Up in smoke.
That's where $7,431.25 from Bellevue schools budget will go.
Up in the smoke pumping out of the ears of school board members James Linder and Martin Shelley and former superintendent Jim Lahoski.
These funds will be ripped from the general fund of Bellevue public schools, a fund made up of state and local taxpayer money, to pay for a school-yard fight that's gone on a lot longer than the 3 p.m. melee usually planned between bickering children.
And it appears this fight is based upon the same principles, or lack thereof, that would have two 10-year-olds rolling around in the gravel.
All three parties need to get over themselves, move on and above all, GROW UP.
Linder and Shelley ran for school board to make the district better, and they didn't shy away from saying this would be accomplished by ridding the district of Lahoski.
They won and eventually ran Lahoski out of town. Well, at least out of the payroll of the school system. Lahoski does not escape blame in this matter. He knows it was inappropriate to go to these two men's homes to convey his concerns about the district. Lahoski, who still lives in the district, is entitled to voice his concerns, he just needs to do it in the proper forum.
Lahoski has a new job in another district to concentrate on and Linder and Shelley have more serious things to worry about than protection orders against their former super.
These men should be setting a positive example for students to learn from, not embarrassing themselves and the district by continuing their juvenile wrangling. All that money could have been used for some nice computers or other much-needed equipment for the schools. Instead it's been wasted by grown men acting like delinquents.
If you don't let it go, gentlemen, district voters and taxpayers should make you stand in the corner.