To the Editor:

I was dismayed to read the Islander’s front-page story on the search for a new superintendent and particularly appalled at the wording of the sub-headline.

When school personnel depart from their jobs in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, their situations are not blazoned on the front page of your paper, even if some of the circumstances fall in the realm of the public’s right to know.

Elected school board representatives are charged with responsibilities, which presently include hiring a superintendent.

They must make a decision, not put up the finalists in a run-off, allowing the court of public opinion to weigh in.

Airing the dirty laundry of a potential employee can only irreparably prejudice our entire community against the individual. The Islander’s decision to profile the finalists is inappropriate; its publicity of Maldonado-Rivera’s past troubles is destructive, unethical and malicious.

Marjory Russakoff

Southwest Harbor

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