Dear Parents and friends of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Montessori School,
I am writing on behalf of the School Board to let you know that we are both saddened and encouraged by the announcement of Kay Mijangos to retire as Head of School at the end of this academic year. We are saddened because, like you, we recognize Ms. Mijangos as intimately identified with the mission and success of the school. Her integrity, loving nature and leadership are very much implanted in the school culture and for many of us it is hard to imagine the school without her.
We are encouraged for two reasons: First, because Kay believes that the school is strong enough for her to retire without disrupting its future course; and second, because she has the courage to face personal concerns and make a decision for self-care: care which she described in her letter to the school community announcing her retirement.
I want you to know that the Board of Trustees listened carefully to Kay as she spoke to us of her decision.
Because of our love for her and our indebtedness to her we want to honor her decision and her trust in the future of the school. We are also heartened by her desire to continue to be involved as an advisor to the school and as a participant in the Strategic Planning process.
The Board also wants you to know that it is our intention to move deliberately into a search process for the next Head of School. We are told that the school is in a good position to attract candidates who will want to serve in that capacity. We will soon appoint a search committee to get the process started, publish a position description, interview candidates and recommend a selection. We have also been told that it is possible for us to have someone in place and ready to assume the duties of head by the beginning of August. However, we will not rush the process but will move with all deliberate speed to find the best candidate, a person of God’s choosing.
I also want to assure you that Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church is committed to the school and its future. The church has been involved in the school from its inception and many members have served on the Board and in other volunteer capacities. The church wants only the best for the school and will continue to support its mission going forward.
One more thing: I have been associated with over a half dozen schools during my ministry. Each of them has been a joy to serve and each has its own identity. Saint Paul’s is among the finest. We have a strong board, a fine faculty, an outstanding mission, enthusiastic students and broad community support.
I ask your prayers for Kay, the school and the work of the Board of Trustees.
For the Board of Trustees
The Reverend Raymond E. Cole, Jr.
President of the Board and Interim Rector of the parish