will compare ISD #701 now, to 30-40 years ago….it could actually go back further……
Yes I hear you….
Thanks Captain Obvious!! 😉
Specifically the late 70’s to 1986. Because after ’86 I was gone to make my own way in the world.
The most glaring differences are obvious to anyone who grew up in that era…. cellphones were in the infant stage, I mean bag phone infancy… and the Internet?
Ha get outside and play, go in the woods and get lost, go find your friends.
The Internet?? Please!!
What’s not so different??
Administration and teacher misconduct within ISD #701, and the act of sweeping said misconduct under the preverbial rug.
Again I reference whom from that era is also now currently serving on this school board….. cowinkydink….
I THINK NOT!!!
If you’re reading this, and were fortunate enough to get an A+++ education from this district, you have an idea what I’m talking about.
The whispering was always there!!
The small huddle of children talking softly amongst themselves; that before one knew it, wasn’t so quiet and wasn’t held amongst their group for long; before the whole school student body knew.
I’m sure the whole student body knowing what was/is happening currently in HHS is the same then, as it is now; maybe even more so. Reference those two things I talked about a bit earlier…. Internet and smartphones…
ding ding ding….
Teacher M was sleeping with student F.
Substitute teacher F was sleeping with student M, and substitute teacher M was sleeping with student F.
School board member M was sleeping with student F.
Teacher M is sleeping with teacher F.
You get my point….. sadly!!
And certain current ISD #701 school board member’s had/have a hard time understanding, or thought my last post calling this district out as supporting a “Rape Culture” was out of line???
To those board member’s I say… pull your head out of your ass, or out of the proverbial sand, and WAKE the hell up!!!
I’m sure this isn’t an ISD #701 problem, but that’s all I have to base my thinking on, why?? Because I (along with many of you), lived through it.
Plus now I’m a father of young girls, and this kind of garbage is still happening, at an even more alarming rate than in the past!!
I heard the whispers, I heard the rumours. As those of you reading this, who attended this high school also heard.
Now, does this make everything I heard, or you heard true?? Probably not….
ALTHOUGH.. I’m trying to show the mentality this school district has allowed to sit festering, so much so, that the district finds themselves where they are today because of it…….
Firmly swoosh’ around the toilet bowl like last night’s dinner!!
Funny….. Not so much…. reference that part in the beginning of this post here.
Anyway, you get what I’m saying!!!!
Fast forward to today, or this day and age of ISD #701…. which the only thing that has changed is technology.
The mindset of the district is still stuck in the past……
Damn here he is again…. (Reference who’s currently serving on this school board from that past above). Is the root of the problem becoming clear to you now???
We do have the Internet with all of it’s time sucking glory, which we are all taking part in while reading this!! 😉
While the Internet has its good and wonderful uses, it too has its dark underbelly of evil, mind warping images, videos and many other things; that can make a person do or say some pretty unimaginable things, with little to no accountability or consequences.
Most of us have those small handheld mini supercomputers called cellphones or (smartphones)… ha now there’s a contradiction in terms… smart phone??!!
Which just so happen to be this era’s Polaroid camera…. discrete, quick, and sometimes people (hmm who could that be??) Being unable to control their urge to use them in an inappropriate manner.
I think we as a society are dumber, slower, more lazy, and lacking GOOD fundamental MORALS than we’ve ever been, because of technology.
You think I’m wrong???
In this day and age…….
How and why is a male teacher sending “junk” pictures to student’s via the afore-mentioned smart phone??
HOW CAN THIS BE??
How can this teacher think this a good idea??
All i can say to this teacher is…. You stupid fucking idiot!!!!
You ignorant, arrogant fool…. the way you weaseled your way into these girls life’s is disturbing!!
Yet when you met a daughter (who was/is a student in your class), of a former classmate of yours, you moved on to your next target, like a shark swimming through the ocean looking for an easy meal.
YES I’m calling you a predator!!!
