By Tim Breen, Head of School
This past weekend, amidst the splendor of the foliage in the mountains, The White Mountain School Board of Trustees gathered on campus for its annual fall meeting.
On Friday, we welcomed our new trustees with an in-depth tour of campus, a review of our School’s 130-year history, and a deep-dive into our budget and finances. We are particularly lucky to have a slate of new trustees who bring so much expertise. All have served on other non-profit boards, and most have served on the boards of other independent schools. Their wisdom and perspectives — coupled with our strong, dedicated and experienced returning board members — will be invaluable as we work toward continued successes.
As part of the weekend, the trustees toured the incredible renovations of McLane and the Wing. We now have a beautiful, light-filled chapel for Morning Meeting and other community gatherings. We also have state-of-the-art classrooms and teacher offices, and the Great Hall is now home to the Linda Clark McGolderick Library and Research Center. McLane is an even more vibrant academic space, with classes upstairs on the third floor and the revitalized library literally and figuratively at the heart of our School.
A major reason for our renovations was to turn the library into our hub of inquiry to be sure that we are best supporting students in their academic work. This major renovation would not have been possible without the commitment and support of the Board Facilities Committee and administrative liaison Rob Constantine. They guided the design and construction throughout the summer. And, we could not have undertaken the project without the tremendous support of donors and the work of the Advancement Committee and Director of Development and Alumnae/i Julie Yates. We are blessed to have this kind of support. Our students are very lucky.
In addition to strengthening the School today, the task of the Board of Trustees is to keep an eye on the future. Our board’s embracement of this important role was clear in Saturday’s meeting. Whether it was approving the budget for this fiscal year, hearing about the School’s current academic and community life programs, reviewing the strategic plan that was adopted in January, or talking about goals and work plans for our board committees, our board’s focus is squarely on the question: What do we need to do to ensure the continued success of The White Mountain School?
While teachers work on the front lines helping students learn and grow, and staff and administrators work to create the environment in which teachers can best do that work, our trustees provide the vision and secure the foundation that makes it all possible.
The dedication of White Mountain’s trustees is remarkable. They travel from across the country and around the world to meet together in service of our School. It was great to share and hear the memories of St. Mary’s and White Mountain. And it was great to be reinvigorated by our work together!