By Hugh Drummond, Harwich Taxpayers Association
I watched the Monomoy School Committee meeting of last week on Channel 18 and was truly amazed at some of the things that were said.
First, we presently have two principals of our middle schools, one for Harwich and one for Chatham. I understand that they both applied for the position of principal of the Monomoy Regional Middle School, but were passed over (?) because it was felt that they might be too ingrained in the Harwich or Chatham culture.
Mr. Carpenter said this was a decision made by the selection committee and not by him? Maybe the selection committee likes to spend money.
It is expensive to bring someone in from California, pay relocation expenses, etc. Of course, I guess it does not make a difference when you have unlimited resources.
I do not know either of the two local principals, however I have never heard a bad word about either one and it appears to me that both schools work rather well. It must be discouraging to both of them to find out that they will not be considered because they are from either town and be too unprofessional to adjust to a middle school that serves both towns.
I cannot imagine a more hurtful remark to persons who have served our community with dignity and compassion for a number of years.
Mr. Carpenter often speaks of the different culture between the two towns. I have friends in Chatham and Harwich and do not notice any cultural differences. I don’t know what he is talking about. In my life experience I have lived in Puerto Rico, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Bogota, Colombia and Seoul, South Korea. I know cultural differences.
In business we always looked first within the different divisions of a company to find an experienced professional to fill an open position.