As a Mashpee resident, tax payer, property owner and parent of a child in the Mashpee School System; I was deeply moved by the strong endorsement of Brian Hyde for Superintendent of Mashpee Public Schools, by Falmouth resident Troy Clarkson.
As it has never dawned on me to give such a strong opinion about the fate of a school district outside of my residential area, where said endorsement would bear no impact on me or my children, I found Clarkson's unsolicited endorsement inspiring.
Perhaps Mashpee people should have weighed in when Falmouth was going through their own search for a superintendent, since in that heated race, I don't believe any of us heard a peep out of Clarkson. One might think that he would be savvy enough to put his mouth where his (tax) money is, but I guess not.
The "deep roots" comment in particular was moving. The tacit comparison of Mr. Hyde to Japanese Bamboo, Poison Ivy, and Dandelions (they have deep roots in Mashpee too) was done without a hint of irony.
It was interesting that Mr Clarkson seemed to (strategically?) ignore the clamor of another set of deep roots in Mashpee... a certain sovereign nation; for which, oddly enough, the town is named.
Clarkson seemed to forget the fact that the duly elected leader of said nation -upon the advisement of several parents, former MPS students, and educators- wrote a letter of non-recommendation which they did not retract even after an 11th-hour semi-pander session by Hyde. I guess Mr. Clarkson forgot about that.
I would like to Thank Mr. Clarkson for giving the people of Mashpee yet another reason to seek out alternative means of educating their children. When we have outsiders with no known background in education, nor the social issues that affect the community feel the need to impose their opinions into the educational future of our children and school system, it's clear that the situation has become a free-for-all.
Either-way, if things don't work out with Dr. Gifford in Falmouth, I know of a teacher who comes highly recommended by one of Falmouth's own residents.
Take the POLL:
What do you think about the Mashpee School Board's handling of the Superintendent selection?