Sadly, our last Head of School, Dr. Latta Baucom, passed away unexpectedly on July 28, 2019, after a nearly three-year battle with liver cancer.
 
Click HERE to read our school's tribute to his life and legacy.

A Note from our Board Chair

July 29, 2019

Dear Davidson Day Community,
 
As our school community digests the sudden and tragic news of Dr. Baucom’s passing, our Board of Trustees has mapped a path forward for the school administration and leadership in the interim while we begin a search for a new Head of School.  

After hours of deliberation last night, the Board of Trustees has appointed Mr. Wes Wehunt as the Interim Head of School. Mr. Wehunt is a seasoned division head, in charge of our Lower School (July 2011 -June 2014) and more recently our Middle School (July 2014 to present), and he is well known to our faculty and staff and many of our families. The Board also appointed Mrs. Liz McAlister as interim Head of Middle School. Mrs. McAlister joined our school in 2013 as a teacher and for the past two years has served as Middle School Dean of Students. Prior that, she served as a division head at another independent school, so we feel very comfortable with this decision ensuring we have smooth operations and no interruption for our community, particularly parents or students.
 
We are starting immediately with a process to select a search consulting firm and are beginning to structure Search Committee as well as a Faculty Advisory Committee and a Parent Advisory Committee. As we get this process underway, we will keep our school community informed of progress along the way. Families who have been here a number of years will recall that Davidson Day conducted a HOS search in 2015, so we have folks on our teams who are very familiar with the process. We plan to be deliberate to ensure we make a selection that was as strong as our last Head of School selection of Dr. Latta Baucom.
 
The administrative team has spent the summer organizing the start of school, with the orientations and visiting days as detailed on the school calendar. As Dr. Baucom always reiterated, the strength of Davidson Day lies in our faculty; that is true today, and it will continue to be true. Although school leadership has changed, the majority of faculty are returning, and the newly hired teachers are equally impressive educators. They care deeply about students, and they are ready to help your children get settled into the school year.  
 
Thank you for the ongoing support, and thank you for welcoming our interim leaders to their roles. Please continue to keep the Baucom family in your thoughts and prayers.   

Sincerely, 
 
Reneé Brown
Chair, Board of Trustees

A Note from our Interim Head of School

August 20, 2019

Dear Davidson Day Community,

I am thrilled to welcome you to the start of our new year at Davidson Day School. Whether you are returning or are new to our community, I sincerely appreciate you for your choice to be a contributing member of our school community—our family.

It is my sincere belief that schools are strongest when there exists an authentic commitment to collaboration and a shared sense of purpose among all of its different constituencies. Parents, teachers, students, and school leaders who share the same values and commitments together foster an educational experience where students thrive. This is our reality here at Davidson Day, and I am grateful each day that I am able to welcome our students, families, faculty, staff, and coaches to our campus.
 
There have been many challenging, tough, emotional moments in 2019, and our community responded with compassion, resilience, support, and strength. I am so proud to serve our whole community in an administrative capacity as Interim Head of School. It is my intention to steadfastly advance our mission and vision and ensure a strong, secure educational environment on campus and in the lives of our families.

As we begin the 2019–2020 academic year, I invite you to reach out to another member of our community to express your gratitude and appreciation. Gratitude is a practice that I am cultivating as an extension of my commitment to personal integrity. I also invite you to share your thoughts, advice, concerns, and feelings at any time with a member of our faculty or administrative team, and promise that we will listen openly.

Our community is strong, and the connections we forge each year are meaningful and durable. The enriching experiences that we share together this year will yield memorable moments and stories, build relationships and community, and transform student interests into student passions.
 
You’re in store for an enriching, positive experience this year—I look forward to collaborating together—and I anticipate a rewarding and fulfilling year for us all.
 
Sincerely,
 
Wes Wehunt
Interim Head of School

School Information

750 Jetton Street
Davidson, NC 28036
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DAVIDSON DAY SCHOOL
An Independent Day School educating students 2 years old through 12th grade
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