May 23, 2019
Dear Craig School Community,
Six years ago, Tad Jacks became our Head of School. In that short period of time, Tad has guided us through some of our most transformative years and helped to create a foundation that will ensure our long-term success. With the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year, his seventh, Tad has informed the Board of Trustees of his intent to step down as Head of School. I cannot say enough about the remarkable work that Tad has performed while at Craig. It has been my honor to serve as a Trustee with Tad as our Head. His love and dedication to Craig came through in every decision he made.
I have had the pleasure of working one on one with Tad over the past four years. I can tell you first hand that Craig and its students were always first in his thoughts. He wants the very best for our children. It was always heartwarming to hear him tell me about the smallest detail of a student’s day or interests.
Among the many highlights of Tad’s accomplishments at Craig, along with your Board of Trustees, is the purchase of our Campus in Mountain Lakes. There were years of uncertainty for the Lower School and Middle Schools’ long-term home but under his leadership, those worries were put to rest. While recent attention has centered on the significant renovations to our Lower and Middle School Campus, Tad’s primary focus has always been to enhance our current programs and make sure we remain leaders in our field. We have never offered a more compelling curriculum. Our Orton Reading Program is the model for schools to follow and we continue to find new and innovative approaches that allow our students to not only overcome their reading challenges but also excel in the classroom.
During his final year, Tad will continue to focus on the academic and core curriculum recommendations and Action Plan themes that were part of our 2017 continuing accreditation process by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and strengthening the programs that have made Craig the premier school for children with learning disabilities. With our wonderful and dedicated faculty, I can most assuredly say that Craig’s standard of excellence will continue. Tad will make sure of that.
The Board of Trustees has established a Search Committee that will be chaired by Amanda Jahn, a Trustee and a Current Parent. We intend to engage our entire Craig community (parents, teachers, administration and our students) to help identify our next leader. We look forward to recruiting our next Head who will build upon Craig’s traditions and Tad’s work.
Please join me in thanking Tad for his service. We will all miss him dearly.
Frank F. Velocci
Chair, Board of Trustees