The Mashpee School Committee placed Superintendent Brian Hyde on paid administrative leave on Thursday after he was arraigned for allegedly barging into a student’s home to check if she lived there.
Hyde was arraigned in Falmouth District Court on charges of breaking and entering and trespassing. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and he was released on personal recognizance, according to Tara L. Miltimore, a Cape and Islands assistant district attorney.
Following the arraignment, the five members of the School Committee called an emergency meeting, where they unanimously voted to indefinitely place Hyde on paid administrative leave, chairman Scott McGee said.
“The arraignment . . . prompted the committee to place the superintendent on leave for his own good and for the good of the district,” he said. “Once you have an arraignment, I think you have to allow the employee to focus on working on that legal matter instead of having a distraction during their workday.”
On Sept. 29, Hyde allegedly barged into a family’s home to check if a Mashpee student actually lived there. According to Marilyn King, the student’s mother, Hyde angrily demanded to know where her 17-year-old daughter was sleeping and began going through dresser drawers.
Hyde denied the allegation, saying he had been invited into the home. In a statement the next day, Hyde said the entire visit lasted only about five minutes.
“As a result of residency laws, school choice criteria, and regulations addressing the education of homeless students, the registration process for students is more complex and requires greater documentation than in the past,” Hyde said in the statement.
McGee said the school board hired a private firm to complete an independent review of the facts in the case, which the committee expects to receive on Nov. 13. McGee said the committee members will not make a final decision about Hyde’s role in the school district until they see the firm’s review and hear the court’s ruling.
“We don’t have any facts as to whether there was wrongdoing,” he said. “We’re trying to be as neutral as possible and wait until any facts are available.”
Hyde is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 13.Felicia Gans can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.