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JCHS Principal Search Committee Update


John Carroll High School Principal Search Committee Update #1

February 2, 2018

Dear John Carroll High School Family,

As you read in my letter sent January 23, 2018, JCHS is planning for the future and has initiated a national search for a new Principal for the 2018-2019 school year. Current Principal, Mr. Hopper, is continuing to serve John Carroll for the remainder of the school year and is working hard to ensure the success of an efficient transition for the next Principal.

As promised, I will continue to provide updates as to the Search Committee. JCHS President, Father Barrett, and I, have selected a diverse Search Committee from the school community, including School Advisory Council members, alumni, parents of alumni, a former JCHS administrator, current parents, and a current faculty member.

We are proud to announce that Mike O’Leary (current President of SAC, parent of alumni, current parent, business professional), Timmy Grimes (current parent, SAC member, business professional), Barbara Bush (St. Joseph SAC member, retired school administrator, JCHS alumna, former Principal Search Committee member at St. Joseph), Linda Easom (retired Assistant Principal at JCHS, parent of alumni, former Principal Search Committee at JCHS), Laura McGarry (SAC member, parent of alumni, former Principal Search Committee at St. Helen), and Beau Roberts (current JCHS faculty member, previous Teacher of the Year, parent of alumni, former Principal Search Committee at JCHS) have all graciously accepted the invitation to serve on the Search Committee. In addition, Jennifer Trefelner (JCHS Director of Institutional Advancement) and Mr. John Clarke (Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese) will be assisting the committee.

Please note that the work of the committee is confidential and we cannot disclose names of candidates as we need to respect their confidentiality in the application process and be sensitive to their current employment situations. I will continue to provide updates through the normal communications of the school (e-newsletter, social media, website). At this time, the Search Committee is reviewing applications and will continue to accept applications through February 16, 2018. The job posting can be found on the JCHS website as well as the Diocese of Palm Beach website. Our goal as a Search Committee is to interview candidates in a timely manner and announce the new Principal in early spring.

Thank you to the many people who have provided input on qualities and characteristics we should look for as we consider principal candidates. If you have not yet done so, please use the following link to provide your thoughts, Please keep the search committee and the school in your prayers as we go through this important process to select the next leader of John Carroll High School.

Yours in Christ,

Gary Gelo

Superintendent of Schools

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