VWSS Board of Trustees – May Update

Message from VWS Board of Trustees

Dear Parents,

We held our monthly Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, May 10. It was shorter than normal, as we wanted to wrap it up early so we could attend the Community Forum that night (which was well attended and very interesting; our compliments to Laura Bergstrome and the rest of the administration team for organizing and running such a successful event). It was largely an update meeting. Susan Connon-Wilby updated us on our financials, and we remain on track for realizing a small (approximately $10k) surplus this school year. Malcolm Nash spoke about his recent hiring efforts, and he informed us that between prospective new hires and existing teachers taking advantage of our providing financing for Waldorf training, we are on the cusp of having a majority of Waldorf-trained teachers at the high school. (More updates on new hires at the high school will follow in due course.) We heard an update on the status of our search for a Community & Resource Development Manager; in addition to the qualified applicants that had previously sent in their resumes we recently received three new resumes from people with relevant Waldorf and/or development experience. We have a large pool of very qualified individuals that have applied and Susan is in the process of scheduling interviews. Geoff Woodfield discussed continuing efforts to locate an alternative site for the school; as noted earlier, this will likely be a relatively lengthy process. While we are working hard on it, we shouldn’t be expecting any moves in the immediate term. We also approved an updated timeline for the strategic planning process. Finally, we discussed the report from AWSNA on their follow-up visit. As previously discussed, they were impressed by our progress over the last while, and encouraged us to continue to try to increase the number of Waldorf trained teachers in the high school, and upgrade our physical facilities which would assist us in attracting new students. Both of these items have been on our radar for a while, and we are actively taking steps to address them.

Thank you for reading; if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at chairbot@vws.ca, or talk to any of the other members of the Board of Trustees – Walter Daroshin, Rebeka Eriksson, Phil Fertey, Lorna Fortin, Chloe Gow-Jarrett, Lori Johnston, Eric Lee, Rick Li, Blanka Ponec, Jennifer Williams and Geoff Woodfield.

Eric Doherty, VWSS Board Chair

Upcoming Events

12:00 am End of Term
End of Term
Dec 21 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Last day of fall term. Partial day, GS dismissal at 12:20 pm, no ECC aftercare, no After School Program
7:00 pm Shepherds Play
Shepherds Play
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
12:00 pm Winter Break
Winter Break
Dec 22 2017 @ 12:00 pm – Jan 5 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Holiday – School Closure. Administrative offices will be closed from noon on December 22 through to January 2.
12:00 am Winter Term Begins
Winter Term Begins
Jan 8 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
First day of winter term
7:00 pm VWSS Board Meeting
VWSS Board Meeting
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The VWSS Board of Trustees meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Please contact the Board Chair at chairbot@vws.ca if you wish
1:20 pm Adult Eurythmy Winter Session
Adult Eurythmy Winter Session
Jan 11 @ 1:20 pm – 2:10 pm
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