Mashpee made the right choice

Wisdom prevailed at last night's Mashpee School Committee meeting

When Wisdom Prevails... A Solid and Sound Choice for Mashpee Public Schools

First; allow me to say that I was wrong. I allowed my observation and experience-seasoned cynicism to get the best of me, and for that I apologize.

I'm very happy that I was wrong about two of the three people on the five- member Mashpee School Committee, who saw the wisdom in selecting a superintendent based on experience, ability, vision and intellect, as opposed to his being a nice guy that everybody has known for years.

While I expected a characteristically wise and considered choice by Mr. Franco, I was pleasantly surprised that two of his colleagues also saw the wisdom in selecting Dr. Steven Hiersche; an experienced and well seasoned educator and administrator. Congratulations to Dr. Hiersche, the members of the School Committee who saw the wisdom in selecting him, and most of all to the students and parents of the Mashpee Public Schools.

I have to admit, after observing the interactions of the school committee members with the candidates; and the level of comfort and familiarity displayed during Hyde's interview; combined with the multi-sourced, consistent rumor of an e-mail circulating among the Republican Town Committee looking to "brainstorm" about insuring that "Brian Hyde get the position", I was sure that this was going to be an open and shut dance.

Again, I am very glad that I was wrong. Just as McDonald's did not make Ronald McDonald their CEO; Mashpee has not made Brian Hyde their pick for the new superintendent.

If Hyde was indeed sincere about even 10% of the changes in attitude and approach that he promised to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council and members attending the meeting on Monday 3/18, it is my sincere hope that he uses his current position to implement them.

A demonstrated track record of positive interactions with the students and families of color in general, and more specifically the native youth will go a lot further in winning the support and favor of the tribal community, then 2 hours of pandering and promises any day.

Now it is my hope that Dr Hiersche is available and still interested in the position, otherwise we are back in the stew. But, for now, let us rejoice in this possible step forward for the Mashpee Public Schools.

"In my childhood a circumstance occurred which made an indelible impression on my mind, and laid the ground work of that enthusiasm..." - Nat Turner

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