Kathy Kenny Before Head of School:
Before Mrs. Kenny became the Head of School in the school year 2015-2016, she had been an English teacher for the Upper School. She also split her time between teaching and helping with advancement. In all, Mrs. Kenny has been welcoming new faces for 42 years. Additionally, her daughters Michaela (’05), Mary Kate (’07), and Maureen (’10) have graduated from the Academy.
Head of School Focuses on Students:
As the Head of School, Mrs. Kenny’s main focus is what’s best for the students. She wants to ensure that all students experience a safe environment with a dynamic learning program. She wants Gilmour to be a relevant, vibrant, forward-moving institution that has a special emphasis on community.
The Reason Behind the Recent Renovations:
Mrs. Kenny said Gilmour was long overdue for renovations. For instance, Weber Stadium’s football field and track were not up to standards and would not pass the concussion protocol. Turf football fields have a lifespan of 10 years, and Gilmour’s previous football field was 15 years old. This meant that Gilmour would not have been able to host any home events on the turf.
In addition to the football field, the Commons has been renovated as well. During spring break of last year, the Commons received a new ceiling, a fresh paint job, flooring and lighting. Mrs. Kenny said the school buildings were “looking tired and in need of urgent care.” So, over the summer, buildings received new carpet and paint. The purpose of these renovations was to make Gilmour most attractive to current and incoming students.
Mrs. Kenny expressed excitement and frustration about some of the renovations. She was excited for the students to experience the revitalized Commons and school buildings. However, Mrs. Kenny expressed some frustration about the renovations of Weber Stadium. She said the expectation was to have the football season opener on the fresh turf rather than Euclid stadium.
Impacting the Community:
With all of these renovations in place, Mrs. Kenny hopes students will be inspired. In return, students can show their gratitude by respecting the campus and each student’s right to enjoy a safe and clean learning environment. It is the students’ responsibility to take care of the campus in order to sustain its charm. Mrs. Kenny hopes that all these positive changes will enhance the student experience.
Future Projects Coming Soon:
Mrs. Kenny shared her excitement for the January opening of The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for the Performing Arts. In the spring, the library will be renovated and will include the much-needed air conditioning. Mrs. Kenny also plans on expanding Lancer Tech. In the future, students should expect phases 2 and 3 of athletics which include more locker rooms, new bleachers, and outdoor lighting.