We were dismayed to hear of Phyllis Sprout’s campaign to re-join the Mashpee School Committee.
Ms. Sprout, you may recall, is the former school committee member who allegedly put her hands on a child during an incident while volunteering at the Quashnet Elementary School. Following a public outcry, Ms. Sprout resigned her school committee seat.
According to local media reports, Sprout also wrote letters of apology to the child she is alleged to have hit and another student who witnessed the incident. She further promised never again to volunteer in the schools.
For this individual to seek election to the school committee within a year of her resignation feels like the height of cynicism. Could the voters have forgotten the disgraceful events of last spring?
From our perspective, the matter is quite simple. We asked Mashpee Superintendent of Schools Brian Hyde if Beverly Sprout would be approved to volunteer in the schools if she re-applied today. He was unable to give us a direct answer, regardless of how we asked the question. The best we could get from him was,
“Mrs Sprout has resigned her volunteer role as a tutor that reads to and with children, so it is probably best to not speculate on a situation that does not exist.”
Such waffling is uncharacteristic of Superintendent Hyde, however we were asking him to comment about a person who could very well end up negotiating his next contract.
In our view, if an individual is not suitable to volunteer with a town’s school children, that person has no business serving on the school committee.