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Oregon school board gets new member, former president speaks out

Dan Saevig Dan Saevig
OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A new member was voted onto the Oregon school board Monday evening, but it was a former member that drew attention at the meeting.

Recently resigned school board president PJ Kapfhammer took his anger out on the teachers' union. Although he addressed the school board, his strongest words were directed at the Oregon City Federation of Teachers.

Kapfhammer said now that he's not on the school board, he can say what's really on his mind. He called the union leadership poison and accused them of lying about the board and the district superintendent, and said they will divide the district over a couple percentage points of pay.

"If you give them a raise and their staffs, you will never pass a levy in this town again," Kapfhammer threatened. "You thought I was bad as president – you have no clue what I'm going to unleash on you as an individual."

Moments after his comments, the school board voted three to one to fill the seat left vacant by Kapfhammer's resignation with Dan Saevig. Saevig, a lifelong resident of Oregon, holds two high-ranking positions with Alumni Relations at the University of Toledo.

"The great thing about the country we live in is people have the opportunity to say what they want," Saevig said in response to Kapfhammer's comments. "I think we have to listen to everybody."

Union President Dave Shafer said he wouldn't even dignify Kapfhammer's comments with a response, but said there has been no talk yet of teacher raises.

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