Bullis Charter School's board of directors quietly agreed over the summer to transition its longest serving administrator -- founding superintendent Wanny Hersey -- to a new position overseeing "strategic initiatives."
The change is part of a staffing shake-up that includes the hiring of a new interim superintendent on Aug. 5 and the departure of longtime administrator Jennifer Anderson-Rosse. A worldwide search is planned for a permanent replacement for Hersey, according to Bullis board president Joe Hurd.
In an email sent only to Bullis families and school community members on July 25, charter school officials announced that Hersey would be moving to a new role that would focus on ways to "share BCS' program locally, nationally and internationally," along with creating professional development opportunities for teachers. Hersey was picked to lead the charter school 16 years ago during the founding of Bullis, first as a principal and later as a superintendent.
"Wanny's work will be integral to the future of BCS, and she will continue to report to the BCS Board," according to the announcement. "Though Wanny will be transitioning out of day-to-day school operations, we are thrilled she will still be helping the school in strategic and important ways."
Hersey's new job includes working with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and other nonspecific "multilateral" partners and sharing educational best practices developed by the charter school, Hurd said.
Replacing Hersey is Brian Kohn, who began his new role as interim superintendent for the 2019-20 school year on July 29. The plan is to launch the search for a permanent replacement for Hersey next month, according to Hurd.
The leadership changes appeared on the board of directors' Aug. 5 agenda, which included the approval of an interim superintendent contract and closed-session discussion on the founding superintendent. Speaking to the Voice, Hurd dismissed the need to formally make a public announcement about the changes, and said the people who need to know about the leadership changes already know.
"It's not a big deal to the community," he said. "You may want to make it into a big deal."
Though Hersey has led day-to-day operations at Bullis since its founding, Hurd said Bullis Charter School has had interim staff fill in her Hersey in the past. She went on sabbatical as recently as 18 months ago.
Anderson-Rosse, who worked at Bullis as a teacher for five years before becoming an administrator in 2014, also appears to have exited her role at the charter school. Although still listed as staff on Bullis' website, her LinkedIn profile shows she began a new role last month in another Bay Area district.
Anderson-Rosse spearheaded an effort earlier this year to create Bullis Mountain View, a second and mostly separate school from Bullis Charter School that sought to open a campus in the Mountain View Whisman School District. In early 2019, Anderson-Rosse told the Voice that most of her time was spent on the creation of the school rather than her administrative role at Bullis Charter School.
Bullis Mountain View's charter petition was approved by the Mountain View Whisman School District's board of trustees, but was later revoked before the school was scheduled to open its doors this month.
When asked about Anderson-Rosse's employment at Bullis Charter School, Hurd was cryptic, telling the Voice that her contract had expired but she had not been replaced.
Bullis Charter School, which is housed on public school campuses in Los Altos, serves students throughout Santa Clara County, with priority enrollment granted to students residing in the Los Altos School District. The district's sprawling boundaries encompass Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, a portion of Mountain View.