Students, Supporters Protest Potential Replacement of Orono Teacher

Erica Stapleton

Updated 5 months ago

Waldo Caballero, the K-12 Orchestra director for Orono schools, received notice from the Superintendent’s office he would not be able to teach this upcoming school year.

He needs to earn two more points on a state certification exam.

His wife says the Superintendent’s office has set an August deadline to get the points.

She says they’re hoping for an extension and adds the Maine Education Association agrees he needs more time.

Students say the requirement is unfair.

“I feel it’s an inadequate way to measure someone’s ability to teach so that’s the main reason I started asking more questions,” says Kate Kirby, a former student of  Mr. “C” and one of the demonstration organizers.  “What’s really going on? Is there something missing? So far the answers I received have just pointed to an injustice.”

Caballero is also the boys varsity soccer coach and has been re-nominated to coach this upcoming season.

In an email Superintendent Joanne Harriman says the school is unable to discuss personnel issues, but they would like to assure the public the orchestra and soccer programs are important and will continue.


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