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Greenfield Public Schools

Paraprofessional tries last-minute school board run

David Hyde would like to be on the school committee.  Recorder/Paul Franz

David Hyde would like to be on the school committee. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

GREENFIELD — With just over 32 hours left before polls closed, David Hyde decided to stage a last-minute write-in campaign for Greenfield School Committee.

Hyde, 40, of 102 Thayer Road, stood on the corner of Silver and Chapman streets Tuesday morning, holding a handwritten sign. A paraprofessional at Newton School, Hyde said he had heard negative reactions to the current School Committee and thought he could offer an insider’s perspective to improve the schools.

He printed out fliers and stickers Monday night and spread the word among friends and colleagues. But he ultimately lost to Maryelen Calderwood and Adrienne Marie Nunez, who were on the ballot for two uncontested three-year seats.

Had he won the election, Hyde would have had to either quit his job or refuse the school board seat. The town charter prohibits School Committee members from holding “Town employment for which a salary or other emolument is payable from the Town treasury.”

Hyde, who has lived in Greenfield and worked at Newton School for two years, wasn’t aware of the charter language going into Tuesday. He said he’d consider another school board run in the future.

His attempt came one year after former Principal Donna Gleason successfully won a write-in campaign to secure a seat on the School Committee.

It was not clear at press time how many votes Hyde received.

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