St. James Episcopal Day School

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The Board of Trustees has acquired the services of The Education Group (TEG), a consulting firm founded over 30 years ago by educators to tailor searches to the needs of each school by valuing their rich history, traditions, and mission. The two consultants working with SJEDS are Dave Davies and Allison Lorimer. To learn more about TEG and our consultants, visit their website.

The Rev. Michael Kuhn has accepted the call to serve as the Interim Head of School for the 2019-2020 school year. Fr. Michael comes to SJEDS with over three decades in Episcopal education with thirteen years as the Head of School at Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans. Donna Lamonte will also continue her role as Assistant Head of School with a primary focus on curriculum development and classroom teaching. Finally, the Rev. Chris Duncan continues to serve over both the school and church as the Rector of St. James.

The Board of Trustees wants to ensure SJEDS takes our time to find the best candidate to lead us into our exciting future. Therefore, we are not able to give a strict timeline. However, our goal is for the new permanent Head of School to start on July 1, 2020.

Dave and Allison from TEG came to SJEDS during May 2019. The Board also formed a Search Committee to help facilitate the search process. Our consultants will assist the Search Committee in developing a detailed profile after the SJEDS community’s input is received from a survey. Then TEG will work to identify and compile a list of candidates who would best fit St. James’ search criteria. The Committee will review these candidate files, interview the most viable candidates, and identify finalists who will visit our campus for further interviews. After considering input from all constituents who meet with finalists, the Search Committee will join Fr. Chris in recommending a candidate for appointment.

The Search Committee, along with the search consultants, is tasked with directing the new Head of School search process from start to finish. The Committee will coordinate input from SJEDS’s various constituencies, work with TEG to develop the detailed position profile description, and review the first round of candidates. They will then organize and conduct interviews with the semifinal and final candidates. At the end of the process, the Search Committee in conjunction with Fr. Chris will present a qualified candidate to be confirmed by the Board of Trustees. Another major function of the Search Committee is to keep our community informed and engaged throughout the process, while also ensuring confidentiality.  

No! Our faculty, staff, and administrators are dedicated to our primary goal, which is to provide each child an outstanding educational experience through a commitment to academic excellence with a kind and loving spirit.