We are really fortunate in Falmouth to have such a talented person as Dan O’Shea as our school district’s director of finance and operations.
When I first joined the School Board six years ago, we were just trying to get on the list for renovation of one of our elementary schools. Dan played a key role in expanding the scope to a full pre-K-5 elementary school, which opened this fall to rave reviews. During the planning phase of the school, it was apparent that the schedule we were setting was going to be aggressive. Dan was instrumental in making sure that decisions were made in a timely way so that construction could begin on schedule. Dan continued to be the point person for the district, assuring that our multi-million dollar project stayed on budget and on time.
After the Falmouth community defeated consolidation, the district was approved to stand alone largely because our administrative costs were below the target the state set. We didn’t have to aim for the target; we were already there. It was another example of Dan’s constant attention to efficient operations.
Perhaps the most important thing that sets Dan apart though is his understanding of and keen interest in education. He is an integral member of the leadership team in the district and works as hard as anyone to make sure that the best educational practices are carried forward for all students.
We are fortunate to have Dan on our leadership team in Falmouth.