So sad to hear that Eloise Clark is retiring but s long and healthy retirement is certainly her due! – Lil
Hooper Trustees Present: Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; Cheryl Mayberry
CALL TO ORDER: Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:52 PM.
HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:
HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – January 3, 2019: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of January 3, 2019, as submitted. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved. Mr. Dalessio recused himself since he was not present due to illness.
Replacement of Hooper Institute Director: Ms. Mayberry attended the recent Hooper Institute meeting and reported that Mrs. Eloise Clark, Director of Hooper Institute, announced her intention to retire at the end of this school year. Mrs. Pschirrer stated that the process of finding a replacement was the responsibility of the Hooper Trustees. The Trustees need a formal notice of resignation from Mrs. Clark as well as a job description of the director’s position in order to proceed with a job search. Mr. Dalessio suggested this might be a good opportunity to explore a restructuring of the Hooper Institute and Hooper Education program. Separating the two entities would allow the Institute to focus on a more global vision for raising larger amounts of money including outreach to corporate sponsors while allowing the Education Committee to focus its efforts on hiring educators and developing programs. Mrs. Pschirrer read aloud the Hooper Institute’s Bylaws regarding the process to be followed in finding a director. In 2015, the Hooper Institute and the Hooper Trustees agreed that the Hooper Institute Committee would act as Hooper’s Board of Directors. As such, the search for a new Director will include the Hooper Trustees, the Hooper Institute/Board of Directors and a representative from the school. Mrs. Pschirrer then suggested that the first task of the next director should be the development of a strategic plan that looks at the future direction of the Institute as well as the current funding mechanisms. Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio provided a brief history of the complex relationship between the Town, the Institute and its various committees and the scholarship funds. The meeting then concluded with the recommendation that a Search Committee for a new director be formed.
Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio and, with all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:22 PM.
Beth Colley, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore