Head of School Search

Tess Miner-Farra

12 February 2017

Dear Students, Parents, Friends and Alumni of WSS,

The Winter Sports School Board of Trustees was recently informed of Dave Kaufman's intention to step down from his position as Head of School; not imediately, but when a replacement for him can be found.

Speaking for the entire Board of Trustees, it is with sincere regret that we accept Dave's resignation. Dave has been a superlative leader, taking us from a small private school with just over 40 students located in a series of double wide trailers on rented land to becoming a public charter school with 120 students in a beautiful new facility to which the school holds title.

Dave managed the momentous tasks involved in the changes from private school to public charter, negotiating the purchase of the new facility and it's renovations, and aligning our curriculum to meet Utah public school requirements, all while running the day to day operation of the institution and maintaining high academic standards. He has worn many hats during his tenure and worn them all superbly. He will be missed.

In presenting his resignation to the Board, Dave said "I deeply love the WSS but it is time for me to take a step back and spend more time with family. It has been a 24/7 job since I became Head of School in early 2013. I am very proud of everything the WSS community has accomplished together; we've built a strong foundation from which we can continue to improve and expand." Although Dave is stepping down as Head of School, he would like to remain involved with WSS, in a capacity still to be determined in cooperation with the WSS Board and with Dave's successor. Please join the entire WSS Board, faculty, and staff in wishing Dave all the best as he moves on to this next phase of life.

The WSS Board will be working in the next couple weeks to form a search committee for a new Head of School. This search process will include Board members, WSS parents, and faculty and staff. As this process evolves we will keep the greater WSS family well informed of our progress.


Tim Gaylord
WSS Board of Trustees - Chair