With Contract Settled, Mr. Hyde Set to Start as Mashpee Superintendent
By: Elsa H. Partan, June 5, 2013
Brian A. Hyde has a contract as the next superintendent of the Mashpee School District. The Mashpee High School history teacher will take his seat as the leader of the district on July 1.
The school committee signed a two-year contract at $145,000 annually during a special public meeting at the Quashnet School library Tuesday. Mr. Hyde was not in attendance but had signed the document earlier.
The pay rate is at the bottom of the range advertised by the Mashpee School Committee, which was $145,000 to $157,000. According to the 2012 annual report of the town, outgoing superintendent Ann M. Bradshaw earned $163,903 last year.
In March, the Falmouth School Committee signed a three-year contract with its new superintendent, Bonny L. Gifford, at an annual salary of $150,000. Dr. Gifford is currently an assistant superintendent at the Nauset School District, a position she has held since 2010.
Mr. Hyde was chosen by the Mashpee School Committee on May 8 after chairman Scott P. McGee announced that the committee would no longer be pursuing contract negotiations with its choice of superintendent from March 21, Steven A. Hiersche. The committee voted 3-2 on May 8 to offer Mr. Hyde a two-year contract. He accepted by phone.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with the school committee and lead the Mashpee Public School’s administrative team, faculty, and staff in creating a school system that will make all of Mashpee proud,” Mr. Hyde wrote in an e-mail message to the Enterprise yesterday. “We are in need of organizational change where accountability and transparency are embraced. My goal is to focus on the district leaders, motivating them to high levels of performance, and in the process, help them develop and enhance their own leadership potential.”
Mr. Hyde’s contract is more specific than the current contract held by Ms. Bradshaw. At 10 pages, it runs twice the length of Ms. Bradshaw’s contract.
The school committee must give Mr. Hyde six months’ notice if it does not intend to renew his contract after it expires on June 30, 2015, the document states. Ms. Bradshaw had a similar provision in her contract that required one year of notice.
There are no precise pay raises written into Mr. Hyde’s contract. It states that Mr. Hyde’s salary may be increased each year following the committee’s review of his performance. A yearly performance review will be done in compliance with the new state law on educator evaluations, the contract says. The committee used the elaborate new tool to evaluate Ms. Bradshaw last year.
The sick days accumulated during Mr. Hyde’s teaching career will be credited to him as superintendent, according to the document.
As superintendent, he will receive 20 paid vacation days each year and 15 sick days. Ms. Bradshaw’s contract contained 30 vacation days and 20 sick days.
Mr. Hyde will be reimbursed for his travel inside the school district and up to $1,500 in out-of-district travel expenses. Ms. Bradshaw’s contract also provided for in-district travel reimbursement. It allowed for up to $3,000 in out-of-district travel costs.
The new superintendent gets to pick out a computer for use at home, paid for by the school district. He also gets $100 per month for a personal communication device such as a smartphone. No such provisions exist in Ms. Bradshaw’s contract.
Another new feature is the inclusion of $5,000 for Mr. Hyde to participate in an executive mentoring program provided by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. According to school committee member David P. Bloomfield, the idea was recommended by James A. Toomey, the school committee’s attorney.
According to the organization’s website, the program pairs a new superintendent with a retired superintendent as a mentor. The pairs meet in person and in periodic group meetings for discussions on legal issues, school finance, and other matters, the website states.
“[Mr. Toomey] said it’s like having another superintendent,” Mr. Bloomfield said. “He’d seen it work wonders.”
The details of the contract were hammered out in a closed meeting last Wednesday that went well past 10 PM at Mashpee High School, according to school committee members. Mr. Hyde and his attorney, Mark C. Gildea, sat in the cafeteria while the school committee members and Mr. Toomey sat in the high school auditorium. The attorneys shuttled the contract draft and questions between the two parties, according to Mr. Bloomfield. The effect was that each party was able to raise questions without the concern of offending the other party, he said.
“It was very workmanlike,” said Mr. Bloomfield. “It was fine. No histrionics or anything like that.”