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As we approach the home stretch of 2014-2015 there are many things to look forward to and celebrate. We have an incredibly dedicated and hardworking staff of professionals who work with passion and kindness with our children each day. We have a board committed to a sound strategic plan for growth and sustainability that will lead to many more years of success and celebration. We have a community of generous and supportive parents who are devoted to the happiness of their children and support our work at the school in innumerable ways each day. We have amazing, hilarious children in our lives.
For some time, I’ve been engaged in discussions with colleagues, friends, and family about the ever expanding job of running the school and associated costs. The increasing demands of the job have taken their toll, and it is time for me to assume a different position with the school that will enable others to pick up the torch and lead.
With complete confidence in the talent of our staff, the board and I discussed how we can move forward in a new way. At last night’s board meeting, they agreed to allow me to step away from my role as Executive Director and into an active advisory role for the school. Sharon Collins will move into the role of Executive Director, and I will work faithfully to provide the support she and others need in order to have a strong finish to this school year and a successful transition to the next. The goal is make this happen with the least impact on children and in the smoothest way possible.
This transition will allow me to spend more time focused on my own family, who made so many sacrifices to support over the years. Most importantly, this change will allow me to devote more waking hours to my own son in his last two years of high school before he begins the next stage of his life.
As one of the founding parents and dreamers, I’ve had the immense pleasure of watching my child and yours grow and evolve with the school. I look forward seeing things with a new perspective and as I support others grow into their new roles and the school continues its journey.
With Respect and Gratitude,
Dear Westgate Community,
The Westgate Board of Directors and Chris Johnston have spent the last several months discussing the role of Executive Director. Last night we decided together that it was time for Chris to shift her role. Sharon Collins will assume the Interim Executive Director position, while Chris will continue to serve the school as an advisor during this transition.
Our school was founded to make education work better for a group of gifted students poorly served by traditional educational models. Today our children are benefiting from the ideas and energy of those founders. Chris was their leader and key visionary and her imprint is found all over the institution, building, and staff we have come to know and love.
The Westgate Board is committed to safeguarding and advancing that vision. We would not be here today without Chris Johnston and we are grateful for her passion and commitment for the last six years, and especially for her continued support as we enter the next phase of our growth.
All organizations must go through a period shortly after founding where the initial sprint of creation must shift to a more sustainable stride. Chris and the Board are fully committed to the success of Sharon and the school staff, and they in turn are fully committed to the school and the mission that we all share. We have confidence in their ability to complete the year without disruption.
We plan to begin the search for a permanent Executive Director immediately. We will give the community what updates we can as we proceed on this journey.
We understand that you will have concerns, questions, and suggestions. Dan Gurule has agreed to act as the Board spokesperson, and you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will hold a meeting Monday, April 20 at 6 p.m.
Thank you all for being part of this community. As much as we can talk about the commitment and passion of our leaders, it is those qualities in our full community that make us strong. We are proud to serve endure you, and we believe that if we work together our school will not just but thrive for many years to come.
The Westgate Board of Directors
The Per Student Fee for 14-15 is $275 for a K-8 student and $300 for a high school student. This fee covers ALL school supplies for the whole school year, technology, licensing, software and updating, as well as most of the school year's activities and guest speakers. An exception would be extra special optional activities such as outdoor ed or Civil War re-enactment.
The best news is that for each new family you refer to Westgate, they accept and attend through October 1st, you will get one student fee reimbursed to you. The actual fee is due at the beginning of this school year.
The fee is easily payable right now by clicking into the school store or by mailing a check in to the school. If you have any questions about the Per Student Fee or if you need help with a pay plan, please email our business office.
Westgate Community School uses Standard Score as our grade book for our Standard's Based Grading (SBG) system. This year we will be creating short videos to help parents understand our use of SBG and why we believe it is a progressive step forward in education.