Board of Directors Letter to SLLIS Stakeholders

St. Louis Language Immersion School Stakeholders,

With a continued focus toward the mission of St. Louis Language Immersion School (SLLIS) the Board met in Executive Session Thursday, March 12, 2015 (from 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 at the Pine location) to discuss and approve several key items — including school configuration for the upcoming school year, timeline for the 2015-2016 budget review/approval and key personnel issues. The bulleted list below includes the agenda items and unanimous Board decisions for the 2015-2016 academic school year.

Strategic Direction for the School

§  After careful consideration of various projections and the constraints of our consolidated campus, we believe we can keep The International School.  The Board has unanimously decided the SLLIS school configuration for the upcoming year (2015-2016) is kindergarten through 7th grade (K-7).  The Board has also approved a K-8 model for the following school year (2016-2017).

§  As budget concerns are ongoing, our next priority is to review the budget for the 2015-2016 school year.  While providing a rigorous and enriching academic experience for all students is our utmost importance, we will continue to explore all prudent options given the current fiscal challenge we face.  The finance committee will review the budget and forward it to the Board for approval. The Board will continue to examine all viable options to support the schools as well as secure a balanced budget.  

Increased Board Oversight of the School’s Fiscal and Academic Affairs

§  The Board will hire a Chief Academic Officer for the 2015-2016 school year (subject to funding available in the 2015-2016 budget). The Board feels this new position will add an additional level of support for principals while helping to sustain and improve the academic program at SLLIS as well as improve the quality of the student experience in our schools. The Chief Academic Officer will be vetted by a selection committee and ultimately approved by the Board.  This position will report directly to the Board during the next school year.

§  In an effort to improve operations and financial stability, the Chief Operations Officer, Sarah Kirshner, will report directly to the Board effective immediately and continuing through next school year.

In an effort to continue to support exemplary academic progress and financially sound schools the Board will make every effort to keep all stakeholders apprised of any additions or material changes to the current program. Please feel free to contact our school leaders with any questions.


St. Louis Language Immersion School Board of Directors


One response to “Board of Directors Letter to SLLIS Stakeholders

  1. Is anyone on the board besides Rhonda an educator or parent of a child at SLLIS? What is the boards definition of a stakeholder? Thank you. John Seitz.

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