Head of School Search
The Christ School Announces its Next Head of School!
Update, December 9, 2016: Mr. Aaron Farrant, Head of School Elect, shares a message with The Christ School Comminuty:
Update: December 7, 2016: Great news! Jennifer Bostedo, Chair, TCS Board of Trustees, announced that The Christ School has chosen its new Head of School, Mr. Aaron Farrant! Early last week the Search Committee made a recommendation to the Board and the Board unanimously voted to appoint Mr. Farrant to serve as our next Head of School, effective July 1, 2017. We invite you to read a letter from Mrs. Bostedo, below, which provides further details.
Update: November 1, 2016: Five candidates were interviewed by our Head of School Search Committee the week of October 24. Of the 5 candidates interviewed, 3 were selected to return as finalists. We learned that one has decided to no longer pursue the opportunity. During the next 2 weeks, each of the 2 finalists will be scheduled to come back, with their spouse, for a full tour of The Christ School/FPCO campus and extended interviews. We invite you to read our latest update from Jennifer Bostedo, Chair, TCS Board of Trustees, for further details.
Update: October 13, 2016: The Christ School’s consulting firm, Jim Adare Consulting, LLC, has created a Leadership Opportunity Profile specifically designed for our school to provide Head of School candidates an overview of our school, our strengths and attributes, challenges and opportunities, and a clear definition of the qualities and qualifications we are seeking in our next Head of School. We invite you to read The Christ School’s Leadership Opportunity Profile.
On August 19, Jennifer Bostedo, President of The Christ School Board of Trustees informed our families that Dr. Jason Powell, Head of School, has elected not to renew his current contract. After serving at The Christ School for over 10 years, Dr. Powell has accepted a position as Head of School at St. Paul Christian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Powell will continue as our Head of School through the end of the 2016-17 school year. This will allow the school time to identify a qualified pool of applicants and discover the next leader God has prepared for our school.
The Board recently engaged Jim Adare Consulting, LLC as our executive search firm to help us navigate through the search process. Many hours of research and interviewing multiple companies was invested by our Trustees to ensure a consultant was selected who understands The Christ School’s mission and vision and the unique needs of our school.
During the week of September 12, our Head of School Search Committee was appointed by Board of Trustees Chairman, Jennifer Bostedo. The members are as follows:
Dana Loncar, Chair, HOS Search Committee, Communications professional, parent of two TCS students
Jennifer Bostedo, Vice President & Trust Officer, Commerce National Bank & Trust, Chair, TCS Board of Trustees, parent of two TCS students
Tom Eastwood, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch, parent of two TCS students
Richard Hale, Partner, Hale, Hale and Jacobson, parent of two TCS students, TCS volleyball coach
Peter Partlow, Owner, E-Sciences, Inc. LLC, parent of three TCS graduates
Jack Peebles, Associate Pastor of Discipleship, FPCO, parent of two TCS students
Christi Schwalk, 1st grade teacher, parent of one TCS student
Tami Vais, Recruiter, Walt Disney World, PTF President, parent of one TCS student
The Board also recently conducted a survey of TCS families, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. The results of the survey have been shared with Mr. Adare. Mr. Adare will be on campus conducting meetings with the search committee, parents, faculty, and staff on September 20 and 21.
As we move forward, we ask everyone to pray for the Powell family as they prepare for their transition to a new city and school; our Board and Search Committee as they lead us through a transparent process that will prepare our school for the future; our faculty and staff as they support the school leadership and students through this transition; and our future Head of School, that he or she will hear God’s call and follow His lead to our school.
Please check this page periodically for updates! If you have a question or comment for the search committee please email Dana Loncar.