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Letter: Sarah Berggren should not be dismissed as a disgruntled employee

To the Editor:

On Dec. 2, I submitted a letter to the East Grand Board of Education, although I have yet to receive any communication or verification of the fact that it was received, nor seen any action.

The purpose of my letter was to provide detailed support for Sarah Berggren’s letter to the Board, sharing my experiences with the current superintendent and trying to confirm Sarah’s contentions. As a former administrator in the District (principal of Granby Elementary School from 1981-1990 and Superintendent from 1996-2008) I have perceptions which I believe have some validity.

When Sarah Berggren started in the East Grand School District almost 11 years ago, she came with glowing recommendations, most notably from Jerry Groswold, with whom she had worked at the Winter Park Resort. Over the four years we worked together, I experienced someone who could always see the positive in a situation, very capable in job performance and was loyal beyond belief. In the past six months, Sarah and I talked some about how she might be able to handle the work situation. She was increasingly frustrated, but wanted to support her boss.

She did seek out some other opportunities within the area, but when the position became available in Durango, she chose to pursue it. It meant uprooting her family, but they support Sarah’s decision for her own good. The District and community have lost a valuable staff member and I sense other staff may follow if given an opportunity. I believe the circumstances Sarah has raised should be addressed and not just dismissed as coming from a disgruntled employee.

During my tenure as principal and superintendent of this District, I was part of personnel decisions which were not always easy, sometimes even significantly controversial. The bottom line was that respect for others had to be maintained. In that time, I worked with numerous school board members and appreciated the work done. The Board should represent the interests and values of the community as to how school business is conducted, being ultimately responsible and having to make difficult decisions.

Copies of Sarah’s letter are available for anyone at the School District Administration Building, but understand individuals have to make a request in writing and sign for access to Sarah’s letter, which is public record. The public and communities need to be aware that this overall situation is more than a reaction to change in leadership and brings to light significant concerns.

Robb Rankin


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