You sick, disgusting, cowardly little man…. you knew this former classmate of yours would raise holy hell if she found a picture of your private parts on her daughters phone!!
You Sir are well below Mr. Fleming, you sick PIG!!
Police, lawyers and all kinds of people are wondering around the Hibbing High school asking students question after question. How great that must be for current students and teachers???
Which leads me to my biggest question involving this…….
Why on earth does any member of ISD #701 have a student’s cell phone number???
What on earth is the reasoning for that??
I’ve thought about it…. there is NO reason…. Although………no…. hold on…. wait….. yup still NO!!
THERE IS NO REASON ANY MEMBER OF ISD #701 HAS A STUDENT’S CELLPHONE NUMBER!!! PERIOD!!!
I DO NOT care if the student is 18 years of age. No reason!!
I’d like to know where in the ISD #701 handbook of teacher and administrative behavior it states, it’s ok for any adult to have free reign over a child’s cellphone number, email address etc……
This brings me to another topic….. iPad use by school children. I will for sure leave this topic for another time.
Well, this begs the age-old question, where are the parents?
I have quite a few teacher/administration friends, both in this district and throughout the state of Minnesota, and the country.
To a person, parent involvement is a huge concern, let me correct that statement…. lack of parent involvement is a HUGE concern with each and every person I’ve talked to.
I AM the last person whose gonna sit and preach about how to be a good parent…. trust me!!
I understand that “life happens” sometimes….. and parent participation presents difficulties…. but holy hell this is your child’s future!!
PAY ATTENTION, be involved!!
Parents…. check your childs phones, check you child’s computer’s…. you’re not your child’s friend, YOU ARE THEIR PARENT!!
If you do not hear these words often…. “I hate you,” coming from your child’s mouth, YOU are doing it wrong.
This brings me to my next topic….
I DO NOT care what you do in your personal life, really I don’t.
There’s a reason it’s called your personal life!!
With that said….. when your personal life bleeds into your professional life as an educator or an administrator of a school district…. I will then, have a problem!!
I DO NOT care if you have relationships with farm animals.
I DO NOT care if you have an “open,” swinger style relationship.
I DO NOT care if you like the same-sex.
When that relationship, whichever it might be, starts to show in your job…
You, me, and every child has a HUGE problem!!
Also, the parents of school aged children and the community as a whole should start to wonder what the hell is going on??!!??
YOU, be it a teacher or a supposed leader of a school, all the way down to a substitute teacher SHOULD HAVE the highest moral standards to set for our future leaders of the free world!!
You think my thinking is over the top?? Sorry, I DO NOT!!
What is the example these people are setting for our children??
That it’s ok to have relationships outside of marriage?
That’s it’s ok to party with the children you lead, mentor and see on a daily basis for over a half a years time???
You were all where you were as representatives of ISD #701, you should have acted accordingly!! In hind sight you DID NOT!
You’ve all failed at your jobs, and fell in line with the other leaders of ISD #701 who DO NOT lead!!
Boundaries come to mind, ya know??
You are the teachers, you are the administrator…. they are the STUDENTS, in essence CHILDREN!!
Instead of walking around saying these are just nasty rumors being spread by horrible people… STAND UP, take responsibility for your actions, own up to your mistakes.
Show the children what it’s like to be a true adult/leader!!! After all of your actions, it’s the least you could do!!
How can you lead a school district, and or teach children, when you have ZERO credibility and ZERO respect??
I also feel for the good upstanding teachers.
The teachers that have to come to work every day dreading and asking themselves “what will today bring?”
DO NOT misunderstand, there are many very fine teachers in this district; who have held their heads high while this filth has filled in around them.
Some of the current teachers must be asking themselves, “what did we do to deserve this?” OR “maybe I should look for work in a different district?”
AND “why aren’t our leader’s doing their jobs?”
These teachers are also concerned parents!!! Concerned parents who have to keep quiet through this whole mess, even if they know certain things…. they CAN NOT speak up, for fear of losing the very jobs they love, and now HATE with as much passion as their love of teaching young minds once was.
