Dear Members of The Lexington School Community,
On behalf of the The Lexington School Board of Trustees, I am writing to inform you that Chuck Baldecchi has notified us that the 2018-2019 school year will be his last at TLS. Chuck has decided that now is the time to take the next step in his career and has accepted the offer to become the next Head of School at Charlotte Latin, a 1,400 student K-12 school in Charlotte, North Carolina. His last day at TLS will be June 30, 2019, at which time he will have provided 15 years of dedicated and visionary leadership at TLS.
When Chuck arrived on the TLS campus in 2004, he brought stability to the School after several years of turnover in the Head’s position. The School’s enrollment stood at 489, and the Lower School building had just been completed. The enrollment has grown to nearly 600 students. When he arrived, the endowment stood at $8 million. Thanks to his leadership, the board’s prudent management and your generosity, it is now over $35 million. In 2004, the campus did not include the expanded athletic fields and Scarlett Gate, which are today an integral part of our campus. The Learning Center was not on the radar. Today the Learning Center has received national recognition and is an integral part of our school with more than 50 students and a waiting list.
Perhaps the strongest testament to Chuck’s leadership is that he has maintained an administrative team and faculty that are both professional and of the highest quality. Good people come to work at The Lexington School, and they stay.
In late May, we conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the largest capital project in the history of the School. Thanks to Chuck, the development office, many volunteers and incredible generosity from you, we have raised nearly $8.5 million, and Chuck is committed to fulfilling his obligation to meet or exceed our $10 million campaign goal. He understands that this will be a large part of his legacy. His demonstrated perseverance and leadership make me confident that he will achieve this.
While this news may come as a surprise to many of you, rest assured that the board is well prepared for the transition. We will soon form a search committee and conduct a national search for our next Head of School. We will conduct focus groups and perform surveys from the school community to get input and will keep you abreast of our progress.
TLS is in a very strong position with an excellent reputation, full enrollment, and a solid financial foundation, and I am confident that we will be able to attract a fantastic next Head of School.
Over the next thirteen months, please join me in expressing our appreciation to Chuck for his dedication and the exemplary performance that he has demonstrated throughout his tenure at The Lexington School. We will miss Chuck, Erin, and their children and wish them well.
President, The Lexington School Board of Trustees