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Parent angst leads to board meeting changes


December 3, 2021

Jana Peterson

Cloquet superintendent Michael Cary and school board chairman Ted Lammi talk to police officers after a raucous public comment session during the regular Nov. 22 meeting spurred a call for police presence.

After a series of impassioned pleas from parents this fall to end the current mask requirement at Cloquet schools - which applies to all grades during the school day -the school board will have a police officer at meetings and will do more to inform the public how the comment period works at meetings.

After police were called during the Nov. 22 meeting, superintendent Michael Cary suggested that the board move its public comments portion of meetings into what is called the "working session" that occurs before recorded regular school board meetings.

The change would have meant that public co...

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