by Thomas Hochman
Three weeks ago, head of school Mo Copeland announced via email that assistant head of school Chris Schuck will be leaving at the end of the current academic year.
Starting next year, Chris will be serving as the head of school at Northwest Academy, a small independent school in downtown Portland.
Chris was brought in to provide additional internal focus on the school during a time in which Mo was largely busy attending to campus needs (such as fundraising and governance work for the building of the new lower school). He has been working at OES for three years, and has overseen the institution of a new athletic director team and a new middle school head, in addition to running the search for Jordan Elliott’s replacement for upper school head for the coming school year.
Chris explains that he planned to be at OES for longer, but jumped at the opportunity to work at a more unusual style of independent school — one with a foundation in the arts. He also mentioned that Northwest Academy’s location has its draws, allowing him to work closer to where he spends much of his free time — downtown around art.
OES plans to begin the replacement process within the next couple weeks, and will be posting the job soon. The school hopes to have made its choice for both the assistant head of school and head of upper school positions by the end of January.
With Chris leaving and a new upper school head starting July 1, the leadership team will be undergoing large-scale changes come next school year.
The Dig will have more as the search for both positions continues.