Head of School Shares Greetings from the Board of Trustees

October 01, 2020

Head of School Matt Cavellier shares his thoughts on the discussions held at the recent Board of Trustees meetings.

Greetings from Faribault,

Over the course of the past week, culminating on Saturday morning, the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Board of Trustees held fall meetings. Usually, this means that these proud alums descend on our campus for three days of meetings, with some camaraderie and reminiscing mixed in. While we were not able to all gather on campus—instead relying on Zoom meetings to carry us through—there was still quite a bit of catching up and perhaps even nostalgia once in a while.

As a Board, our Trustees are dedicated to the governance of our School, and that means ensuring the long-term sustainability of our programs, our buildings and grounds, and, of course, our people. As former students of Shattuck School, St. Mary’s Hall, and Shattuck-St. Mary’s, these Trustees have walked many of the same hallways we walk today, they have had a first Arch experience, and they have enjoyed successful lives and careers that they often credit their time here for laying the foundation. And, that is why, when called upon they have chosen to give back.

This meeting, Board members asked about what was happening in our Centers of Excellence, and they inquired about how best to tackle deferred maintenance, but overwhelmingly, they wanted to know how our students, their families, and our faculty and staff are doing as we move through the start of an unusual year. Many of them attended school when Shattuck was a military academy, some of them attended when enrollment was quite low after the military days ended, but what they all share is a fondness for the people and community who surrounded them during challenging times. And, they want to make sure that we are doing all we can—themselves included—to do the same now.

As we enter into October, and the leaves begin to clutter the grounds, it is important to remember that we are only a small portion of the story of our School—that there are those who came before us and those who will come after us. And that our role is to come together and face our challenges so that the next generation has future Board members and leaders to take care of them when they face theirs.

Stay healthy and safe,