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Letter to the editor: School board member should be asked to resign

12:00 PM, Aug. 21, 2013  |  Comments
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To the editor:

I would like to address the Pulaski School Board members. With the recent citation being given to School Board member Christine Vandenhouten, PhD, after hosting an underage drinking party at her home on May 12, why have you not censured or asked Ms. Vandenhouten to resign? Also, where is the outrage of the parents who have students in the Pulaski Community School System? Is this a person you would like representing your children and also taxpayers in the school district?

Ms. Vandenhouten is not a good representative of the school system and their mission statement and has missed several school board meetings since this occurred. What example is this setting for our children?

This all came to light when I sat as an observer in a recent Hobart Municipal court. Attending that day in court were teenagers who received citations for attending an underage drinking party, some along with their parents, there to plead their case. As one by one plead no contest (guilty) and took responsibility for their citation.

On the same date, Vandenhouten, instead of showing up in person, mailed in her plea of not guilty and was convicted on July 30 in Hobart Municipal Court. Is this who you would like representing your children?

I am encouraging Pulaski Community School Board members and parents to ask Christine Vandenhouten, PhD, to resign from her post from the school board.

Beth Trudell

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