The Mashpee School Committee has placed Superintendent of Schools Brian Hyde on paid administrative leave following his arraignment on criminal charges at Falmouth District Court in connection with his visit to a student’s home on September 29th.
What happens now?
There are many good things happening in the Mashpee schools as they work to reverse academic shortcomings, especially at the middle school level. The Hyde administration has functioned well to address the district’s academic challenges. This year’s test scores showed that this work is starting to pay off.
The school committee did the right thing appointing Assistant Superintendent Patricia DeBoer to serve as interim superintendent until Mr. Hyde’s case is adjudicated.
If things do not end well for Mr. Hyde, we urge the Mashpee School Committee to hire a local superintendent. Ms. DeBoer, MHS Headmaster Kevin Turner and last year’s interim principal Sean Gilrein all come to mind as qualified candidates with the local knowledge necessary to continue the academic turnaround in the Mashpee Public Schools.
Despite the current trauma over Mr. Hyde, it is important to recognize the good things that are happening in Mashpee’s schools. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater by hiring an off-Cape administrator who doesn’t understand our local school districts.