Chelsea Community Meeting Highlights School Goals and Board Activities

Last Thursday, January 10, Chelsea held its first community meeting of the year. Head of School Bernardine Clark and Chairman of the Board J.Douglas McCarthy both shared updates on school and board activities. Parents of students across the grades enjoyed wine and cheese and took part in a question and answer session after the presentation.

Mrs. Clark provided an overview of the past school year and goals for the new year. She emphasized the richness and urgency of the Chelsea mission, “We have had changes and innovations over the past year, but what has struck me since first returning to Chelsea and as head of school, is the continuity. Some of the faces and facilities are different, but the essence of Chelsea is the same. I see this expressed in our traditions, in our families, in our curriculum, and, above all, our mission. We started with 37 students. Ten years later we had 174. We currently have 171, and the mission ‘to form confident young men and women educated in the liberal arts tradition and the Catholic faith’ remains the guiding force behind all of our decisions.” Mrs. Clark also presented the 2019-2020 Tuition and Financial Guidelines, encouraging all families interested in financial aid to apply by February 14.

Mr. McCarthy provided a short history of the Chelsea board of directors and the development of the board’s role and composition over the past eleven years. He emphasized that a primary task for the current board is to ensure that the necessary protocols and practices are in place to ensure that Chelsea continues to thrive into future decades. Mr. McCarthy shared that the school will be working with Independent School Management (ism) to develop a comprehensive strategic plan. He thanked the community and benefactors for making this fall’s gala the most successful to date, but noted that the school will need to continue to work to expand its base of support to continue to attract and retain outstanding faculty, support school programs and fund the Tuition Angels financial aid program.

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