Dean position to not be filled: Rachel Simpson transitions to head; school moves to collaborative administration

Dean position to not be filled: Rachel Simpson transitions to head; school moves to collaborative administration

Madison Riehle
Senior Reporter

simpson-mugThe position of dean will not be filled in the coming school year when Dean Rachel Simpson transitions to head of school, as CSH is moving to a more collaborative form of administration.

The decision to not replace the dean is based on the desire to maintain the relationship between the head of school and students, according to President Anne Marie Krejcarek. During the search for the new head, Krejcarek talked with Interim Head of school Mary Forsyth about eliminating the position.

“We were thinking about the needs of the freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors,” Krejcarek said. “We wanted the head to have lots of direct contact with the students, parents and teachers, with special attention on the students.”

Curriculum coordinator Doug Grant and administrative assistant Jeanne Asdourian will increase their roles in the administration. Grant will become the director of academic programming and Asadorian will become the lead student conduct adviser.

“I honestly don’t know what approach we are going to take next year, but it may be that we are going to have to research the whole uniform aspect,” Asdourian said, referring to students’ broad interpretation of the dress code. “It is going to have to be something that everyone can get along with, something recognizable to the school.”

Two teachers will be selected as grade level leaders, representing the upperclassmen and the lowerclassmen, similar to the former dean’s duties.

The involvement of students in the school is also being increased. An academic group, different from Student Council and Student Body Officers is being added to help with student policies and procedures. The yet unnamed council will specifically help the administration with disciplinary consequences, uniform infractions and minor problems, according to Simpson.

“Part of having an interim [head of school] is to stop and look at the system and how it is serving the students,” Krejcarek said of Forsyth’s role this year. “So if we were to start from scratch, we would to do what is most beneficial to the students.”