Jan 222013

The Groton Community School announces the creation of a Board of Trustees, strengthening its community of leaders and taking a significant step forward in the evolution of the school. This new body joins the long-established GCS Board of Directors, expanding the pool of experts, community leaders and friends that will provide crucial support and insight as the school enters an exciting time of growth. The Board of Trustees will be invaluable in the Forward Motion expansion project and in general to sustain the school into the future. Members of the first Board of Trustees are Randy Barron, Dan Barton, Christine Cline, Bob Collins, John Conner, Lisa Conner, Betsy Kehoe, Debbie MacDonald, David Moulton, Peter Myette, Bard Salmon and Steve Webber.

“The Board of Directors will continue to support families, the day-to-day operations of the school and high-quality educational experiences, while the new team of trustees will take the longer view, focusing on the overall vision and financial strength of the school,” said GCS director Linda Kosinski when describing the different, but connected, roles of the two governing boards. The Trustees will be drawn from members of the wider GCS community whoshare the conviction that early childhood education is critical for growth and development, and who will chart the way forward as financial stewards.

These individuals bring broad and diverse experience and professional skills to guarantee that GCS will continue on a firm economic foundation, as it has in the past. While the Directors will help ensure that GCS is able to give each child a rich and fulfilling experience every day and support the high-quality professional staff, the Trustees will guarantee this kind of education and care is always there for new children and their families.

“The Board of Trustees is a resource that builds on the long history of prudent management and financial strength at GCS,” said Peter Myette, a former chairman of the Board of Directors, who will now serve on the new Board of Trustees. “This new governance comes as the school prepares for a building project and the capital campaign needed to pay for all that work.” Myette has a long personal history with GCS, as a parent of children who attended the school, and the husband of a former teacher. He is owner of a local business and became a neighbor, as well as a community member with a deep appreciation for the work and contribution GCS makes to Groton and to the broader community. He served as a leader for the school during its last building campaign, when the current building was designed and constructed. “This is where children get a solid foundation,” Myette said. “It is so important to make sure this school continues as a resource for families and the community.”

Trustees will meet as a board five times a year and members will also serve on committees dedicated to specific responsibilities. One committee will have front-line responsibility for development and another will help identify and recruit new members for governance positions. Other committees will be created as needs arise. One immediate area of oversight for the Board of Trustees will be GCS”s Annual Fund, which has been revamped to serve as a significant source of financial support for the school. The Trustees will work closely with the Director on this project, which began in December 2012, with outreach to current and former families who remain closely connected to GCS.

“This is an exciting time for all of us at GCS,” said Kosinski. “We are expanding our governance to make sure we can move forward in a thoughtful and effective way, building for the future.”