More so than anything I’ve written above, I feel for the students.
How would you like to look back at your last two years of your high school days, and always be reminded of the dark cloud you graduated under??
These years are supposed to be the best times of your life; the building blocks of a bright future!!
These poor children will look back at their time in Hibbing School and cringe, at what a few piss poor supposed leader’s and a few low moral teachers allowed to happen to them all….
Nothing within this district will ever change until…..
These 3 board member’s are GONE….
Mr. John Berklich, Mr. Tony Kuznik and Mr. Jeff Polcher.
These 3 DO NOT have the best interests of the children firmly planted at the forefront of their thinking!! Their actions over the past few year’s has been self-serving and arrogant!
These 3 elected officials DO NOT represent me, you, or the community… and above that; they sure as HELL DO NOT represent the students of ISD #701.
As an example…. watch the 1st 15-20 minutes here NOW….. am I the only one who sees that the 3 mentioned above, who are being obstructionist, self-serving… along with holding on tooth and nail to some preconceived notion of power?? It’s like they talked before hand and said “this is what we’ll do.”
These are not MEN that have the interest of anyone but themselves in mind. Embarrassing…..
These 3 are trying to do the RIGHT thing, but are continuously blocked by the 3 above!!
Mr. Bob Clover, Mr. Mitch Vincent and Ms. Kathy Nyberg.
Another thought I’ve had while researching other district’s school board’s………
Why is there an even number of board member’s in this district??
In closing I’ll leave you with this……… the ISD #701 Vision Statement……
Hibbing School District Vision Statement :
Hibbing Public Schools, in partnership with our community, are committed to academic excellence and the opportunity for all students to develop their talents in a caring, safe environment.
AND THE district Mission Statement….
Hibbing School District Mission Statement:
Hibbing Public Schools will provide all students with a quality education designed to help them develop their fullest potential.
We accomplish the Mission with:
**Open and consistent communication among students, parents, staff and community.
**Highly skilled and motivated staff.
**A safe and positive environment.
**Trust and respect among students, parents, staff and community.
**Successful, effective partnerships.
**Fair and equitable policies and procedures.
This post has been long enough….. so I won’t blow holes in those two statements above.
According to the obstructionist 3 board member’s, they’ve followed these statements to the letter???
Ha laughable….. I know you the reader, are smarter than that!!
Again, MY name is Joe Sacco…. you have a problem with what I say??
Take it up with ME!!!
A one post departure from biking once AGAIN… damn this is the broken record of all broken record’s, that just won’t stop!!
I thought about paying to have this put in the local paper, thought about it.
Some of the feedback I recieved by people I respect for their honesty, and just being good solid humans; was less than stellar.
Some comments, but not all.
“Are you going for the shock value in the begining?”
My answer… YES!!
Something has to give in this situation.
“Maybe you should sit on this for awhile, you sound very angry here.”
Again, YES I’m angry!!
At the lack of concern by the district’s leadership.
Then there was even more support the other way…… like…..
“I really REALLY like it!”
And, “I couldn’t have said it better, good for you!”
I referenced what Amanda Batty went through at pinkbike almost a year ago in the opening two paragraphs of this letter.
Then read Red Kite Prayer dot coms two articles by Patrick Brady totally backing up Amanda.
#2. Too Many White Guys.
Now this is within the bike industry, but it didn’t deal with actual physical rape; am I wrong to draw the line from what Amanda went through, to those 60 plus young girls and what they went through, at the hands of an assistant principal of Hibbing High School??
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here.
You be the judge…..
Do I have your attention now??
Rape Culture defined…..
“Rape Culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popularculture.”
While the actions of Mr. Fleming didn’t involve drugs or alcohol; and can not be classified as rape, they did involve power.
Power over vulnerable children; yet his actions definitely fall under the term (how sad we have a term), “rape culture.”
