EDITOR'S NOTE: A recent story in a local newspaper criticized many Cape school districts for denying access to eighth graders by the two vocational-technical high schools’ counselors.
In the interest of fairness, Cape Cod has contacted the districts that were singled out for blocking access to Cape Cod Regional Tech’s counselors/recruiters.
We offered each district’s superintendent an opportunity to be heard on this topic, either in the form of a virtual interview or a statement to be printed verbatim.
The first superintendent to respond was Brian Hyde of Mashpee. Mr. Hyde’s statement is reproduced below exactly as he submitted it to us. You may make a comment on this interview below.
It is true that the Cape Cod Tech’s “Road Show” has been on hold in Mashpee. That by no means is a message that we do not support a technical education choice for our students. We have great personal and professional respect for Superintendent Sanborn and his school. Bob and I have had preliminary discussions about how to give Mashpee students an introduction - and better understanding - of what a Cape Cod Regional Technical High School education can provide. We will continue collaborating to provide our students with the best possible education available.
Academic achievement is our number one priority in Mashpee. Having our eighth graders visit CCT during the school day is not currently an option, as students would miss out on valuable class time. Mashpee values every minute of each school day and have limited any non-academic activity. Having stated that, Supt. Sanborn and I have discussed creative solutions, i.e. CCT displaying their program during lunch periods, direct mailings, sending our counselors to CCT, etc.. The bottom line is that if a Mashpee student chooses to attend CCT, we whole-heartedly support this family decision. A collaborative relationship with CCT is important to the Mashpee Public Schools and we admire and value the strong program that Bob has developed at CCT for our Mashpee students.
Mashpee is not as interested in competing as much as we are in collaborating with our school neighbors across Cape Cod. We are proud that Mashpee High School has a New England acclaimed Technology Center of Excellence. Our technology center currently collaborates with many universities, colleges and technology associations. We offer 15 Advanced Placement course opportunities, a renowned Senior Seminar program, and no-fee athletics and transportation. Our award winning music, art, and wellness programs are tough to compete with. Finally, Mashpee’s rich history and bright future is well known in Massachusetts. We support all of our children no matter what educational option they choose.
Thank you, Walter, for an opportunity to be heard.
In the steadfast pursuit of excellence, I remain sincerely yours,
Brian A. Hyde, M.Ed., C.A.G.S., D.Ed.candidate
Superintendent of Mashpee Public Schools
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