Message from the Board of Trustees, 10/2

Dear Palm Valley Community,

The Palm Valley Board of Trustees has been meeting regularly to plan the transition of leadership of the school.  We look forward to a collaborative approach and will strive to keep every family involved via regular updates.

When Susan Rice announced her planned departure for July 2020, the Board of Trustees was faced with a challenging decision to either hire a new permanent Head of School for the next school year, or to engage an Interim Head of School.  After much thoughtful consideration and research, the decision has been made to engage in a search for an Interim Head of School who would sign on for a two year term. The benefits are numerous, but the greatest is to create more stability for the school community and to support the Board of Trustees in efforts to embark on a longer, more inclusive and focused search for a new permanent Head of School.

An Interim Head of School's primary objective is to continue the mission and work of the school, while providing stability during a time of transition. With feedback from our community, the Board of Trustees will task the Interim with specific objectives to ensure that students and their families continue to receive Palm Valley School’s quality and caring educational experience in an uninterrupted fashion.

We would like to gather your feedback to better assess the needs of the community and hear your voice regarding what you see as the biggest challenges and needs of Palm Valley School in the coming years. Please watch for an important survey coming to you soon. Your participation in this process is extremely valuable, so we hope that you will consider making time to share your thoughts.

As we plan to release the position statement this week to publicly begin engaging candidates, we look forward to partnering with the whole Palm Valley School community in this process.  This will ensure our ability to search for the best candidates nationally to fill the role of Interim Head of School, and ultimately that of an excellent, permanent Head of School choice. You can find more information about the process by checking for updates at and if you have questions or comments that you wish to share, the Board of Trustees can be reached at

Thank you,

Jennifer Jenkins, Chair
Board of Trustees