Dear Calverton Community,

I would like to welcome all new and returning families, students, faculty, and staff to the 2022-2023 school year! It has been a wonderful first month of school filled with many Calverton traditions and new programs designed to strengthen our Cougar community. The start of a new school year is also the perfect time to renew our commitment to the mission of Calverton and to our Philosophy of Honor. I would encourage all members of the community to pause for a moment and review both the mission and Philosophy of Honor as these together guide much of the work that happens in our classrooms, on our campus, and between the faculty, staff, families, and our students.

As the new Board President, I would like to share a brief overview of the work of the Board for this upcoming year and to outline the role and function of a Board of Trustees at a small independent school like Calverton.

Calverton’s Board of Trustees gathered in mid-September with an outside consultant for our annual Board Retreat. Attention was focused on independent school governance practices, committee structuring and goal setting, and a discussion of Calverton’s mission. Calverton’s Board includes the following standing committees: Finance and Audit Committee; Governance & Trusteeship Committee; and the Executive Committee; additional ad hoc committees for the current academic year include a Development and Fundraising Committee, Strategy & Mission Committee, and a Task Force on the Residential Program.

This year’s Board Executive Committee consists of Kerri Maloney as Vice President and Secretary, Kishma Prince as Treasurer, and me as Board President. Additional information about the members of the 2022-2023 Board of Trustees is available here.

At an independent school, the Board of Trustees has three primary responsibilities:

1.      To set the mission and strategic priorities for the school.

2.      To set the vision for the school and identify challenges and opportunities.

3.      To ensure sound financial practices, compliance with regulatory obligations, and address the long-term needs of the school as our collective priority.

Above all else, it is the responsibility of the Board to ensure long-term viability of the school such that future generations can benefit from a Calverton education. Additionally, the Board entrusts the sole employee of the Board, the Head of School, Jamey Hein, to carry out the mission and to lead the implementation of Calverton’s Pre-K-12th grade educational program. Should you have questions about what is happening at the school or a concern about your student, please reach out to the appropriate teacher/advisor as a starting point or the appropriate Division Head best positioned to address your question. In an effort to increase transparency into the work of the Board, updates about our work will be included in future Cougar Connection newsletters.

Please know that it is a true honor to represent the Calverton Board of Trustees as President. As a member of the Board over the past three years, I have witnessed first-hand the incredible sacrifices made by this community as we navigated the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic. As we return to some degree of normalcy, I look forward to the incredible things the 2022-2023 school year holds for all members of this wonderful community of learning. And, as always, GO COUGARS!

Be well,

Danielle Lico

Board of Trustees President