Katko asks for calm

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By Carol A. Clark

Expressing concern for the escalating anger surrounding why, and whether, he’s losing his job, Mountain Principal Mike Katko is asking people to remember the children.

In a letter he delivered to the Monitor, Katko tells community members that he harbors “no ill will towards anyone.”

“I am completely overwhelmed by the letters, e-mails, hugs and tears I have received these past few weeks. I am doing well and feel nothing but gratitude and a sense of being blessed and highly favored … I am hoping that we can remain positive for the children of our great community.”

Talk of Katko losing his job has simmered for weeks. It came to a boil one morning in late March after several calls came into the Monitor from individuals anxious to know whether Katko’s job was in jeopardy.

The school board met twice the night before in closed session and discussion of personnel matters topped both agendas.

Denials did not surface during calls placed from the Monitor to Katko, a school board member or the superintendent.

“It’s a personnel matter and I cannot comment,” School Board member Jody Benson said that morning.

“I don’t want to discuss my particular case until I’ve had a chance to sit down with the superintendent,” Katko had said.

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