We love Renbrook School. Most of the teachers are solid educators and people. The families are inclusive, and the students are so kind and respectful. The new administrators, who are quite experienced and well-intended, had to make some very tough decisions this year: They needed to let go of some stagnant teachers and work on revitalizing a good curriculum in order to make it better. This was not received well by some, but it absolutely needed to be done. Enrollment is actually improving after just one year. We trust teacher morale will improve now that the most negative members of the faculty, who were not shy about their bitter feelings of being dismissed, are gone. My family is looking forward to meeting the new hires, and feeling a renewed energy on campus. Teachers and support staff: Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Administrators: Thank you for your courage to do what is best for the school. Students: Keep up the great work! We trust that Renbrook is headed in a positive, productive direction and are looking forward to returning in the fall.
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I have been reflecting on the previous comment regarding the top administrators being evaluated after 80 years. Respectfully, I see it differently than the original poster does. I regard the evaluation of the top administrators as quite positive. How else can they be given constructive input from which they can grow and learn? My opinion is: What took the board so long to evaluate administration in the first place? No wonder there has been so much turnover among administrators. The school would be extremely fortunate to hold on to Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Beck and Mr. Tremblay. I certainly hope the teachers and board members are evaluated in this manner, as well. Love the school by the way. It's only getting better with these recent changes.
School Leaders: Thank you for greeting us by name each morning, even in the cold winter months. We appreciate you meeting with us to discuss our teacher concerns, and solving difficult problems. Change is difficult, but it is also essential and invigorating. Our hats go off to each of you.
When thinking about Renbrook, consider why an outside company has been hired to evaluate the top administrators - the first time this has ever been done in the 80 year history of the school. The reason? Lowest enrollment ever, discontent among the faculty, staff, and parent community. Renbrook has lost all sense of being a school family and has become a ruthless business. Go to public school.