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  • Anonymous

    I guess this means nobody from the County need apply.

    • Anonymous

      Yep, that’s the message.

    • Anonymous

      Anyone from the County have experience dealing with a high school that is 50% non-white like Portland High is?  Or any experience trying to assimilate a large number of recent immigrants, many of whom are English as a Second Language students?  If so, I’m sure they will be considered as a viable candidate.

      • Anonymous

        I’m from the County and l have lived in the Portland area since 1978. I seem to recall Limestone High School having a diverse school population from Loring AFB. I also seem to recall many of the County students were bilingual. There weren’t any problems. The city of Portland just picked a local for the Chief of Police instead of doing a nation wide search. The school district should do the same.

        • Anonymous

          They picked Sauschuck after a six month national search with 80+ applicants.  http://portlanddailysun.me/node/31961/

          Like I said, if there is a qualified applicant from rural Maine, I’m sure they will be considered.  But Portland’s issues haven’t been really seen in the state of Maine, including in Limestone, where most of those students were coming from stable military families and not Somalia or Sudan.

          • Anonymous

            And they learned…they had a qualified person right under their nose. We have three sons in the ARMY and it is far from a stable life. They leave their families for 12 months at a time. In one case, it was 15 months. I’m well aware what Portland High School looks like and this will be very difficult job. Portland can find someone in their ranks that will do a great job.

        • Anonymous

          And how long ago was it that Limestone closed? So much for the diverse population that moved away when it closed.

      • Anonymous

        What’s so different about the non-white kids? Aren’t they just school kids? Are we supposed to provide them a public  school experience that mimics “where they came from”? Or should we just integrate them into a Maine school system like we did in Limestone?

        • DonSalamanca, your reply proves Portland’s point…you clearly do not have a clue as to the uniqueness that city’s school system.  The Reiche Community School, 3 blocks from the city’s elite and private Waynflete School, has 300 students speaking 21 languages. 

          • I’m pretty sure he wasn’t saying he’s applying for the job, but I’m pretty sure there are qualified candidates in the state.

          • Anonymous

             I think they should be speaking English with 21 different accents.

          • Anonymous

            Good answer.


  • Anonymous

    Number 12 strikes a cord for me…I personally don’t want someone from Portland being the voice for my children in rural Maine.  Which is the main reason we left southern Maine and returned home to rural northern maine.

  • Anonymous

    please baracade I295 and the Turnpike to prevent the Supts. from ‘northern’ Maine to show up for the interview. Way to alienate the rest of the state as usual.

    • cleanearth

      They need someone from Boston, from whence many Portlanders originate.  

      Talk about elitist!  Stunning they would actually admit they think rural Mainers aren’t good enough for their children.  

      Simple Solution:  make rules for the schools, expect all students to follow same rules, punish (expel) those who consistently break rules.  What’s the difference whether someone speaks Somali or Hindi or Chinese? 

      Ridiculous and insulting to most of Maine’s people.     

    • Anonymous

      Good Luck to Portland. They certainly are unique and it’s good that they know what they want. However, it’s just really too bad that they’ve already decided that nobody from within Maine can handle the job. It could very well be their loss, and it’s sad to see folks who are so proud of their diversity coming across as so intolerant and judgmental. It seems a bit of an oxymoron.

    • Anonymous


  • jimbobhol

    I guess the Portland residents will be willing to pay the extra money to attract a big city school administrator that can speak 65 languages. The enlighten one’s have spoken.

    • Anonymous

      Nice that Portland feels there is no one in Maine with the training and experience to run their schools. Nice to know how they think about the rest of us in Maine, just hicks that can’t handle an important job. But then again they did the same thing with the Police Department, hiring Chief’s from away. Didn’t always work, didn’t they hire from within this time, must have been a slip on their part.   Nice message they send to their own employees and the rest of the state, you are not good enough for Portland. I assume that Portland Schools are number one in the state? If not maybe they should look to the schools that are, naaa that would make sense. http://www.schooldigger.com/go/ME/schoolrank.aspx?level=3

      Site ranks all the high school in the state.
      1=Maine School of Science Limestone
      2=Falmouth HS
      12=Camden Hills
      17 Freeport
      22= South Portland
      26= Caribou
      41= Deering PORTLAND
      42= Presque Isle
      44=Fort Kent
      53 =Van Buren
      73= PORTLAND HS

      Maybe there are some good leaders here in Maine, even “Northern Maine”

      • Anonymous

        Isn’t it just that urban schools are different than rural ones? Like the difference between flying a helicopter and flying a plane. Both flying, but not the same thing.

