"Together we will write the next chapter of Country School and keep it pointed in the direction that is best for our children now, for their futures, and for future generations of students."– Head of School Aaron Cooper
Country School Celebrates and Looks Toward Future
The Country School community gathered at the 2019 Annual Meeting & Dinner on Sept. 19 to honor faculty and staff, celebrate recent accomplishments and look toward the school’s future.
Board President Randy Salvatore gave an update on the state of the school and detailed the school’s budget, highlighting a strong endowment, top teacher salaries, substantial financial aid budget, and robust participation in the Annual Fund. He congratulated the chairs of the capital campaign, which has raised $16M of $25M to date, and shared that progress is well underway on the new Athletics & Wellness Center, scheduled to open Fall 2020. View a video of his remarks.
“By all metrics, NCCS is healthy and strong,” said Mr. Salvatore who spoke to a crowd of 400 attendees. “Our campus is transforming to reflect the quality of our programs and our ambitions.”
Mr. Salvatore shared reflections on his experiences at NCCS. “It has been the most amazing journey for our family and making that decision to give Country School a try 18 years ago – has been the best life-changing gift that we have been fortunate enough to give to each of our children, as well as ourselves,” said Mr. Salvatore.
Head of School Aaron Cooper spoke about Country School as the premier prek-9 school in the region. “We are the unquestioned experts on childhood - because we know how to take an approach that promotes excellence and orients towards achievement and good character. And that is why, for 103 years we have graduated students who go on to live lives of impact and purpose.” View a video of his remarks.
In addition, Mr. Cooper officially kicked off a strategic planning process that will chart the school’s future over the next 5-10 years. “As we seek to continually improve, know our strengths and differentiators and the challenges we face, now is a great time for us to orient towards the future.”
Earlier in the evening Mr. Cooper awarded the Shirley and Jonathan O'Herron Award to Carlos Mendoza, longtime member of the facilities team. He also presented Service Anniversary Awards to several members of the faculty and staff, including Bruce Lemoine, a teacher and administrator, for 40 years of service. Read more.
The Shirley and Jonathan O’Herron Faculty Award was established in November 2013 through a bequest from the estate of Jonathan O’Herron and at the direction of the children of Shirley and Jonathan O’Herron: Anne O’Herron Burleigh, Sarah O’Herron Casey ’80 and Jonathan O’Herron Jr. Shirley and Jonathan O’Herron were the proud grandparents of 11 Country School students. View a video of Carlos Mendoza receiving the award.