Over the past two weeks I have been deeply engaged in listening to the feedback, support, and frustrations of our families and faculty. Thank you again to everyone who came and shared their points of view at our February Board of Directors meeting, the subsequent building Town Halls, Facebook groups, personal e-mails, notes, and phone calls. Your voices matter. As I listened to families, I often heard reference to “my vision” or “SLLIS vision” and was encouraged to hear a parent refer to “our vision.” As the founder of our school community, I began with the unique position of envisioning these opportunities for my children, for your children, for all of our children. When I hear the comments of disappointed parents, it is clear to me that their disappointment is so strong because they believe intensely in the SLLIS vision for their children. I continue to be encouraged and inspired by families who offer help and support our next steps organizationally. I am clear that every success we have is based in our shared vision and commitment with families and faculty.
Each year in my May State of SLLISaddress to our community, I acknowledge our milestone successes & ongoing operations struggles. Now we have reached a place that requires significant change in order for our organization to continue as we envision. Our campus consolidation plan, shared at the February Board meeting, is part of that significant change. This year we invested in rebuilding our operations team to build predictable systems for families and staff. After Spring Break families will receive updates on food service billing and transportation, two of our chronic operations needs. We’ll continue to send updates about operations support, but you will see the real change in consistent billing and payment processing. You will also continue to have opportunities for input and thought partnership for school-specific and SLLIS-wide structures. This year we began that with the work of vetting our academic calendar values via the School Advisory Councils(SAC). The input that they provided significantly impacted our 2015-16 calendar. Families and faculty can expect to have routine opportunities like that for input about how we operationalize our values.
Earlier this week a Board member attended the SAC meeting at TFS and shared, to the surprise of staff and families, his perspective that we should close The International School. The Board has asked me to prepare an assessment and proposal for our instructional model that is aligned to our campus consolidation plan. I’ve been working with our Heads of School and our operations team to prepare a series of options for their consideration and strategic decision. Know that, since July 2006, I wake up every day in service to our children and our long-term vision for who they will be in the world. My commitment to our children is unwavering. The team of educators and administrators who work with and deeply care for our children daily are equally committed to long-term outcomes for them. Together we will advocate for the quality of their current and future learning community. Many parents have already reached out to Board members individually, and your feedback assists them in understanding the significance of their strategic decision-making. Upon receiving further direction from our Board, we will begin working with our faculty and families on our action steps.
Your children and your families matter to us. I am proud to belong to our community and honored that each of you chooses SLLIS schools for your children.
St. Louis Language Immersion Schools
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St. Louis, MO 63110
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