To the editor:
Your story Friday, Feb. 19, regarding the retirement of Dr. Roger Catania as Lake Placid Central School superintendent of schools needed better editorial judgment. The insertion of a gratuitous, irrelevant and gossipy paragraph about a former school administration should have received the editor’s pencil. The impression is the story wanted to dredge up these details. The effect is disappointing; the story was about Dr. Catania’s service.
Dr. Catania has always steered the Lake Placid Central School District with a focus on the students. This past year, with the pandemic threat and shutdowns and remote learning, he has kept in mind what he was quoted as saying, “I do my best to have the school be as valuable and meaningful an experience for them (the students) as it can possibly be.” That was my experience with Dr. Catania, and I appreciated that, for him, the students were his focus and, I suspect, his enjoyment. We should thank him and wish him and his family well for the future.
Favor J. Smith
(Editor’s note: We thank Mr. Smith for his comment but respectfully disagree. The problems in Lake Placid Central School District administration that preceded Roger Catania’s time as superintendent are not gossip but fact, and they are not only relevant but necessary to any accurate understanding of Catania’s term and his relationship with the public.)