Park City Day School names new School Head
March 27, 2013
Roy Parker has a specific goal in mind when taking over as Head of School at Park City Day School. He wants to grow the school – one student and family at a time.
Following a comprehensive search, the Park City Day School Board of Trustees announced through a press release that they selected Parker for the position – beginning July 1.
Currently Parker is the Head of School at Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain in Las Vegas, Nev. With over 30 years of experience in teaching and educational administration, Parker has headed several schools around the country.
“This is a wonderful opportunity,” Parker said in an interview with The Park Record. “I have always been a teacher and a coach. There is nothing better than being a part of children’s dreams and helping them fulfill them.”
Park City Day School is an independent school for children in preschool through the 9th grade located in Park City. Currently the student-body – consisting of 154 students – has a student-teacher ratio of eight to one. There are two classes for every grade level.
At the beginning of the year – current Head of School Charlie Sachs announced he would be resigning at the end of the academic year. He has accepted the Head position at Chadwick International School in Songdo, South Korea.
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Tess Miner-Farra, Associate Head of School, acknowledged that the excellent foundation created at Park City Day School could not have been accomplished without the strong leadership of Sachs over the years.
“We are hoping Roy can take us to the next level,” said Miner-Farra. “We are in the middle of a growing process and I feel Roy will be able to fill the big shoes left behind.”
In the school’s three-year history, Miner-Farra affirms that the school excellent foundation, which was shaped by Sachs, will continue to strive as an academically strong and financially stable school.
“Although we are sad to see [Sachs] leave, we are excited about the educational leadership, knowledge and sincerity that Parker brings to the position,” Miner-Farra said. “With the high expectations we have for [Parker] and the collective excellence we already have in our current faculty, we have a great combination.”
Existing and long-term goals are already in Parker’s sights to get the school to that next level. With an immediate focus to improve the middle-grades and a long-term emphasis in doubling the school’s student body in five years – his work is cut out for him.
Adding more buildings to the campus is also in the making.