We were dismayed to read media reports of an acrimonious evaluation of Nauset Superintendent Richard Hoffmann by the region’s school boards. While this news site has criticized Dr. Hoffmann in the past, we are alarmed by the specter of a leadership crisis in the Nauset Region.
With apologies to “Breaking Bad”, perhaps the Nauset region’s best course is to tread lightly.
County's best school district
Nauset is at the top of Cape Cod’s K-12 education food chain today, thanks in no small part to the leadership of Dr. Hoffmann. By nearly every metric, Nauset is the best school district in the county. The region’s students excel in academics, the schools offer a rich curriculum and Nauset is the run-away winner in the school choice game. A cornerstone of Nauset’s success is the confidence of parents that the district is well-led and a good place to send their kids to school.
With all the school choices available on Cape Cod today, the Nauset region should count its blessings.
It's a bad time for a leadership kerfuffle
A leadership kerfuffle at this time would be very bad indeed for Nauset. Any loss of parents’ confidence in the district will be disastrous. Look no further than the new Monomoy region – which has disintegrated before our eyes as Chatham and Harwich faced a crisis of confidence that cost the region most of its school choice students over the past few years.
Look at Sandwich, where one public relations disaster after another has everyone looking askance at the school board and district leadership. Saddest of all, remember how families fled the Dennis-Yarmouth region during years of one budget crisis after another.
Public confidence in the Nauset region’s leadership team
In today’s Cape school competition “market”, a district that loses the confidence of parents and students can fly to pieces in two or three years. The public has confidence in the Nauset region’s leadership team – a team that “delivers the goods” year after year. To undermine public confidence in this team could be the undoing of Nauset as the Cape’s leader in K-12 education.
We urge the school committees of the Nauset Region to tread lightly.