Mr. Hyde Is Not Appointed Mashpee High School Assistant Principal
By: Brian Kehrl
Parents are rallying around veteran Mashpee educator Brian A. Hyde after learning that he would not be returning as Mashpee High School’s assistant principal next year.
Mr. Hyde confirmed on Monday that “at this time, I have not been appointed as the Mashpee High School assistant principal for the 2011-12 school year.”
Mr. Hyde, who has been with the district since 1989, was appointed last year to a one-year stint as interim assistant principal after the previous assistant principal, Jane A. Day, was promoted to MHS principal.
“I love Mashpee, the Mashpee Public Schools, and the MHS assistant principal’s responsibility. I truly want this job as I enjoy working with students, parents, staff and faculty as well as the hard work that the role entails,” Mr. Hyde said, but he did not comment further on his employment status with the schools.
Superintendent Ann M. Bradshaw was asked why Mr. Hyde had not been reappointed, if Mr. Hyde would remain in the district in another position, and whether the assistant principal position would be eliminated or filled with someone else. She declined to answer any of the questions on the grounds that this is “a personnel matter” and therefore confidential.
The Mashpee Teachers Association declined to comment on the matter. Suzanne M. Avtges, co-president of the MTA, referred to the matter in a brief statement as “an ongoing confidential personnel issue currently being discussed. The Mashpee Teachers Association will offer no comment until such a time after a settlement has been reached.”
Upon learning of this development, parents responded with an outpouring of support for Mr. Hyde and pleas to district officials to keep him on as assistant principal. Over the past week several parents e-mailed school officials in support of Mr. Hyde, and many of them sent copies of those e-mails to the Enterprise.
Carol L. Mitchell, who helps organize the high school’s annual post-prom party, said Mr. Hyde “has done an amazing job and I would like to see him fill that position permanently. I feel he is an incredible asset to the high school.” She praised Mr. Hyde’s dedication, positive attitude, and openness with parents, students, and fellow staff members.
“I have heard nothing but praise for Brian in his role as the assistant principal from my peers with children in the high school and also from teachers that work with Brian,” said Danielle Fox, who has younger children in the Mashpee schools. “Families value his longtime dedication to the Mashpee school system, his approachable nature and most importantly, his attention to the values and principles being taught to the students at the school. It would be to the detriment of the Mashpee school system to lose such a devoted assistant principal.”
Colleagues of Mr. Hyde are also lending their voices to the effort. In a letter sent to the Mashpee School Committee, Mr. Hyde’s longtime friend and fellow teacher Edmund C. (Ted) O’Rourke said that in his more than 20 years as an educator, “I have found few others that have had the interest of the students’ well-being as much in the forefront as Mr. Hyde.”
Though retired from teaching, Mr. O’Rourke is still involved with MHS as a coach, and in that capacity he has “had the opportunity to observe [Mr. Hyde’s] transformation into an administrative position. I know both from conversations with Brian about the position, and from dealing with him as an administrator regarding some of my student athletes, that he has taken his task most seriously and has endeavored to be fair but firm to all involved.”
“I strongly believe that Mashpee High School has become a better place for students and teachers as a result of Mr. Hyde’s efforts,” he said.
A half-dozen women showed up near the end of Wednesday’s Mashpee School Committee meeting hoping to speak about the matter, but did not get an opportunity as the committee’s monthly finance meeting does not have a public comment period. Ms. Bradshaw invited them to meet with her at a future date.
The Enterprise offered the women a chance to speak about the situation, but they declined to be interviewed on the record.
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