The Long Trail School Board and Administration cherish and encourage open expression, communication, and feedback from everyone in the LTS community, including students, parents, and teachers. This is not just a principle, it is a value that is actively practiced.
Last year, LTS conducted three schoolwide forums that included students, parents, faculty, staff, and trustees. We engaged all the school’s stakeholders — teachers, students, parents, board members, administrators, and community members – in a professionally facilitated strategic planning process. As part of our strategic plan, we brought on an outside consultant with over 25 years of independent school leadership to assess our school’s performance and our Head of School. The assessment was comprehensive and independent, and the review included extensive conversations across the school community and a net promoter survey of all parents, teachers, and students at the end of the 20/21 school year. The results of the survey were decidedly positive across constituencies.
We fully recognize that our job of listening and responding is never over. Moving forward, we will continue to solicit feedback from all members of our community, including teachers. In November, the Administration will conduct a special strategic planning meeting with faculty, staff and Board members to focus on enrollment, growth and class size. Ahead of this meeting, a strategic enrollment task force will be created to provide information and perspectives in advance. All interested faculty and staff are invited to join this task force.
The LTS Board is made up of seven volunteer members who are committed to seeing the Long Trail School thrive. The Board met with the Head of School every two weeks during the height of the COVID pandemic to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the LTS community. The Board currently meets every two months and faculty and staff regularly report on activities at the school.
In keeping with best practice, the Board actively seeks and considers new candidates to expand and diversify its membership. When selecting new members, we will continue to follow the board and governance guidelines set forth by the National Association of Independent Schools. The LTS Board follows these guidelines in all of our practices and is accredited, through a rigorous process, by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Within every independent school there are opposing and oftentimes passionate viewpoints. As stewards of the school, we listen and respond to these views. We look forward to continuing to do this important work and ensuring that the students of LTS always have a healthy, safe and thriving environment to learn.