Learn and Play Summer Program at Baldwin School

Headlines with James Nelligan

Dear Baldwin families,

We are now in our second semester, and I’m left to wonder where the year went? The 2018-19 school year is shaping up to be an incredibly positive one thus far. Our seniors have done exceptionally well in the early rounds of college admissions, with more good news to come during regular admissions. They are also being honored for their many achievements. This year we have six U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates.

2018-19 is also a year of transition for our leadership team. We successfully completed our search for a new Director of College Counseling, and Celeste Surís-Rosselli will join us at the beginning of March after she completes her duties at New York University. José Rodríguez joins our team as the new Director of Technology.  We are now conducting semi-finalist interviews for the Middle/Upper School Principal position, with finalists on campus for a two-day interview in mid to late February.

I am very happy to report that we are finally at the end of post-Maria renovation efforts. Nearly all aspects of our campus were affected by the storm in some way. While the Tennis Courts and Administrative Building are the most obvious examples of storm damage, AC units and thousands of square feet of roofline across campus needed to be addressed. To date, campus repairs total more than $1.3 million.     

We are working diligently on preliminary renderings and schematics for the new Innovation Center. Further announcements are forthcoming. We intend to begin construction in summer 2020, a little more than a year from now.  Obviously, we are excited for the project, which we view as the culmination of fifty years of spectacular campus development.  How fitting then that we announce this project as part of our 50th anniversary celebration. 

I take this opportunity to recognize the many students, parents, staff, faculty, and members of the Board participating in our Middle States self-study committees. Their work is critical in helping us to better understand where we are as an institution, and what we need to do to improve.  At the conclusion of this important process, we will produce a full report based on committee findings.  Our leadership team will then construct an Action Plan based on committee recommendations.  We will host the Middle States visiting team in the Fall.  

I will be away beginning today, January 24, through February 8, at Columbia University. This is one of my obligations as a Klingenstein Fellow in the Teacher’s College. As a requirement of the program, I am offline for the next two weeks. I leave the school in the capable hands of our directors and division principals. 

See you around campus.


 James Nelligan