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Press Release: Director of School Announces Retirement

Saratoga Independent School

Director Announces Her Retirement

(March 9, 2017, Saratoga Springs, NY)  Felice Karlitz, Director of School at Saratoga Independent School has announced her retirement, effective June 30, 2017.

After 20 wonderful years at SIS, Felice Karlitz has informed the Board of Trustees that she has decided to retire as Director of School at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. For two decades, Felice has enriched the lives of countless students who have passed through SIS’s doors. SIS began in 1991 as a school with six kindergarten students in the basement of a church. Since then, SIS has grown into a vibrant and rigorous school. Or, as the New York State Association of Independent School described it during a prior accreditation process, SIS has become a “gem in its community.”

Starting immediately, the Board of Trustees will be forming a committee to conduct a search for a permanent Director of School who will continue the mission of SIS. The search process will likely last for a year, and possibly longer. The Board takes this responsibility very seriously and promises to conduct the search in a transparent and deliberative manner. Community participation in this process is important and will be welcomed.

For the immediate future, the Board of Trustees has voted to approve the hiring of Lisa Brown as the interim Director of School. Ms. Brown will begin as interim DOS immediately upon Felice’s retirement this June, and will continue to serve in the capacity during the search process and until a permanent DOS seated. Ms. Brown comes to the school with impressive independent school credentials. Most recently, Ms. Brown served as the Associate Head of School and a teacher at Doane Stuart. Since 1993, she also has served in various positions in Doane Stuart’s administration, including as the interim Head of School.  In addition, Ms. Brown has been a trustee of SIS for the past two years and has chaired the strategic planning committee, giving her familiarity with SIS and many of our families.