David Sheppard, Board Chair 2019-Present
Dear Seattle Academy Families,
Welcome to the beginning of another school year at SAAS. I am so honored to serve Seattle Academy as its board chair for this, my third and final year. Our Board has already started working on key activities and initiatives this school year to further SAAS’s strategic objectives. Our school is fortunate to have such a wealth of talented and dedicated board members who effectively serve in many important capacities, meeting the myriad of needs at the school.
The last two years have been filled with challenges and opportunities. We confronted the pandemic head on but did not lose focus on pursuing our strategic objectives. For example, we continued our commitment to work with the City of Seattle on the South Park field project; we began the process for building a Home of the Upper School; we made recommendations to school leadership to enhance the safety and well-being of our campus; and we are near completion of our reaccreditation through the Northwest Association of Independent Schools. We as a Board demonstrated our commitment to our values and mission statement. Our school raised significant funds for financial aid to ensure that no SAAS family was left behind. Lastly, our Strategic Planning Task Force took a long look at the structure of our Board and made some important recommendations to improve our committee structure, all of which were adopted by the Board.
While we continue to have challenges related to COVID-19, we have learned so much over the past two years and our faculty and staff are well equipped to move forward with a successful 2021-2022 school year. We will continue the planning for the new Home of the Upper School, which will occupy much of the Board’s work in the next several years. We are working with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team at SAAS to ensure that DEI will continue to be a priority in every aspect of the Board’s work.
As I mentioned when I first wrote to you in 2019, your support, input, and engagement is critical to our success. I appreciate all of the input I’ve received from some of you and look forward to hearing from others about how we, as an oversight body, can better serve the SAAS community. I look forward to continuing the Board’s excellent work in service of this community.