By Duncan Lyon, Head of School
As has been the case at times in our long history, the 2017-18 school year began as one with many transitions. Nine new members joined our board and we welcomed three new administration team members. In this year of newness, we were thrilled to see a familiar result: outstanding fundraising success. We raised over $650,000 for our annual fund, greatly exceeding our goal of $510,000. We also had a another very successful Carey School Auction: Carey Me Back to 1998, to celebrate our 20 years of auction history. Thank you to all those who supported our fund a need for a new upper turf field. The students are enjoying a safer area to run and play and parents are not missing the black pellets that made their way home.
In the 2017-2018 school year we thought about the best ways to honor our 90 year history and to ensure more decades of success. Doing so involved looking to the past and forward to the future. Part of this reflection has led to a plan to renovate our last remaining 1950s building that houses our first and second graders. We imagined the possibility of expanding upwards, adding a second story that would allow for much needed extra space for student learning as well as dedicated spaces for our specialists and faculty. Part of the conversation included the plans for initiating a capital campaign, with an endowment component, in order to meet our needs into the next many years. Growing our endowment will allow for steady, reliable income each year to help offset annual expenses. This income could be used to grow our financial aid program, to hire more faculty and staff or to enhance our curriculum. Planning work that began in 2017-2018 is now entering an exciting new phase of our school’s history.
This annual report is a way of recognizing and thanking all of our dedicated staff, faculty, parents, trustees and friends who work collaboratively to make The Carey School a singular place.