Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 08, 2010 7:30 AM

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Hats off to Hanson

The Iowa City School Board believes it is letting Clark Kent walk out of the door at the end of the school year. What the members fail to realize is that City High President Mark Hanson is, in truth, Superman‚ whose greatest strength has always been the ability to inspire good deeds from those around him. What he has done at City High is truly remarkable, and yet we will all have to wonder what could have been.

If Hanson is moving on of his own free will, then the only thing left to say is, “Good luck, and thank you very much for all that you did for us.” If there is any truth to the rumor that Hanson was forced out because he spoke out against the proposed redistricting plans, then heads other than his should roll. How incredibly shortsighted could somebody be? Even if the rumor is completely false, shouldn’t the board attempt to keep one of the very best leaders It has?

Mark Hanson was my favorite teacher over a decade ago at Waterloo’s West High. He got the most out of his students because he connected with them and knew how to gently push each one of them.

During my time at West, Hanson had his first taste of being a high-school administrator, and he excelled. He treated the students with grace, class, and respect no matter what situation or issue came up. In return, he continued to get the respect of the students as well (no easy task given the age group).

When I heard that City High had hired Hanson, I was thrilled. I looked forward to sending my children there under his care. I mourn the fact that Iowa City students will soon no longer have the same benefits many of us did.

The board looks at him as Clark Kent, but for those of us who have been lucky enough to have Mark Hanson affect our lives, we know differently. For that I shall always be thankful to you, Mr. Hanson.

Ben Bessman
Iowa City resident

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