About

Board of Trustees

As the governing body of the School, the Trustees, in partnership with the Headmaster, are responsible for providing leadership and a framework within which the faculty members and administration implement the institutional mission. The Board of Trustees delegates to the Headmaster the responsibility for both leading the School and designing and implementing the curriculum to meet the goals of the institutional mission and policies. It is the responsibility of the Board to oversee the actions of the Headmaster in these endeavors.

The Board of Trustees does not intervene in the daily affairs of the School, including curriculum development, hiring, evaluating, or terminating faculty and staff. Instead, the Board focuses on three areas critical to the success of any independent school:
  • Selecting, evaluating, and supporting the Head of School, to whom it delegates authority to manage the School
  • Developing broad institutional policies that guide the Head in running the School
  • Being accountable for the financial well-being of the School
In the conduct of its official business, the Board acts only as a whole; individual trustees, including the Board Chair, have no authority to act unless specifically authorized to do so by the Board acting as a whole. The Board is comprised of various committees, which closely parallel the operational functions of the School. Excluding the Executive Committee, participation on the committees is not restricted to trustees. Most committees include representatives from the faculty, the patron body, and/or the alumni body.

MEET OUR TRUSTEES

List of 19 members.

STRATEGIC PLAN

List of 8 items.

  • Leadership

    GOAL: 

    Heritage Hall will attract, nurture, and retain school leaders (faculty, administrators, and trustees) who demonstrate a passion for education and a commitment to the students, the values, and the mission of the School.

    ACTIONS:


    BOARD OF TRUSTEES
    • Create externally competitive and internally equitable salary/ benefit packages
    • Ensure that the Board’s make-up is balanced and diverse
    • Define a clear operating structure
    • Commit to full transparency in governance
    • Communicate regularly with patrons and the professional staff
    • Provide short- and long-term vision, support, and direction for the School
    • Steward and protect the mission of the School
    ADMINISTRATION
    • Place the focus on the School’s needs and not on strengths of the individual position holders
    • Create consistent processes to ensure school-wide consistency
    • Engage in succession and transition planning
    • Allow for transition time
    • Provide the Board with guidance and direction
    • Comprise a committee of relevant stakes holders when engaging in succession planning
    • Attract and retain high quality professional educators
    • Promote the composition of a diverse faculty in all divisions
    FACULTY
    • Construct and support a professional community dedicated to the ongoing growth and development of life-long learners
    • Support ongoing development of mentoring and evaluation programs
    • Encourage ongoing, individualized professional development
  • Students

    GOAL: 

    Heritage Hall students will engage in character development and life-long learning within a challenging academic environment.

    ACTIONS:

    • Expand and/or continue character development programs, including HERO, core values, diversity/sensitivity training, and community service.
    • Develop further a student wellness program (including additional counselors and a transition program for new students), revise the advisory program, and continue to develop programs that promote a drug-free environment.
    • Promote more meaningful student involvement by providing forums for voicing student opinions and offering input in decision-making processes.
    • Create more opportunities for meaningful cross-age learning by linking Pre-K-12 and post-graduate experiences.
     
  • Parents/Alumni

    GOAL:

    Heritage Hall will foster a sense of belonging, pride, and partnership through effective communication between teachers, parents, administrators, and alumni.

    ACTIONS:

    PARENTS
    • Organize/conduct frequent listening groups among parents and administration/faculty.
    • Create more opportunities for parent involvement and partnership.
    • Provide effective forms of communication – among parents, administration, and faculty – through the use of parent/teacher conferences (across all divisions) and technology.
    ALUMNI

    • Develop innovative ways to inspire alumni giving, including creating more opportunities for alumni involvement through social events, mentoring, and marketing.
    • Strengthen and maintain our relationship with early graduates.
    • Forge meaningful connections between the Heritage Hall Alumni Association (HHAA) and both current students and recent graduates to foster a heightened allegiance to the School.
    • Implement a class ambassador program within the HHAA for each graduating class.
  • Program

    GOAL:

    A Heritage Hall education will provide an individualized learning experience delivered through an innovative curriculum dedicated to meeting the demands of higher education and the work place in the 21st century.

