DOCUMENTS: Transcript of Sandy Gehrke's Investigation Interview

Did Sandy Gehrke tell the truth when she denied knowledge of the district's comparability study on wages? Read the transcript, read Gehrke's rebuttal document, view the meeting video and decide for yourself.

On Monday, July 9, Board of Education Attorney Mick Waldspurger interviewed Board Member Sandy Gehrke as part of an investigation, which on July 10, .

This post contains a transcript of Waldspurger's investigation interview and a rebuttal document from Gehrke. Portions of the transcript were redacted by the Hudson School District to protect the identities of district employees discussed. Gehrke's request to obtain the full interview audio recording was rejected, as was her request to publicly dispute the findings during the Aug. 14 board meeting.

Did Gehrke Tell the Truth About the Wage Study?

One of , was that Gerhke falsely stated to the employee that she was not aware that the district was completing a comparability study on wages. 

In her rebuttal, Gehrke states, "The transcript contains numerous false and incorrect accusations made by the alleged complainant and repeated by Mr. Waldspurger."

Gehrke denies lying to the employee about a district salary comparability study because she had no knowledge of such a study at the time of the conversation — a point she made again during when the study was presented.

"I did not lie to him. He was so focused on destroying my reputation he ignored the truth of my denial," Gehrke wrote in the transcript rebuttal. "His dismissive and indifferent attitude towards my responses to his questions is a true indicator of his intent."


Read the transcript, read Gehrke's rebuttal and watch the meeting video. Tell us what you think in the comments.