While Mr. Fleming most definetly DID NOT physically rape those young girls, the effects of WHAT HE DID DO, are the same as if he had.
Yet ISD #701 says let’s move forward from this. How can this be?
That a few elected officals and a superintendent can ignore something that is so glaring WRONG??
Also, in light of this new “alleged” misconduct by a teacher….. who’s running this circus that’s ISD #701??
This seems to be a district wide problem!!
From the afore mentioned vice principal Mr. Fleming’s proven misconduct; to a male teacher sending pictures of his “junk” to female students…. WHAT?? To other leaders of the district lacking in moral clarity, and using poor judgment.
With the bright spot light that’s been on this district for how long?
How could an adult think this was a good idea??
Dog doo… AGAIN!!
It’s ok, let’s whisper about wrong doings in the corner, or talk quietly amongst ourselves; but never ever ever say anything out loud!! God forbid, the horror!!
Hey that’s the exact reason this district is circling the toilet bowl, but let’s keep doing the same thing!!
While this sheds a light on one teacher’s huge lapse in judgement; it SHOULD NOT however cast any bad light on all the totally awesome teacher’s that work throughout this school district.
“If women/young girls can’t speak out for fear of retaliation, then it falls to men to stand up for what’s right.”
– Patrick Brady: redkiteprayer.com
Are there any MEN with strong morals left in ISD #701??
Is the moral compass completely broken at H.H.S.?
Maybe it’s time for ISD #701 to be lead by strong capable women?
Because men sure have put this district in the toilet!!
I think that we all need to ask ourselves what is wrong with the school
district’s leadership, how did they fail our children and what can we do to fix the mistakes?
Repeatedly ISD #701 has stepped in the proverbial dog doo.
Almost always, ISD #701 does the opposite of the right thing. Why have the mistakes continued to be perpetuated and why won’t the leaders of the school admit that wrongdoing has occurred? As far as I’m concerned this wrongdoing is morally wrong and perhaps even criminal.
Parents, community members and students want to express their concern to the school board members yet are unable to do so in the current structure? Why must the meeting be held at 3pm? Who is this convenient for?
The meetings are held at this time to be an obstacle to those who would like to attend but cannot.
Another obstacle is the refusal of the school board chairman and superintendent to allow community participation in the meetings.
Why is this?
They are supposed to represent the citizens and most important the students.
However, this representation is not occurring.
In turbulent times such as these, which have been brought on by a partial “do nothing school board” and a less than professional former superintendent, there should be NO issues with board meeting times being moved.
This would accommodate working community member’s who feel the need to voice their opinion, good or bad.
It would go a long way towards showing community member’s and the district employees they (the school board) are serious about being transparent and truly taking steps to move forward.
The school board members should listen to the opinions with respect.
Take the good with the bad, own your mistakes just like you’d take the praise.
I have verified with other school districts throughout the state, both big and small in all instances that meeting times are between 5-7pm to allow for parent and community participation.
An example of this school boards unwillingness to do the right thing….
“In the January board meeting, three of the members refused to follow the previous stated rule as to who was next in line to be chairman. Why do they continue to do things that are self serving and do not benefit the school?”
The current chairman speaks to the other board members in such a condescending undertone.
He demonstrates no respect for school board members, parents or students.
It would appear that he has his own agenda and this does not include improving the school.
It’s time we as a community stand up and say enough!!
Recently the spokesperson of the Hibbing Coalition for Safe and Accountable schools was denied speaking time…. WHY???
Again, every school district that I talked to–each and every one said public speaking time was excepted and encouraged.
Each district had different time limits but public speaking time, both good and bad speaking is encouraged.
What makes ISD #701 immune from allowing community member’s to voice their opinion?
Hmm…. funny how that works isn’t it?
If a concerned citizen/parent has something to say, they should have ample time to voice their concerns, be it good or bad.
If the school board was run by adults who didn’t think they come before the children I really don’t think we’d be where we are today.