  • Anonymous

    Shirly…there must be someone at the United Nations that can fill this seat.

    •  Most likely… and don’t call me Shirley

  • Anonymous

    I hope Mike Chitwwod applies

  • Anonymous

    That’s quite a list. They left out being able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

    • Save us, Superman!

  • Anonymous

    If  you can get a copy, read Pat Buchanan’s book Suicide of a Superpower. Nothing but facts and quotations from hundreds of experts who have already experienced what Portland is going through. He got fired by MSNBC for writing it.

  • Anonymous

    How fast can Portland and the area south of Portland secede from Maine and go settle with  the flatlanders you are all  trying desperately to emanate?  Portland is NOT Maine.

  • Anonymous

    I guess Portland school board members agree that they are the “other Maine.”

  • Anonymous

     Well “aren’t we special”…….

  • Anonymous

    portland $#@ks

  • Anonymous

    lets stop going and sending products and food to portland.

  • Lord Whiteman

     If it wasn’t for Portland and Cumberland county Maine wouldn’t have an economy at all. 

    •  Wrong, the Canadain’s are keeping The County in business thank you very much. Then again the rest if the state doesn’t want to count The County as part of the state to begin with, so minus Aroostook your assessment is correct.

      • Lord Whiteman

         The Canadians have taking every opportunity  to steal trees, jobs and land from Maine. If we closed the northern border today it would be a blessing for all Americans.

        • 1. They buy trees
          2. LePage vetoed a bill that would grant a tax break to those who hired U.S. workers in the woods… Odd though that he would veto a tax break for Northern Maine companies but offer millions in incentives for that aircraft manufacturer in southern Maine
          3. Daniel Webster gave Canada most of New Brunswick/ Northern Maine 150 years ago and since then there have been borders. Canadians can’t steal American land, they can buy it if they want just like anyone else.
          4. Without the Canadian shoppers Aroostook County is done for.

          • Lord Whiteman

             38 percent of all the earned income  in Aroostook country comes from government benefits.   That is more than double what the people in Cumberland county make from the Goverment.  Northern Maine is treated like a Canadian slave colony to be exploited and robbed at every turn.

          •  I know that since LePage was elected a portion of the population likes to think 38%  is a majority, but really its not. Other than in the woods where Canadian labor is cheaper, Canada has little to do with our lack of employment opportunities. You do realize that Matt Stone and Trey Parker were just kidding when they wrote the song “Blame Canada”, right?

          • Lord Whiteman

            Canada give’s their workers  free housing  and healthcare near the US border so they can steal American jobs. Just recently  Paul Lepage illegally gave  Brookfield asset management of Toronto Canada 17 million. Canada promised to build a spur line to   central Maine   if we let them build their gas pipe line across Maine to Boston. Once the line was finished they cancelled the spur line.  Canada uses their oil wealth to lure US sardine companies to locate in the Maritime.  They use their back door political influence to shut down Maine’s  salmon farms and move the production to Connors.  Canada heavily subsides Irving oil who tried to tried to buy up all the oil  terminals in Maine and allow they to raise prices even high then they do now. Canada allows US citizens to hide income in Canada banks and are trying to block  OVDI the FBAR . Canada sends bloggers to the US to agitate against renewable Maine made energy like wind and tidal.  I can go on.

          •  Here you go…


            I bet you can even get it for your ringtone too

          • Lord Whiteman

             Some much for the polite Canadian myth. ;)

          •  lol

  • Wow, why not just say, “only out-of-staters need apply.” How prejudiced to judge a candidate on where they have worked without meeting them. Thye have reduced their chances to get the best possible candidate.

  • Anonymous

    OMG. That is too funny.  “Portland Maine… It’s Still Maine” – no matter how bad the people that live there  don’t want it to be…

    Could you pass the Grey Poupon and the Urban Culture please? lmao…

  • Anonymous

    Seems to me that anybody with half a brain would want to get the h*ll out of there, rather than raise their children in such an environment.

  • Anonymous

    yes, let’s see how long these large city superintendents stay in Portland.

  • Guest

    We’re always telling southern Mainers to stay out of issues up here such as National Parks and Plum Creek. Let’s make a agreement with Southern Maine, you pick your school officials and we’ll decide how we use land up here. Deal?

