Yesterday, I had the opportunity to show a friend of mine around the school. He has a unique perspective, as he was a boarder at Ashbury College in the late 1970s and took Latin and history classes at Elmwood. A lot has changed here since his last visit five years ago, and even more since the 70s. He was very complimentary about the many changes we’ve made: the Eagles’ Nest, the Fab Lab, our flexible classroom furniture and even our uniform. It was wonderful to get that feedback from someone with such history with our school.
As much fun as it was to look back on the past with him, these days, I’m very focused on the future. As we begin our second century, it is important to focus on ensuring that our school facilities meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students. With this in mind, we’re embarking on a campus master-planning process that will guide the development of our facilities for the next 20 years.
Starting on Monday, a group of 40 stakeholders will come together to craft Elmwood’s vision for the future. We have representatives from the Board of Governors, the Leadership Team, Faculty and Staff, Students, Parents and Alumnae. Amazingly, I asked 43 people to participate, hoping to get 25. I got 41! We are excited to have had so much interest from our community.
The aim is to create a plan that will be adopted by the Board of Governors at the end of May. The Board will then determine which project we will embark upon. We don’t know what the final product will be, but I am confident that we have a broad range of participants and together we will develop a vision for Elmwood’s facilities.
We are sorry that we could not invite everyone to participate. If you have any comments or suggestions you would like to make you can either speak to me directly or any member of our leadership team: James Whitehouse, Christine Blackadar, Matt Perreault, Kate Angell, Jennifer Irwin-Jackson and Tanja Mackin. We will keep you updated on the process and look forward to sharing the plan with you. Thanks in advance to all the participants for being so willing to share their ideas and perspectives. It’s going to be a fun and interesting few months!