Dear Carrollton Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am writing to announce that Olen Kalkus has informed the Board that he will not be renewing his contract as Head of School. Olen plans on retiring as a head of school in order to return to teaching and coaching and spend more time with family. He shared with the Board his personal letter to the Carrollton community explaining his thoughts and giving thanks for his time here.
We have much to be thankful for, as well. As Carrollton’s first lay Head of School, Olen certainly made his mark in these last 6+ years. Our endowment fund has nearly quadrupled and now stands at over $11 million. Our alumnae program is stronger and more vibrant. He has shepherded our school’s technological transition into a device-neutral environment with cloud-based systems. Under Olen, we have opened the Convocation Center, installed generators, built and rebuilt classrooms and maker spaces, and enhanced athletic fields and facilities. Our academics have been enriched by his vision, as well. He increased course variety in the Upper School, expanded French into the Primary School, and consolidated and expanded the Robotics, Engineering & Computer Science program. During Olen’s tenure, Carrollton weathered hurricanes and overcame the challenges of a pandemic. We also celebrated athletic championships and academic achievements. His deep-rooted understanding of and passion for Sacred Heart education and the Goals and Criteria have positively shaped our school, and his efforts will continue to be felt as we carry on our mission.
Olen has given the Board his assurance that he will continue to lead our school and assist us with the upcoming transition in leadership. On behalf of my fellow Board members, I thank Olen for his service and commitment to our students, faculty, staff, and the entire Carrollton community.
The Board of Trustees has formed a Search Committee to undertake the work of finding new leadership for the school for the 2022-2023 academic year. The Search Committee is comprised of five Trustees: Christian Diez (P’27, P’29, P’31), Angel Gallinal (P’15), Laura Russo (’75), Sr. Ann Taylor, RSCJ (former Head of Carrollton), and me, Raphael Bastian (SH’83, P’16, P’18). We will also call upon the insight and efforts of Advisory Committees made up of faculty and staff, students, parents, and alumnae. The Search Committee and the Board will keep the Carrollton community updated with our progress, and we expect to have more information to share within the next month.
It is clear we have important work ahead of us. The Board is committed to identifying new leadership for our Catholic, independent, Sacred Heart school that continues to move us forward. Please pray with us during this time of reflection and discernment.
Raphael M. Bastian
Chair, Board of Trustees