  • Anonymous

    PROACT is the Illinois-based consulting group and it happens to be the State OBAMA resides in. Can’t say he’s from Illinois because most people don’t know where he is from and that’s another story. I believe people from Portland are making a big mistake saying they don’t want someone from another rural areas within Maine because they are “unique”. Absolutely nuts. Every hospital claims they are also unique. We are all unique which is a bunch of …… These aren’t Mainers, these are people who come to live in Maine and love the areas but think Mainers are whatever, and they want someone from away because they are unique. Sad to see these people label other people  just so they can think that Portland is a unique place and they are also unique. Mount Desert Island, Aroostook County, Rangley, Machais are all unique places and all have great people doing various work but they are all rural areas in Maine. Maine has nothing but rural areas. Go figure,

    • Anonymous

      Didn’t realize the President of the United States was so interested in the Portland superintendents job.

      • Anonymous

        He is interested in finding a new job since he will be fired soon

    • Anonymous

      Obama is a Kenyan socialist, get with the freakin program for crying out loud!

      • Anonymous

        You are correct but I wonder how many Mainers realize that fact? It was nice to see you got it especially since I didn’t have to say it.

      • Anonymous

        There is a difference between KENYAN and Kenesian, fluffy.

        • Anonymous

          There is also a difference between humor and the persnickity (sp).

    • Anonymous

      Actually, he’s from Hawaii.

      • Anonymous

        He’s a lot of things. If he is Hawaiian, why did he apply and receive a foreign passport and full scholarship to Harvard University as a foreign student? How does he explain traveling to Kenya and Somalia on a foreign passport prior to receiving a US passport to attend Harvard? He attended Occidental College in the US prior to Harvard as a foreign exchange student. You need to read his book and it explains how he was angry with his Father for abandoning him as a child and how he was pissed because his Mother was white. The book reveals a lot about him. No records have been found where he lived in the US. Even his birth certificate is in question. Why has he spent $978,000 trying to keep his record closed to the public.? He actually has 7 lawyers keeping his identify closed to the public. All we know is what private investigators have been able to find out. Donald Trump hired a private investigator who actually dug up some things on OBAMA and that’s why Trump has not backed off on trying to find out why the birth certificate has been altered. I think some day this will all come out and people will be surprised. How does a person travel from one Country to another without having worked or any source of income. Check out George Soros who has been to our White House 50 plus times since OBAMA took office. He has provided much of the money for OBAMA etc. Do your home work and see for yourself. Why would OBAMA meet with George Soros as often as he has? Why is the US having so many difficulties? Why is OBAMA fighting the Church, gas prices, OBAMA Care? These are issues that could easily be resolved, so why aren’t they? He has a plan and he will try to work around Congress and when he does they will have him for lunch. That’s only one reason he hasn’t done so but she says he will. You truly need to do your home work. Sorry for flooding you with all this stuff but I have been following OBAM for a long time. Something isn’t right because any American who makes decisions to the detriment of this Country must be questioned and questioned and questioned.
        George Soros — the rich man who is hated around the world

        By Dan Gainor
        Published February 27, 2012

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        George Soros has donated more than $8 billion globally to his Open Society Foundations. Couple that with decades of investing around the world and it would be easy to assume Soros in a figure of global popularity.

        Only he isn’t. He’s almost the polar opposite.

        Soros made headlines recently warning of increased economic problems, the growth of Occupy Wall Street and government repression what he characterized as “strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order.” In short, the kind of chaos helped foment in the old Soviet Union and elsewhere.

        In his book “Open Society,” Soros credits his foundation with “mobilizing civil society” against the government in Slovakia and Croatia, among others. He readily calls himself “ an active participant in the revolution that swept away the Soviet system.”

        So when Soros talks of chaos, it’s a subject he knows well. The only question is his involvement.

        Most everywhere Soros, his foundations or his investment money has gone, trouble has followed.

        He’s helped start revolutions, undermined national currencies and funded radicals around the world.

        Soros has been convicted of insider dealing in France and fined $3 million, fined another $2 million in his native Hungary.

        His “foundations have been accused of shielding spies and breaking currency laws” and his investing strategy has been targeted for harming several national currencies.

        That’s not the story the broadcast networks have been telling about Soros for the past five years.

        There were 29 mentions of Soros during that time but only one gave any hint at trouble, and that was merely to mention he was “still known as the man who broke the Bank of England.”

        But ABC followed that description up with: “That was all legal.”

