"While the school community is saddened by this unexpected event, the board and school leaders are prepared to move forward to strengthen the relationships that have been built in the school’s first years of operation. We thank Mr. Butler for his four years of dedication and tremendous work, and wish him the best on his journey," Board Chairwoman Anna Eason stated in a press release.
Moving forward, Assistant Principal Bonnie Brown will be the main point of contact for all teachers and staff. Director of Student Services Jerimy Rinker will be the main point of contact for parents. Business Manager Tara Keilberg will be the point person for business operations. Their talents, skills, and dedication to the school’s success will surely carry SRCA through this transition smoothly.
The board has also engaged Dr. Tom Miller, a longtime partner and advisor to Shining Rock, and his charter consulting firm Leaders Building Leaders to manage general operations and spearhead the search for a new School Director. Dr. Miller has almost 10 years of experience with community-based charter schools and fully supports the school's mission and students. He was formerly a longtime Education Consultant at the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools. He is also a National Board certified EC teacher, has been a charter school director, and currently serves as a board member for at least 2 North Carolina charters. SRCA is in capable hands for this interim period.
It is the board’s goal to have a new director in place as quickly as possible, and anticipate that a candidate will not be in place until sometime in early 2018.
"In a new school leader SRCA will seek someone who will not only drive high academic standards, but who will also build school culture among adults and children alike. The board also expects to renew the commitment to outdoor education. And yes, they are still committed to growth into high school, and will keep trying to find that path too," Eason said.