Tindley Middle Schools Consolidate for the 2018-19 School Year
Thank you for your ongoing support of our organization. We deeply appreciate the role you play in the success of Tindley and its scholars.
A little over a year ago, we began a transition into second generation leadership for Tindley Accelerated Schools. I officially took over the helm as CEO of our network of 6 schools and my first order of business was to hire a Chief Financial Officer which was accomplished in the first quarter of 2017. Additionally, as long-tenured board members began to retire from serving on the Tindley board, the Governance Committee began interviewing prospective new board candidates. Over the past nine months, seven new board members were confirmed to join the Tindley Board of Directors. Each brings diverse perspectives, unique skillsets, and a wealth of experience – we are well served by their additions.
This second generation of leadership has worked tirelessly and diligently to ensure we can achieve long-term financial sustainability in addition to our phenomenal academic results. We have developed a detailed financial sustainability plan that includes targeted enrollment growth, operational efficiencies and enhanced development efforts for teachers and leaders.
Upon analysis of the size and structure of our current network of six schools, we find it necessary to reflect upon the viability of our single gender middle schools. Although they are still outperforming the neighboring charters and public schools, we feel it necessary to consolidate the two for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. Tindley Preparatory Academy (TPA) and Tindley Collegiate Academy (TCA), will merge into one school and retain the Tindley Collegiate Academy name, forming a co-educational middle school. The school will be located on the grounds of TPA located at 4010 North Sherman Drive. One building will support the enrollment of both schools with room for growth.
This consolidation enables us to direct as many dollars as possible into the classroom (rather than into facilities and overhead expenses) and keep salaries and wages competitive so that we retain our best teachers.
Building on the best practices of both schools, scholars will continue to receive the same high quality education in a co-educational environment. Our cultural expectations for both the gentlemen and ladies will remain the same. While we will no longer have single gender cohorts, programming to develop “girls into ladies of excellence” and “boys into sons of excellence” will remain a part of the social curriculum.
We value our relationship with you and intend to keep you updated on our progress during this transitional time. It is extraordinarily rewarding to know that Tindley has built an accelerated model that has clearly demonstrated that all children, regardless of their background and life circumstances, can achieve at the highest levels. For eleven consecutive years, 100% of our graduating seniors have been accepted into an accredited 4-year college or university! The Tindley vision and promise are alive and well, much of it thanks to your input and support.
Our board welcomes your questions and comments as we proceed with our strategic planning towards financial sustainability.
Thank you again for your commitment and partnership
Kelli B. Marshall