Once in a while, one of our elected bodies here on the Cape does exactly the right thing. It's rare but it does happen.
Such is the case in the Mashpee School Committee’s appointment of Patricia DeBoer as permanent superintendent of schools.
In addition to her omnipresent leadership style and clear way of communicating, Ms. DeBoer steered the district through the difficult days of former Superintendent Brian Hyde’s legal problems and subsequent buy-out. She did this with style, grace and deep respect for the taxpayers.
Ms. DeBoer, the district’s assistant superintendent, has functioned for over a year as acting or interim superintendent without an assistant of her own. She did this to help taxpayers save some of the $425,000 that it cost the school committee to buy out Mr. Hyde’s contract. While a commendable act by any school administrator, this is especially praiseworthy in a district where it’s “all hands on deck” to address challenges of low student achievement test scores. Ms. DeBoer literally did double-duty for the past year in service of the children of Mashpee.
The Mashpee School Committee posted the superintendent job for internal candidates first. Ms. DeBoer emerged as the single candidate and the board chose to hire her.
Kudos to the school committee for not conducting a “national search” and for supporting a woman whose unparalleled commitment to Mashpee and impressive skill set make her sure to succeed.