I read with some interest the July 6 article regarding Dr. Lahoski's continuingdisagreements with Bellevue school board members Mr. Linder and Mr. Shelley.
While I feel Dr. Lahoski should not have taken those arguments to the board members' homes, I find it ridiculous that the board members would testify under oath they feared Dr. Lahoski would cause them or their families harm.
Let me tell you of the Jim Lahoski I know. He was my head football coach at Upper Sandusky High School some 25 years ago. No one worked harder to instill integrity and pride in that program and help players than he did. Moreover, Coach Lahoski got things done, including the building of a new stadium and weight rooms.
One day when I was a senior I walked into Coach Lahoski's office and found him there with three or four mentally and physically disabled young children from the local Angeline School of Opportunity. He was fitting those children with helmets so that they would be less likely to injure themselves. Afterwards, there was no article or photograph in our local newspaper, only some kids who were helped by someone who cared.
Jim Lahoski is a true leader, which unfortunately is increasingly rare these days. Leaders move forward: they make tough personnel decisions, renovate school buildings, improve curriculum and test scores and in so doing instill pride. Dr. Lahoski has passion and intensity for the kind of leadership that helps kids succeed. Some folks who are unwilling to be true leaders themselves will naturally be uncomfortable with this, even threatened by it. Time will prove that Bellevue was lucky to have him as superintendent as long as it did.
Todd L. Marshall