Mother of four pulls her kids out of school in Garden Valley

Mother of four pulls her kids out of school in Garden Valley

Mother of four pulls her kids out of school in Garden Valley

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on July 16, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 17 at 9:15 PM

GARDEN VALLEY -- More fallout Friday following a series of complaints of intimidation and harassment against the superintendent of the Garden Valley School District.

A parent with four kids in the school district is pulling her children out. Wendy Lindstrom says she believes quality of education is compromised.

"I believe that Dr. Tomlin is harassing, I believe he is harassing, intimidating and scaring our teachers and our staff to where the focus is no longer on the children," said Lindstrom.  "Dr. Tomlin is not interested in getting to the truth and trying to settle this dispute within the community.  If he was, the school district's business would be crystal clear."

There are roughly 300 students and about 50 staff members in the Garden Valley School District.

Six people have resigned from school employment or its board, including the principal.

Our executive producer asked Superintendent Dr. Mike Tomlin for his reaction to Wendy Lindstrom's comments. 

"I pay bills, I keep payroll, I keep the building open.  It is evident she does not understand the issues.  Quality of education is determined by the teachers in the classroom," said Tomlin.

Later Tomlin added, "Laughs will be heard around the world if you put Wendy Lindstrom on television tonight."

Dr. Tomlin has invited the public to a meeting at the Garden Valley School at 2 p.m. Saturday where he says he will answer any question, as well as point out what he calls factual inaccuracies made by some of his critics.

NewsChannel 7's Scott Evans will be there for the meeting and have the details on the News at Ten.

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