Open Letter to Stillwater Area School Board, Superintendent Denise Pontrelli and Kristen Hoheisel

I submitted my open letter to all Stillwater School Board members, Superintendent Denise Pontrelli and Executive Director of Finance and Operations, Kristen Hoheisel:

Here is a link to an article published by the City Pages, “Stillwater school officials can’t explain financial adviser’s six-figure payday,” for your review.

It is not new news to you, but you have neglected to take action for the best interest of the taxpayers.

During the January School Board meeting, the School Board’s majority voted 4-3 to give Kristen Hoheisel blanket approval of contracts up to $100,000 without board review.

As a taxpayer I am demanding a reversal of this January vote.

I rarely hear the board ask any thought provoking questions in order to make better decisions. This rubber-stamp approach has to stop.

Going forward, I am requesting an independent non-biased individual be involved in contract approvals. It would make business sense, and be a step in the right direction.

In a 2016 board meeting, Kristen refers to a million dollars as a rounding error. This attitude is unacceptable and not serving the taxpayers of the district.

Next Question: What are you going to do about it?

I look forward to your response.


Sue Keller