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Lil Guy August 25, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Oh and maybe the library board and the county board. Tell me Paine reliever how should the city solve the upcoming library issue as is discussed here on patch with the finance officer?
Paul August 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Diane T tell me where the 1.9 billion for K-12 went to along with the 400 million for higher education? If Walker spends more money in his budget the cash isn't going to our children's education. Not for books, technologies, schools, seems he is just like this Administration and School Board. Neither value education. So, tell me Diane T where did the money go to? http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/sen31/news/Issues/2011-12-Budget/Comparison_of_09-11__11-13_appropriations__revenue%20061311.pdf
MrsPeel August 25, 2012 at 05:27 PM
@Bob Simmnons.... classic remark. The use of "communist" totallly invalidates whatever modicum of validity your comments may have had. The use of that epithet is the classic 'failed" argument of Rightwingers everywhere. It is clear from her oft-repeated remarks and writing that Ms. Gerhke does not consider herself to be a member of the Board of Education. She continuously uses the language of "me" and "them". It is clear that she violated policies of the District, all of which were written and approved prior to the tenure of the present Superintendent and prior to the tenure of any sitting member of the Board. Sandy Gerhke was elected to be a member of the Board, not as its "agitator-in-chief". She continues to "waffle" on whether what she did was appropriate or not and contnues to argue the point. A simple apology would have ended the contention, but it seems that it is her goal is to continue her disruptive behavior. If she is not willing to abide by the polices of the District then perhaps she should work to convince others that these policies need to be updated or she should resign and continue her criticisms of the other Board Members and the Administration from the outside.
Bob Simmons August 25, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Mrs. Peel, speaking of education."Totally" has two L's not three. Make it a great day! Bob
Paul August 25, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I opt for resignation. Well,, said Mrs. Peel.
Paul August 25, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I look forward to her next embarrassing move.... Shouldn't be long she's like Bachman...
Paul August 25, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Because of Walkers budget the localities are having or going to have grave financial issues in the future.... Look below at my posts with links.
Paine Reliever August 25, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Yeah Bob, and you placed your response to Mrs Peel in the wrong place. Remember Bob, praise in public, criticize in private (your words.) Ripping someone's spelling is your come back? On a blog? Hilarious! Do you have any opinion on the points peel made in response to you or is grammar all you have?
Paul August 25, 2012 at 06:59 PM
What I would like to know how Bob can support the regime that brought on the results that contributed to his wives job status.
Bob Simmons August 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Paul, give me a holler I an confused by your comment 715-781-0077. Although it was not posted I want to chat. Thanks, Bob
Lil Guy August 25, 2012 at 11:56 PM
So bachmann is embarrassing Paul? A person who stands with their principals such as Gherke and bachmann should be commended. Versus those that cave to political pressures
Phil McGraw August 26, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Paul - if you think Sandy is so bad, I suggest you go to the movie 2016 - Obama's America. After seeing it, then let's debate who is fighting for the United States of America.
DianeT August 26, 2012 at 12:43 AM
It is called "paying down debt" - someone has to start taking care of this problem that is out of control in our country. Did you learn that when you borrow money, it needs to be paid back? Why is that so hard to understand?
DianeT August 26, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Hudsoner - when I referenced digital learning, it was in the traditional classroom environment. If you didn't see the documentary last weekend, look up Mooresville, NC Graded School District which has become an exemplary model for this transition. It is impressive.
Paul August 26, 2012 at 01:46 AM
As you know Walker deferred payment on the state debt... Try again where did the 3.6 plus billion go to? Especially the 1.9 billion from k-12 and 400 million from Higher Education? http://new.kathleenvinehout.org/wp-content/uploads/061411-LFB-Runde-Debt-Restructuring-and-Debt-Service.pdf
Paul August 26, 2012 at 01:48 AM
You must not have listened to what Bachman had to say in the past 6 months. Lol, there is a bright one...
Paul August 26, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I do not base my info on movies of the GOP propaganda, fear mongering, ultra right wing machine. Just facts right from places like the OMB. Shut off Fox News and Rush and search for yourself the truth. Personally I like, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. I have been paying it for over 30 years. And Birth Control, and civil rights are a good thing. Oh, I forgot I love my guns also and I am sure the dems are not taking them away. You GOP types were so scared the last Presidential Election in 2008 that was he only business that was thriving during the crash. And remember who created this economic issues we have had. Umm, 2000 we were doing well. 2007 major crash, then again in mid July 2008 was the second major crash. And guess what the election was not till November 2008. And Obama didn't take office till Jan, 2009. Between July of 2008 and the 1st of 2009 most if not all of Bush's economists said we would not come out of this till 2015. We today my friends are at or above on wall street what we were before the crash. And if you really want to know what the GOP is up to look at Michigan and EFMs in cities like Benton Harbor and Pontiac. Corporate take over is what I calls it. That is the ultimate plan.
country boy August 26, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Paul, Have you seen the movie? Done by an independent not affiliated with any party. Or... are you the judge now with no facts kind of person. You have outed yourself as a lefty with your latest post. Same talking points as the DNC. I will treat your posts the same as Paine Reliever. IE: not going to waste anymore time with ideologies and suppositions from your corner.
Bob Simmons August 26, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Paul, still waiting for your call.
Paul August 26, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Is being a Democrat a crime? And as you see I have posted links with facts. So yes I am.a factual person. Bob, you have tunnel vision so why bother.
Paul August 26, 2012 at 07:09 PM
That movie is as independent as Karl Rove. Most likely funded by him.
Paul August 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I do miss Bachman... She had real entertainment value. She made me laugh every week. To bad her career is about over. I guess she can always go to work for that genius she has for a husband converting gays to straights. Lol, they give so much back to their communities.
Paine Reliever August 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
It is very convenient for country boy to label and ignore someone who doesn't swallow his every word. What he really likes is when he is allowed to make a snarkish comment without anybody challenging his point, if there is one. If he does not or can not debate a reasonable counterpoint so be it.
Paul August 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM
So, CB, I take it you disagree with the links I posted some of which comes from the state, or people to whom the have hired. In other words Walker. Lol... Your funny when faced with the facts that he (Walker) never saved the state a dime. And in fact spent more money then the last Adminstration. And deferred the debt of this state. So, CB where did that 3.6 plus billion go to? I posted the budget comparison, the debt deferment plan, and the new fee (Tax) information. So, mister knows everything where did the money go? You know the 1.9 billion from little children's education, and 400 million from higher Education. And all the rest of that 3.6 plus billion that Walker did something with. Cause we all know that spending more money means the fake new cut a friggin dime from the states spending. Where did all that cash go? Not to the children.
Paul August 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM
PR that is always the way the Ultra Right responds to actual facts when faced with them. He can not defend what those documents I posted actually say. All they really say is that Walker is stealing the education from our children while rewarding his contributors. While bankrupting the localities. Just like Rick Snyder did in Michigan. EFM's are not far away. They already passed all the components to call Emergency Financial Martial Law.
MrsPeel August 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM
So perhaps only the 60 year old ideologies of the John Birch Society are the only ones that are valid? When the whiff of "communist" wafts through comments, the Birchers can't be far away.
MrsPeel August 27, 2012 at 12:54 AM
What rubbish, that Sandy Gerhke is "fighting for the United States of America". Hyperbole, anyone?
MrsPeel August 27, 2012 at 03:15 AM
The movie was based on the book by Dinesh D'Sousa, hardly a person with no ideology. D'Sousa is well-known Right-Winger with connects to several right-wing think tanks. He is hardly without ideology any more than Michael Moore is. This "documentary" was funded by a group of known Right-wingers, headed up by Joe Ricketts a know Obama hater. This movie portrays a view of the future, from the view of D'Souza, but to refer to it as "independent" and "not affiliated with any party" is totallly disingenuous. It portrays the Right-wing point of view; let's be honest about that. Are you ashamed to admit it? What's wrong with calling it what it is; a "hatchet job" on President Obama.
Hudsoner August 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM
It just happens that we have friends living in this school district, and they are not that impressed with the outcome.. The NC school system (like most school systems in southern states) are not really that highly regarded by people in the filed of K-12 education, and an improvement in such a system seems to be dramatic. The school systems of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are traditionally the ones with the best outcomes, and it would take much more to see any similar changes in these schools. It is a fact that classroom teaching can not be surpassed outcome wise, and the outcome is higher if the student/teacher ratio is low. This means, more classroom space and more teachers. No digital media can change this, it just can help!
Hudsoner August 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I thought this discussion was about the Hudson school board and Sandy Gehrke?


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