        Only a sex scandal with a 28-year-old Brazilian actress gave Soros any negative publicity at all.

        But there have been lots of negatives in Soros’s past as he’s spread his influence around the world. Soros wears criticism like a badge of honor.

        “I have now come under attack in several countries: in Hungary from Hungarian nationalists; in Romania from the Vatra Romanesca; in Slovakia from the communist party newspaper Pravda; in the Soviet Union by the organ of the hard-liners Sovietskaia Russiya,” he claims in “ Underwriting Democracy.”

        Soros’s Open Society Fund was created in 1979 as a charitable lead trust. Even its creator admitted his motives were “ basically selfish” and he wanted a “tax gimmick.” He did it as a “trust for his children”

        While Soros has been known worldwide for his investment skills, he hasn’t always managed to stay clear of the authorities.

        He was found guilty in France of an insider trading case about 20 years ago and has repeatedly failed at having that news pulled from his record.

        According to The New York Times, in September 2011, a French panel upheld his conviction because “he had bought and sold shares of Société Générale in 1988 with the knowledge that the bank might be a takeover target.”

        He was fined $3 million.

        His fund ran into problems in Hungary, where Soros was born and lived till his late teen years. At issue was how he handled an investment into the “the country’s largest bank”: OTP.

        “His fund was fined $2 million by Hungarian regulators last week for having manipulated OTP’s stock price,” wrote The New York Times in 2009.

        Even when he has steered clear of legal ramifications, he had some questionable dealings. In 1999, New York Times economist (and now Nobel Prize winner) Paul Krugman skewered Soros in a piece for Slate.com.

        The story, “ Don’t Blame It on Rio … or Brasilia Either,” accused Arminio Fraga Neto of working with Soros in his role as president of Brazil’s central bank. Fraga was upset, saying he “did not have access to any privileged information” and Krugman posted a formal apology saying “Fraga has behaved entirely properly.”

        A very positive profile of Soros in The New Republic in 1994 still explained that his investing angered several nations. “The president of the European Community and representatives of the French and Belgian governments have accused him of orchestrating ‘an Anglo-Saxon plot’ to undermine the French currency.

        The British government blames him for driving sterling from the European Monetary System,” wrote Michael Lewis.

        Soros’s currency moves have long been controversial.

        The magazine Foreign Policy ran a cartoon of the billionaire in 2000 that shows Soros torturing a James Bond character and saying “You saw what my awesome destructive powers did to the British pound and Malaysian ringgit, 007 … Do you think your puny governments can stop me?” reported The Washington Post.

        Speaking of foreign policy there’s also the Soros foreign policy.

        Morton Abramowitz of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace once said Soros became the “only private citizen who had his own foreign policy.”

        That remains true, though it often conflicts with that of the United States where he is now a citizen. He has even helped fund the non-profit group called Independent Diplomat, with the motto “ a diplomatic service for those who need it most.” It represented Kosovo, Somaliland and the Polisario Front of Western Sahara, according to The New York Times. All three were looking for recognition as independent states.

        Soros was targeted by anti-globalization protesters at the 2001 World Economic Forum in Brazil. An Argentinian activist called him a “ hypocrite and a monster,” reported the BBC. The next day he had to cancel a trip to Thailand “after protestors threatened to pelt him with rotten eggs and excrement.”

        In 2004, “ two young men threw water and mayonnaise at him” in Ukraine, accusing Soros of trying to push a “velvet revolution” just like had happened in Georgia, reported the BBC. That same year, a critic of that nation’s government said “Georgia does not exist right now, it is only another U.S. state whose governor is George Soros,” wrote Al Jazeerah.

        His efforts went so poorly in Russia that they came close to open combat.

        In November, 2003 Al Jazeera reported, “men in battle fatigues have raided the Moscow headquarters of billionaire investor George Soros.” One of the Open Society executives said the attackers had removed documents as a “climax to a long-running commercial dispute.” Soros’s fund pulled out of Russia that year, after having lost a reported $2 billion.

        Soros has enormous global influence – typically purchased by either his own hand or his Open Society Foundations.

        At one point, he funded the entire government of the then-new nation of Georgia. “George Soros, the New York financier, helped to establish a special anticorruption fund to supplement the paltry salaries of most government employees, from the president (who gets $1,500 a month) down to border guards ($500 a month),” wrote The New York Times in 2004.

