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Canterbury board resigns, replaced by four new members following decision not to renew head of school

Nearly two weeks after the board of trustees at Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg decided to not renew the contract for their head of school of 13 years, all board members will resign and be replaced by four new members.

An email obtained by the Times was sent out to families on Saturday informing Canterbury families of the board's shakeup. The email comes after a contentious town hall meeting held at the school Oct. 16 regarding Mac Hall's departure as head of school at the end of the school year.

Hall on Monday afternoon sent out a farewell email titled "Another Canterbury letter." In it, he counts his blessings, thanks families for their support and calls for a time for healing.

"It is no secret that we, as a school, have experienced a very stressful time recently," he wrote. "It has been a time in which emotions have run high and conflict has saddened and confused us all."

"For me, we are the Canterbury family, and just like with any family, members don't always agree, but the common goal of doing what will help our children to grow and thrive has been and continues to be our guiding principle," Hall added. In reference to the new board, he wrote, "My hope is that we as the members of the Canterbury family can and will support this action and focus on a bright and hopeful future."

The four new members joining are Marion Hale, Robb Hough, Steve McMullen and Sue Carothers-Smith. Jenna Worden-Brooks, president of the Parents Association, is the only member from the old board staying on as an ex-officio member of the new board.

The letter also said that the new board will negotiate with Hall "to enter into a mutually acceptable agreement as our Head of School for a term to be determined." The board also said it will appoint new members with consultation from the Florida Council of Independent Schools.

"The New Board thanks the Former Board for their years of service to and passion for the school and its students, and for their individual decisions to resign from the Board, for the good of Canterbury, in spite of their honest disagreement on various issues," the letter read.

The letter was authored by the new board and Joe Rogers, the old board's president, on the behalf of board members who resigned.

Canterbury is a private school serving students from Pre-K 3 to 12th grade. 

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