How dare Superintendent Johnson deem his emails confidential or proprietary to his or anyone else’s “need to know.”
The only logical conclusion I’ve been able to come up with??
Certain board members and Superintendent Johnson have a problem with strong, smart, well spoken women.
I mean really, what else could it be, maybe because they know she’s right??
This is a school system in disarray from top to bottom from years of doing the wrong thing.
Doesn’t this register with anyone??
I don’t understand why there aren’t more people speaking up?
The people in charge of ISD #701 are acting like it’s fine, or no big deal… let’s just move forward. I know I’m not “ok” with such thinking!! Are you?
Has society’s moral compass become so broken that keeping someone such as Mr. Fleming amongst youngsters, who he habitually, (yes 60 times is habitual) exploited become the norm??
God help us all if this is true!!
In closing, I’ll leave you with this thought…. WHAT IF???
One more time WHAT IF???
Mr. Fleming has an itch he just can’t scratch, WHAT IF???
Mr. Fleming does something worse than he’s already done??
Remember now it’s proven….
Who’ll be to blame then??
I ask…. WHAT IF???
These are MY words and MY words alone… MY NAME is Joe Sacco
Giants Ridge, Biwabik, Mn.
The day started out awesome, cloudy skies, mid 60’s. It poured the night before, I mean really rained!
So going in, (one knew it’d be a wet sloppy fun day on two wheels) any mud hole that was dry, was guaranteed to be full of water.
These three Photo’s are Credited to: The Cyclists of The Laurentian Divide.
The fast guys were fast, and then there was me!!! LOL
Never fast, but i’ll go all day!? 😉
Well after the 1st 22 mile loop, (which was my favorite), thanks Erik!!
It was everything the Iron Range has to offer….. fast two track/wheeler trails, not so fast two track/rock laden wheeler trails…. a lake shore traverse (that was simply AWESOME!!!)
I could’ve stopped my day right then and there!
Then it was finished off with some paved shoulder riding and “hero” gravel back to Giants Ridge for a quick pedal (see not quick for me), to the top of the ski hill….. by this time the heat and humidity were kicking in, in a big way!!
Never one to shy away from a challenge I went full on up that damn hill….. hind sight being what it is….. I should’ve skipped that damn climb!! 😉
It was only a 3-4 miles at most, but it totally kicked my ass!!
I pedaled, pushed, pushed, pedaled, sat down in the shade and rested, pushed, pedaled and rested a couple more times before I reached the top. Did I say I should’ve skipped that hill??? The coast down, well, was just that a quick coast down.
After refilling my water….. I was on my
way for the final loop of the cloverleaf shaped course.
Well, it started on the Silver xc ski trail at Giants Ridge (I think) LOL….. did I already say I shouldn’t have tried to pedal/push to the top of the ski hill?? The 1st big hill I came to killed me, and then the next and the next. I knew I was done, but thought ” how bad could it be?” My legs have been toast before, but I’ve suffered on. Well, with the mixture of high 80’s and high humidity to match, and the never ending ski trail hills, hills, hills, hills……
I was demoralized, and thinking I should pull the plug.
I fought the “pulling the plug” feeling for 5-6 miles, but the damn hills, hills I was having to push up, damn John Filander!!!!
John’s name was cursed more than once during those miles!!
In a good way John, trust me!! 😉
It was what it was, and don’t change a thing with the course, well…. maybe a few less hills!!! 😉 😉
Then I got here….. only a short pedal (under 2 miles?) back to Giants Ridge.
I gave myself 15 minutes….. then another 10……. then another 15.. LOL
After that i knew it was time to head back to Giants Ridge, and the family that was cheering me on; and the nice cold beer and burger I knew was waiting for me also.
Ending my ride here was one of the smarter things I’ve done in recent memory while on a ride.
I felt bad about it yes; but how I know i would’ve felt if I continued on…… let’s just say I felt great after my 33 plus miles!! 😉
Also, all pictures are taken by Mom/Cindi unless noted.