Saint Michael's Announces End of Shortfall, Future Plans

By: Saint Michael's Episcopal School Email
By: Saint Michael's Episcopal School Email

Saint Michael’s Episcopal School has been known for forty years
as the premier academic and arts school in Bryan/College Station.

Although Saint Michael’s started this year with a large financial shortfall, the school has received overwhelming support from the community and is proud to announce that the shortfall has been resolved.

Saint Michael’s Board President Bill Watson also announced to parents that Jenny Morris, longtime faculty member and Dean of the Lower School, will be taking over as Head of School when Dr. Kate Lucchese’s contract ends in June 2012. Morris holds a Bachelors degree in Education and a Masters in English Literature, and has extensive experience in education as an administrator and teacher in the United States as well as in Canada and the UK.

“Mrs. Morris is a life-long educator,” says Lucchese, who will return to research and writing, once her two-year contract to stabilize and promote the school is over.

“She is absolutely dependable and highly gifted in assessing student ability. I am thrilled with the choice, and so are the teachers and families.”

“We are humbled by the faith and support that the community has shown for Saint Michael’s and I am committed to honoring that trust in the years to come,” adds Morris.

As part of honoring that trust, the school’s administration has undertaken a careful restructuring of the program that will take the school into the future without compromising the classical college-preparatory curriculum and academic excellence for which it is known.

Enrollment is open for 2012-2013 and most faculty members have already committed to teach next year.

The school is engaged in long-term development planning so that it can weather unexpected shocks in the future.

A development committee headed by dedicated stakeholders is forming to plan for and oversee Saint Michael’s long-term financial stability.

Angelique Gammon, a local entrepreneur, mother of two alumnae and a son slated to graduate next year, says, “I hope that other businesses will see the value of educating local children at the highest possible level of achievement, and will join me in supporting endowments that will grow the school’s ability to teach even more kids.”

Part of the new plan is an innovative program for the high school using a Multi-Age Classroom model. Students will progress at their own rate of learning to master essential knowledge and skills while teachers guide students through lecture, discussion, and one-on-one interaction,
while Grades K-8 will continue with the school’s usual differentiated program.

Lucchese, who will continue with the school as a Board member, teacher and mentor, adds, “We meet all students where they are academically and take them as far as they can go.”

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