May 6, 2003
Why should the School Board or any of us care about a hockey coach? Actually the real issue in Mr. Randolphs dismissal isn't about hockey at all. It is about the heart and soul and integrity of the school system, how it treats the people who give students their heart and soul. The school district has a teachable moment. What will we learn?
We've learned a lot about Mr. Randolph- fifteen years of dedication, a record of excellence that has earned a statewide reputation of achievement for Duluth Schools.
The passionate loyalty of past and present students who credit him with teaching them
about far more than hockey. And courage. The courage to turn down the cynical offer
of a ceremony to hide the unseemly nature of his dismissal. The courage to face
down the rumors, innuendo, and anonymous slander directed at him. The courage to
formally waive his privacy rights to seek the truth. Otherwise, we would never
know how flawed the decision making process in dealing with employees has
Matt hand penned the following note to me on his letter-to-the-editor which he also sent to me.
FYI Harry - This is partly why I think the issue is important far beyond the present case. Matt