Rachel Skerritt today announced her resignation at the end of the school year as Boston Latin School head of school.
In e-mail to BLS students, families and staff this afternoon, Skerritt wrote, first of the challenges of Covid-19 atop the challenges of life at the exam school, then continued:
These reflections have led me to the decision that this fifth year in my role as head of school will be my last one, concluding my tenure at the end of this academic year. I make this announcement with a heavy heart, but one full of hope about what lies ahead. The responsibility of leading and stewarding this community full of beautiful people with vibrant minds and tremendous promise has been an enormous honor. I beam with pride watching our students excel in the classroom. I marvel at their performances on the stage, the athletic field, and in competitions ranging from Mock Trial to Model UN to MathCounts to the Mingus Festival. I am inspired by the way they live our mission as responsible and engaged global citizens, contributing to their communities in countless ways. Guided by our team of talented faculty and staff members who thoughtfully nurture their learning and personal growth, our students’ achievements humble us and motivate us every day. These points of Boston Latin School pride will flourish in the years ahead, just as they have over the centuries of our accomplished history, but now is the right time for transition.
I look to the next few months with great enthusiasm. There is hard work yet to be done before we celebrate and say farewell when summer comes. This includes working with district colleagues to ensure the thoughtful selection of Latin School’s next school leader - more on that as details become available. For now, let us focus on what’s before us today and strive to cap off the year with energy, pride, joy, and our characteristic commitment to one another and to alma mater.
Skerritt, herself a BLS alum, will leave at the same time as School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius, also resigning at the end of the school year.
Skerritt came to BLS from Washington, DC, where she was deputy chief of leadership development for that city's school system. But before that, she worked for BPS, including several years as an English teacher at BLS.
Skerritt became the first person of color to lead BLS in a history dating to 1635 - and the school's 28th headmaster, a title that was changed to head of school during her tenure.