        In 2008, he gave $50 million to Millennium Promise, run by Soros buddy and economist Jeffrey Sachs. The goal of the project is to get “the world’s 22 richest nations” to increase their foreign aid budgets. He gave another $27 million in 2011 to a related project.

        Soros has spread billions around he world – even to helpful projects. But his liberal views and aggressive undermining of governments makes everything he does suspect.

        Given his sweeping global influence, you would think some traditional media outlet might look into that. Oh, that’s right, he funds journalists, too.

        Dan Gainor is The Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture. He can also be contacted on FaceBook and Twitter as dangainor.

        Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/02/27/george-soros-rich-man-who-is-hated-around-world/#ixzz1nh5aUYbT

        • Anonymous

          all of your links say “fox news” in them. Nuff said. The man spent years living in Hawaii with his grandparents. “No records have been found where he lived in the US. “? Really, so I guess all that time he spent in school with all those classmates is just some giant coverup, huh? He has released his birth certificate, also known as a certificate of live birth. The newspaper in Hawaii has his birth announcement in it. Unless time travel is part of your theory, you should give it up.

        • Anonymous

          Soros, Kenya, Harvard…zzzzzzzzzz

  • Anonymous

    By the list of requirements it sounds like they are looking for a President of the United States, rather then a Superintendent of Schools.

    Oh that’s right ………………….. We don’t require this many requirements to become President of the United States.

  • Anonymous

    I have to wonder if the School Board Members for Portland Schools are from away? Jim Morse grew up in Portland and went to school there. The reason he was hired because the last Superintendent didn’t know how to budget money, seems like Morse succeeded on that front, but the School Board didn’t like budgeting money & paying their bills? People at the top have to make the tough decisions because the buck is suppose to stop there, this may be why most people in  Portland don’t like Gov. LePage…

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    And people say the two Maines thing is a myth. They think an out of stater would be better than someone from their own state. Is it discrimination to say you won’t hire someone because of where they are from? I guess that’s not on the list, so it just makes it stupid, not illegal.

  • Anonymous

    DOH, they should have held Morse. Guess the rest of Mainers ain’t good enough. Talk about a bunch of snobs. If they would open their ears and eyes, they might learn that Portland is just another town with a school to run. Not a big deal. I have lived all over the country and believe me, Portland is nice, not unique.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t the rest of the board just move to Chicago and leave Maine alone!

  • Anonymous

    a bunch of crap!

    They need someone to come in and aggresively cut costs, waste, and deal with teachers union and work for the Taxpayer of Portland.  We do no need another PC touchy feely fool using Portland as a stepping stone to pad the resumee.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Wow, what a urban bigot the head of this search is, and I say that as somebody who did his student teaching in the Boston Public School system and works for low wages, with mainly urban kids in a residential treatment center presently, but also as someone who has a small farm in Aroostook County.

    Quite frankly, I’ve covered some geographical ground myself. If this search process, school board, and leader think that they have to limit their candidates to a certain, predisposed, urban profile, they are no better informed than the people they think they are blocking in the first place.

    I’m so tired of people building up this urban/rural wall and turning their backs on each other.

    This search firm and leader comes across as very snotty and regrettable indeed. What a slap in the face to the rest of Maine.

    • Anonymous

       Amen to that.

  • Headline should read: “North Boston residents don’t want rural superintendent taking top schools job”

  • Anonymous

    Maybe they can get someone from Detroit, Michigan. They’ve done a great job with their schools.

  • Guest

    Maybe rural areas dont want intrusion by them either-

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand why people are reading this as a snobbery thing. The nature of a rural school and an urban one differs greatly. Do rural schools deal with the same volume of ESL students? Do rural schools deal with the same volume of students period? It kind of just seems like two different beasts.

  • Guest

    can you say Snobs ?

  • Anonymous


     What a coincedence.

     We don’t want Portland people telling us in rural Maine how to apply our land use rules.

     How about we stay out of each other’s business.

     Abolish LURC.

     DO IT NOW!

  • Anonymous

    Why is this article posted in the BDN anyways? 

    Dontcha know we’ah all justa buncha hicks up’a’heah?

  • Anonymous

    Typical Northern Massachusettes…

  • Anonymous

    Gee their current super is from Portland and had experience in the rural communittees why the change in where they come from.  to me it is a little discriminating and that the last time i checked was against the law.  This looks like a case for the ACLU.  Or superman.

  • Anonymous

    Wow!  The below the Volvo line in Maine strikes again.  Ultimate snobbery.

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