TORKELSON'S SALARY -- $137,937
BENEFITS -- $30,704
TOTAL -- $168,641
CONTRACT -- $98,000
Increased to $113,500 for 2017-18







Wednesday, November 1, 2017


The Circus Has Come to Town
NO, IT WAS ACTUALLY THE MERCER SCHOOL DISTRICT’S BUDGET HEARING, ANNUAL MEETING AND MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
“It would be comical if it wasn’t that it was supposed to be a serious matter,” one Mercer resident lamented.
He was referring to what he had just experienced as probably the most bizarre display of abuse of power, ignorance of the law and bullying of taxpayers during the Mercer School District’s October 30 budget hearing, annual meeting and monthly board meeting.
“Amateurish and unprofessional,” was another comment. 
In the center ring was the monthly school board meeting where one board member shouted obscenities and another board member menacingly charged at a speaking Mercer taxpayer and had to be led away by a deputy sheriff. 
But the real center ring performance, which is likely to give Mercer another BIG black eye,  was the school board’s approval of Mercer School District Erik Torkelson’s misguided demand to pursue legal action for what would be a clear violation of everyone’s First Amendment right to free speech.  He has taken offense at the school being labeled as “failing”, and wants the school district to pursue a certain-to-lose libel lawsuit.  
Many people recall the “black eye” Mercer received when it got extensive negative publicity which went viral nationally – even internationally.  The publicity resulted from the showing of the sexually explicit movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” to young school girls in the back seat of school board member Kelly Kohegyi’s car.  Kohegyi, who is Torkelson’s mother-in-law, in spite of that incident, is still on the school board.  She is up for reelection this coming spring.
But the real purpose of Torkelson’s ill-conceived and illegal libel lawsuit is to get his nemesis, Christa Reinert, off of the school board.  Since she was elected by 452 Mercer citizens, Christa has relentlessly tried to clean up the school district mess and restore transparency.  And Torkelson has relentlessly tried to get rid of her.
So much went on during the three-ring Mercer school board circus that it will have to be reported in subsequent blogs.  Or, you may be reading and hearing about it from the international print and broadcast news media.  Because trying to suppress free speech is BIG news.
Although the Mercer school board circus came to town without the elephants, tightrope walkers or lions and tigers, it did come with some clowns.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw this circus years ago in a movie titled, "Something Wicked This Way Comes".

Anonymous said...

GREAT BLOG! But this is serious stuff. More reasons to dump Torkelson and four of the five of his stooge board members. Of course, keep Reinert.

Anonymous said...

It looks like this School Board is on a self-destructive path, led by Torkelson.

Julie said...

It’s your right to put whatever on your blog, but when you don’t have an adversary comment nothing is getting done!

Anonymous said...

Brandt charging a senior citizen, Pierce shouting out obscentities and Torkelson minimizing the importance of the ACT – fine role models for children.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Brandt run on a platform of "Doing the right thing"? So this is his idea of the right thing?

MSF said...
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Anonymous said...

At the meeting Pierpont asked Kemplin for the names of the Mercer concerned citizens mentioned in his email. He said he wouldn’t give them to her because people had been harassed, intimidate, threatened with loss of jobs and business. Possibly sensing that Kemplin was about to produce details Pierpont stopped him. He told someone later that he was ready to tell her that it would not be practical to give her those names because there are 452 of them.

Anonymous said...

Went to the fiasco of a school board meeting yesterday. It is a prime example of
"double standard". In the dictionary it is defined as, "a rule or principle that is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups."

Wouldn't it be easier just to show a picture of Torkelson and his gang of the Mercer School Four.

Anonymous said...

After having attended last nights Mercer School Board Meeting, all I can say is that I am both alarmed and disturbed by the actions of Administrator Torkelson and Mercer School Board members; Pierpont, Pierce, Brandt, and Koheygi.

They have again proven by their actions and behavior that they should not be in any public capacity.

Anonymous said...

DID YOU NOTICE THAT THE SCHOOL'S VIDEO OF THE MONDAY MEETINGS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC, AS THEY USUALLY ARE EVERY MONTH? A TERSE NOTE ON THE SCHOOL'S WEBSITE FOR THE OCTOBER 30 MEETINGS SIMPLY READ -- "THESE MEETING VIDEOS ARE NOT AVAILABLE." SURPRISE ! SURPRISE!

Anonymous said...

Of course Torkelson won't allow the public to see that embarrassing meeting video. It would show Pierce yelling out vulgar words, Brandt charging at an innocent person and statements which prove that Torkelson and 4 of the 5 board members MUST be replaced. Fortunately there is a verbatim record of the meeting -- several people recorded it as well as Moore of the Miner.

Anonymous said...

INTERESTING. Over the last 12 months two other meeting videos were kept from the public but for "technical" reasons. As I recall there were also embarrassing and revealing incidents at those meetings. But enough people saw that the camera was working Monday so "technical problems' can't be an excuse.

MSF said...

Julie, we hope that by now you have seen the MSF response to your email. The 352 people who logged on to the MSF blogsite since it was posted did. MSF is deleting it because we don't want such offensive language to appear on the blogsite. Also, were don't want more readers to realize that Mercer has a problem with a few demented individuals.

Anonymous said...

Does anybody really expect any other kind of behaviors from the Mercer School Board 4 and Torkelson other than what they exhibited yet again at this meeting?

After all, they really know nothing about how a school should be run and they seem to have big problems listening and let alone compromising.

Anonymous said...

It has became evident to me that the Mercer School is just a font for the personal gain of Torkelson, his cronies board members and friends/family on the staff related to the board members.

Too bad the kids are collateral damage.