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Local school board member comes under scrutiny

ALPENA, Mich.— Alpena Public Schools board member Steven Donajkowski¬† has come under scrutiny for comments made on a private Facebook page. His posts has since been deleted, but parents and community members have voiced concern about the leadership on the board.

Earlier this month, Donajkowski expressed his views on Black Lives Matter protests and what he says quote,” Is causing a tremendous amount of damage.”

According to Board President Gordon Snow, parents and community members have sent emails to the board expressing their opinions that the posts were offensive, unacceptable and a cause for Donajkowski’s removal from the board.

In a written response from Snow, he said the board does not have the authority to remove one of its members, but the voters who elected the trustee can through a regular election process or through a recall effort. The district policy states board members will strive to improve public education and will take no private action that will compromise the board or administration. The greatest concern is the educational welfare of students.

Also in the written statement Donajkowski said, he will not resign. The board has not taken any further action on this matter.