September 20, 2023
Dear Members of the Shore Community,
We hope that you are well and that you are having a wonderful start to the school year.
With our long-term Head of School search well underway, we are pleased to share an update with you today. There has been an overwhelming response to the Head of School position posting and we have received a remarkable number of applications from a diverse and highly qualified group of candidates. This level of interest underscores the strength of our school's reputation, and it has been exciting to see the applicants’ enthusiasm for the opportunity to lead Shore. Applicants have consistently referenced Shore's rich history of educational excellence, the exceptional quality of its faculty, and the impressive caliber of Shore graduates. It has been encouraging to see that candidates are drawn to Shore by some of the same tenets that led many of us to join the Shore community.
Last week, the Head of School Search Committee held its first meeting, which included initiating bias mitigation training for all committee members. This training has proven invaluable in helping us recognize and be prepared to address potential biases and blind spots that could impact our ability to evaluate candidates fairly.
We are currently in the process of carefully reviewing all applications, with particular emphasis on those recommended by our partner, RG175. Our evaluation process takes into account each candidate's qualifications, experiences, and alignment with Shore's mission, values, and unique needs.
The next step in the selection process is to narrow down the candidate pool to a select group of eight or nine candidates that we will meet in person on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14. The top three candidates from those interviews will then become our finalists who will have the opportunity to come to campus during the first two weeks of November and engage with key constituents in our community including Shore families, faculty, and staff. This will allow us to gain a comprehensive understanding of each candidate's leadership style and alignment with our school's mission, vision, and needs. Following the evaluation process, the Head of School Search Committee will recommend a candidate to the Board of Trustees for their final approval. We anticipate making this recommendation in early December.
In response to inquiries we have received, we would like to clarify that Amy Vorenberg, our current Interim Head of School, will not be pursuing the position of Head of School on a permanent basis. This was both mutual and intentional, allowing Amy to focus on the current needs of our students, employees, and families and to prepare the school for a successful transition to new leadership for the 2024-2025 school year. We appreciate Amy's leadership and dedication during this transitional period and are thankful for her deep commitment to Shore.
We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for Shore Country Day School and are committed to a thorough and inclusive search process to find the best candidate to lead our school into the future. We will continue to keep you updated as the search progresses and welcome your input and support. The Head of School Search Committee can be contacted using the email email@example.com
Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to Shore Country Day School.
The Head of School Search Committee
Rayna Lesser Hannaway P’25, ’27, Co-Chair, Former Trustee, Former Board President
Alexa Squitieri P’27, Co-Chair, Trustee
Amanda Berg P’27, ’30, Faculty
Jennifer Borggaard ’84, P’17, ’17, ’19, Former Trustee, Former Board President
Dino DiPalma P’25, Trustee
John Fawcett P’25, ’28, Trustee
Blake Liggio P’29, ’29, Trustee
David Lund P’03, ’05, Faculty
John McVeigh P’21, ’23, Trustee
Meg Wallace P’23, ’25, Trustee
Alex Zaldastani P’20, ’21, Trustee