Trial Date Set for Mashpee School Boss Charged in Student’s Home Visit

CCB MEDIA PHOTO Mashpee Superintedent of Schools Brian Hyde

CCB MEDIA PHOTO
Mashpee Superintedent of Schools Brian Hyde

FALMOUTH – Mashpee’s embattled school superintendent will go on trial next month to face charges in connection with the visit he made to a student’s home in September.

Brian Hyde is charged with breaking and entering and trespassing. He previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A trial date of January 15, 2016 was set Wednesday in Falmouth District Court.

In a wide-ranging interview outside the courtroom, Hyde’s attorney, Drew Segadelli, said he his client wants resolution as soon possible.

“The only person recognizing a hardship is my client, and that’s very unfortunate,” said Segadelli.

He also questioned the real motive behind the case, suggesting Marilyn King’s attorney is the person pushing the issue behind the scenes.

King, the mother of the student involved in the residency check, alleges that Hyde trespassed into their home during his investigation.

“I have great concerns that Ms. King was brought to the police station by her attorney. I have great concerns over that, what is the motivating factor behind this,” Segadelli said.

He also stressed there was never any agenda on his client’s part to cause “turmoil” at King’s house.

Segadelli also said Hyde needed to confirm the daughter’s residency because her mother had been somewhat evasive about the issue in the past.

“I think Ms. King’s attorney is trying to portray a storm trooper coming to the house, which is the furthest thing from the truth. One can only guess what his agenda is,” said Segadelli.

Hyde previously issued a statement that the incident on September 29 was a routine residency check to determine whether a student, who had moved out of the district and then returned, was a resident of the town.

But King, who had recently purchased a house on Windsor Way in Mashpee, said Hyde arrived at the home unannounced and entered uninvited to search her daughter’s room.

After the incident, Hyde sent out a prepared statement explaining his side of the story. “Mashpee Public Schools has a student registration practice of completing a home visit to all new or returning students and confirming residency,”

Hyde wrote. “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.”

The Mashpee school committee placed Hyde on paid administrative leave last month and appointed Assistant Superintendent Patricia DeBoer as Acting Superintendent.

By MATT MCCARTHY and MATT PITTA, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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Comments

  1. John Oneil says:

    Consider the very strange way Mr Hyde was selected as Superintendent. Does anyone believe he’s qualified to be Superintendent? Light experience, working on a PhD from Grand Canyon University. Has anyone read about that place? The #1 notable graduate is a cage fighter.
    Apparently he personally went to Mrs Kings Home because she had complained to someone about Mr Hyde. Has anyone ever heard of a Supe intendent anywhere actually visit a students home.
    Thank goodness the Visiting Nurse can testifywhat happened.
    Despite all this, my money’s on the whole sleazy thing being broomed and Mr Hyde off the hook.The real crime is that Town of Mashpee is not doing right by their kids. Is this the best leadership the Town can find? Really, look over at Barnstable’s new Superintendent and compare and contrast. Poor Mashpee kids.

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