An Update from AC Board Chairs Ann Balderston and Richard Yates

Posted on August 26th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

An Update from AC Board Chairs Ann Balderston and Richard Yates

Dear AC Community,

Since you last heard from us, we have been working diligently towards building a sustainable future for Allendale Columbia School. As promised, we are keeping you updated as things progress.

Here is a brief list of what we have accomplished so far:

  • We have met with the school’s leadership team to discuss strategy,
  • We have restructured the Board for increased efficiency and productivity,
  • We have developed our StandWithAC fundraising initiative and a comprehensive communications plan.

Additionally, we are researching innovations and actively looking at alternative sources of revenue that could be beneficial to our future viability.

In the next week, you will receive a letter inviting you to StandWithAC and to show your support. This is your opportunity to assist at this critical time in AC’s history. We believe in the value AC has to its past and present community members. Your financial support will help us guarantee the availability of this unique educational experience for generations to come.

Our first Board meeting was two weeks ago, and we are impressed with the talents, enthusiasm and dedication of this group, which is composed of current and past parents and alumni. One topic of discussion was enrollment for the coming year. While we had gained significant momentum with our new student enrollment during the 2018-2019 school year, the proposed merger resulted in a loss of 28 students whose families felt that a merged school would not provide their children with the educational experience that AC offers. We have since seen some of those families return to AC, and we are happy to have them as part of our community again. Others felt it would be very disruptive to make another change and want to reevaluate after they see the results of our efforts towards sustainability.

Enrollment matters and is imperative to our long-term financial stability as well as our AC community. We will soon be launching a marketing campaign to support our admissions efforts and our first Open House is October 24th. If you know of a family looking for a new educational option for their child, please connect them with Shannon Baudo in Admissions at or 585-641-5282.

We are excited to move forward, and we thank you for your support.



Ann Balderston P’04, P’07, P’10                 Richard Yates P’15

Co-Chair, Board of Trustees                                 Co-Chair, Board of Trustees



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