Letter: Scarborough officials can't discuss Creech

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The resignation of David Creech, the Scarborough High School principal, has generated significant controversy. While it is unfortunate that this situation has arisen, I feel that it is important when considering the actions of the superintendent and School Board to step back for a moment to realize the limitations placed upon them as public officials.

Their ability to reveal information informing human resource decision-making is regulated strictly by Maine law. According to this law, “certain municipal personnel records are confidential and are not public records under the Maine Freedom of Access Act (FOAA).” These records include performance evaluations, medical information, and other related personnel information. Accordingly, the freedom of the superintendent and School Board to discuss openly what has transpired is precluded by law.

These officials have acted with integrity; to criticize their action is challenging a process which has been developed to offer protection to both Creech and those who serve us. It is my hope that, as a community, we will support our public officials, enabling us to move ahead with the school district’s primary mission to provide excellence in education.

Jim Elkins