    ACTIONS: 

    • Enhance/develop non-core curriculum:
      • Summer school
      • After-school programs and clubs
      • Cross-age teaching
      • Toddler program
      • Financial/life skills courses
      • Online courses
      • Joint course offerings
    • Explore more interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching and courses
    • Establish strong advisor system to strengthen communication between School and family
    • Explore advisability of “tracking” and Advanced Placement versus Honors programs
    • Research efficacy of grading and learning assessment systems
    • Review school day schedule and yearly calendar
    • Involve students actively in issues of school governance and policy
    • Evolve use of technology:
      • Teacher training
      • Ethical considerations
      • Curriculum
      • Project-based learning
    • Promote global citizenship
    • Reinforce emphasis on science, math, and study skills in the Lower School
    • Expand implementation of Harkness teaching method
  • Finance and Development

    GOAL: 

    Heritage Hall will be fiscally responsible in the pursuit of financial stability for sustained academic excellence

    ACTIONS:

    • Attract and cultivate donors to raise the funds for construction and endowment (i.e., mount a capital campaign for the proposed new lower school facility)
    • Develop a multi-year, financial plan for competitive faculty compensation
    • Set tuition to achieve full enrollment while meeting the School’s financial needs (encompasses financial aid)
    • Educate our patrons about the cost of a 21st century education in an independent school
  • Marketing/Image/PR

    GOAL: 

    Heritage Hall will articulate our supportive culture of innovation, collaboration, and creativity to support the School’s mission and core values: intellectual purpose, active kindness, moral courage, personal responsibility.

    ACTIONS:

    • Update our marketing plan (internal and external) to communicate who we are, what we value, and why it matters
    • Involve young alumni in marketing the School
    • Target top local industries that are relocating employees to OKC
    • Produce a coffee table book celebrating Heritage Hall’s first 50 years
    • Continue to use technology to communicate our mission and achievements
    • Involve students in the marketing process
    • Utilize slogans and/or campaigns to promote the School
    • Utilize personal testimonials from the Heritage Hall community
  • Physical Plant/Facilities

    GOAL: 

    Heritage Hall will continue its commitment to the care and improvement of the campus and to the preservation and improvement of its architectural integrity and identity. The School will enhance its facilities and grounds to meet better the needs of our educational community and to ensure campus safety and security.

    ACTIONS:

    • Update campus master plan and prioritize implementation of the following:
      • Build a new lower school facility
      • Replace chain-link fencing with masonry pilasters and metal fencing; enhance campus landscaping
    • Commission a comprehensive study of our campus security and disaster plan
    • Provide endowment funding for ongoing facility maintenance
    • These aspects of the campus master plan were given lower priority than all items above:
      • Build a dedicated performing arts center
      • Build a dining facility/student center
      • Create new administrative offices and meeting rooms
      • Create a childcare center
      • Evaluate parking and traffic patterns
      • Build on-campus housing for faculty and staff
  • Participants

    StudentsProgram
    Allan BrooksNick Carter
    Keith CassellAmy Crowley
    Courtney EllingsonDelaine Evans
    Betsy HornCandy Lisle
    Dee RichardsonScott Martin
    Sean TrauschkeMichael McDaniel
    Judy TurnerMarketing/Image/PR
    Mary WilsonDebbie Bolding
    Parents/AlumniJay Ferguson '96
    Brian Bogert ’95 Janet McLain
    Sarah BrawleyKelley Meacham
    Matt Brown ’91Luke Steelman '93
    Rick HansingDiane Surtees
    Barbara LeitePhysical Plant/Facilties
    Genifer RingMark Allen
    Jennifer Shadid ’81Ron Allie
    LeadershipGuy Bramble
    Marshall GrayMark Ephraim '81
    Julie KellerCrosby Harris '77
    John KennedyJohnel Harrison
    Bob Portman '76Finance/Development
    Jessi WaltersMike Collison
    Rod WarnerWarren Elkins
    Will WebbKaren Littlefield
    Russell Ray