The leadership of Regional School Unit 40 has been unprofessional and secretive in handling the situation at Medomak Valley High School that led to the sudden resignation of Principal Andrew Cavanaugh.

Superintendent Steve Nolan and School Board Chairman Danny Jackson have refused to provide any information about what was going on, dodging basic questions, and hiding away in meetings behind closed doors.

It does not matter that they are trying to avoid the press. However, it is quite another thing to keep the parents, teachers and students at the high school in the dark.

What we know is that the principal was suddenly and without explanation absent from the school for a period of weeks.

Once this became a matter of public concern, we learned that police had investigated a complaint about possible inappropriate contact between a Medomak Valley staff member and a student. We don't know who this person was, but no criminal activity was found.

The School Board voted to hold a dismissal hearing, but no information beyond that, or who it concerned was provided.

We understand that school leaders cannot say what their employees are accused of, and that they have a right to meet behind closed doors to discuss personnel and legal matters.

However, it was silly and unprofessional to deal with this simply by giving out no information at all. The school should have at least informed parents and teachers that the principal was on an administrative leave until further notice, and stated who would be in charge until the situation was resolved. That would have been responsible, lawful and transparent.

And it is what would have been best for the smooth operation of the school, and the ensured safety of the students, as well as providing the staff with information they need to properly do their jobs.

Instead, innuendo and rumors ran rampant in the community while district leaders appeared to be panicked and covering up.

If there is to be any change in this culture of secrecy, parents must attend the School Board meetings and demand transparency and improved communication.

In addition and more importantly, the district needs to communicate how it intends to protect against inappropriate contact in the future. What steps are being taken?

If the parents raise their voices loud enough, they can put the "public" back in "public schools."

Net neutrality decision disastrous

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) had the following to say about the Federal Communications Commission decision to roll back protections of net neutrality:

“Disastrous isn’t strong enough of an adjective to describe today’s decision. This ruling will make it harder for regular people to use the internet, plain and simple. For decades, the internet has leveled the playing field so a mom-and-pop shop in Augusta has the same chance to succeed as a multinational corporation in Silicon Valley; now, internet providers can sell fast lanes to the highest bidder or discriminate against certain content. This change is bad for small businesses, bad for consumers, and bad for the country – so I’m against it. While I’m confident that the new rules (or lack thereof) will be challenged in court, I’m also open to pursuing a permanent legislative solution to protect a truly free and open internet for all Americans.”

There is talk about a move to fix this bad decision via legislative action, and we support King and others in their opposition to this reckless repeal of net neutrality.