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Move over Maude, it looks like you’ve got some competition for biggest moron in Hingham. This is Kerry Floyd Ni, who was recently elected to the Hingham School Committee.
Evidently the Hingham Public Schools are looking to hire a new superintendent. Traditionally how this is done is the School Committee gets a bunch of resumes, picks the most qualified candidates, publicly interviews them for the position, and then chooses whoever can spew the most buzzwords and bullshit, or whoever is the most politically connected.
But this is how how Kerry Ni reach her conclusion.
Yes, that’s right. Rather than interviewing the candidate and researching his past, she has elected to go on a Quincy community Facebook page and elicit anecdotes from strangers instead. Literally anyone could just say they worked with him, or had a negative interaction with him, and she would use this information to make her decision.
I thought this was a joke at first, but the whole things checks out.
The field of potential replacements for longtime Hingham Superintendent Dorothy Galo has been narrowed to four: Paul Austin, a superintendent from Maine; Jamie LaBillois, Galo’s second-in-command in Hingham; Earl Metzler, a superintendent in New Hampshire and Donna Straight, current assistant superintendent in North Andover.
If this poor guy only knew that his future employment opportunities were subject to the whatever feedback that an elected official received from a bunch of strangers on a Quincy Facebook page.
According to her this is not a confidentiality issue.
And she’s right, it’s no secret that he’s one of the four finalists. But the issue here is that if part of your background research for hiring a superintendent involves asking random people from Quincy on a community Facebook page, then you probably shouldn’t be in charge of making decisions like this.
But it’s OK, because she was asking for PMs, not a public discussion.
Oh OK. So if someone messages her and says, “Yea, this dude is such a douchebag, I really hated him,” because he suspended their child, or they have some sort of ax to grind with him, this is permissible because it’s taking place privately. Makes sense.
Then again, this is basically how the Senate handled the Kavanaugh hearings isn’t it? They consulted with social media about what they thought about him, took the word of a random woman they’d never met, and made their decisions based off of that. Business as usual.