After nearly thirty years as a teacher, school leader, and administrator, with the last ten leading FirstLine Schools, Jay Altman writes to let us know that he will be stepping down as CEO this coming June, at the end of the school year:
December 14, 2018
Dear FirstLine Parents and Guardians,
After nearly thirty years as a teacher, school leader, and administrator, with the last ten leading FirstLine Schools, I am writing to let you know that I will be stepping down as CEO this coming June, at the end of the school year.
Thank you for partnering with me and the teams at your schools and for placing your faith in our schools. We work hard every day to provide an educational experience that nurtures young people in mind, body, and spirit. I am extremely proud of our students, who last year posted some of the highest student growth scores in the city and across the state. We know this progress takes a strong partnership from parents and committed teachers and leaders – thank you for this.
I am deeply grateful for all of the team members at FirstLine. One of the main reasons this feels like a good time to make this transition is that our schools are filled with skilled and loving leaders, teachers and support staff. We have great leadership depth at the network office and across our schools. We have built a strong organizational culture, with a staff that is diverse and united in a shared vision. Last month we celebrated our 20th Anniversary at FirstLine in service of our mission to create and inspire great open-admissions public schools in New Orleans. I feel very fortunate indeed to have been a part of this work with so many people committed to the well-being and the futures of all young people in our city.
I am also grateful for all of our partners in the work, including our students’ families. We would not have made as much progress as we have without the many hours of service and the additional resources provided by our community partners. It does indeed take a village to raise a child. I am especially grateful to our volunteer board of directors, past and present, who have provided expertise, oversight, support, counsel, and countless hours. Their commitment to the organization has been extraordinary.
Those of us at FirstLine have been fortunate to work in an organization that was founded on a deep faith in the potential of children and adults to learn and grow together. I look forward to continuing to be a partner in the larger work of supporting and creating opportunities for young people in our city.
In deepest appreciation for your partnership and faith,
FIRSTLINE SCHOOLS – EDUCATION FOR LIFE
300 N. Broad Street, Suite 207, New Orleans, LA 70119| (504) 267-9038 | www.firstlineschools.org