Founder and Executive Director Lynne Glickert to Leave her Position Effective September 30, 2014

On September 19, 2014, The Board of Confluence Academy announced that Founder and Executive Director Lynne Glickert will be leaving her position effective September 30, 2014. See the attached press release. Further information was provided in a mass emailing Glickert sent to members of the GCAA community, set forth below in its entirety:
Dear GCAA Families and Staff, I have spent the last five years of my life creating a school for creative, talented young people in the St. Louis region. Grand Center Arts Academy has exceeded what I dreamed and imagined when I agreed in July of 2009 to build a school. We are nearly 700 strong. We have students from over 180 sending schools and 40 zip codes. We have a beautiful performing arts venue in the newly renovated Sun Theater. What we have created together is unique and wonderful. Creating this school has been a labor of love but it has also been exhausting. I have decided I will be leaving my position with Grand Center Arts Academy at the end of September. I will stay on in a limited capacity to assist with the charter renewal process. It was an agonizing decision to make, but it was mine to make. My leaving has everything to do with other professional opportunities, and nothing to do with politics or history. I am leaving a strong school and have confidence in the administrative team I’m leaving behind. I have every expectation that all involved, administrators, teachers, students and families will continue the exceptional work we have done together to create our wonderful school. In addition, the Confluence Academy Board of Directors and our sponsor, Saint Louis University are committed to a strategic planning process for GCAA that ensures commitment to the vision that inspired GCAA as well as ensuring long term sustainability. There is still much work to be done at GCAA and I will be cheering from afar as this school, which I gave birth to, grows to maturity. I look forward to returning for student performances and graduations. I will be excited to see where our graduates go to college and what they do with their lives and careers. I am so very proud of Grand Center Arts Academy and will forever be. With a grateful heart, Lynne Williams Glickert