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Dad upset with superintendent's raise, gets kicked off school property

Dad upset with superintendent's raise, gets kicked off school property »Play Video
Chris Johnsen and his son, Everett, speak about how they are upset that Beaverton School District's Superintendent Jeff Rose got a raise amid tight budgets.

BEAVERTON, Ore. – A father upset about the raise the Beaverton School District's superintendent received tried to make his voice heard at his child's school Wednesday but was told to leave.

Chris Johnsen said two Washington County Sheriff Office vehicles were already at Barnes Elementary when he got there with his son, Everett, in the morning.

As soon as he set up a podium and a table outside the entrance of the school, he said a sergeant asked him to get off the property.

He asked why and said the sergeant told him he didn't have permission to be on the property and that he was going to have to ask him to leave or he would physically remove Johnsen from campus.

This all stems from Johnsen's outrage over Superintendent Jeff Rose's $8,000 raise despite teacher layoffs, growing class sizes and overall budget turmoil in the Beaverton School District.

"If they're saying we're begging you for money for the last six months and they get the levy and then his raise goes through – something's not right," Johnsen said. "If the levy didn't pass, then he would have had to lay off more teachers. Where did this money come from? I want answers."

Johnsen went to the school Wednesday to hold an informational news conference.

The district spokeswoman said Johnsen's actions violated their policy on facility use.

School board Chair Leann Larson reiterated that the raise was based on the superintendent's evaluation.

Johnsen filed a complaint with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, which told KATU News it only asked Johnsen to leave and would not have forcibly removed him.

Correction: A previous version of this story mispelled the name of Chris Johnsen.