Throughout the course of this school year, I have written about many of the exciting new developments happening in our upper school, such as the revamp of the science curriculum, our partnership with the Virtual High School, and the opening of new foreign exchange opportunities for students.

At the same time, we are successfully expanding the size of the school by opening a fourth grade in 2011-2012, which creates new opportunities for our academic offerings in the MS as well.

These developments, coupled with a remarkable demand for enrollment seen by our admissions office, have created the need for Marshall to expand its leadership team. We must ensure that the programs we are putting into place now (and those being discussed in our Strategic Plan) will be successful — which requires differentiated and focused oversight at both the middle school and high school levels.

Therefore, after discussion with our faculty and Board of Trustees, we have launched a search for an Upper School Principal, effective as early as 2011-2012. Karen Synder, our current Associate Head of School, will take on the role of MS Principal (while also retaining some all-school responsibilities and her current title).

As our needs in this area are immediate, we have decided to begin a search for the position to start next fall. It is late in the hiring season, and there is a chance that we will not find a suitable candidate this late in the year. If this proves to be the case, we will launch a full search in the fall for the 2012-2013 school year.

You can read a full position description here. We expect that high school parents and students will have an opportunity to meet with finalists candidates in early May.

We are very excited about what a new principal may bring to our school at a very exciting time in our long and proud history.