Trustees To Discuss Fate of Peabody On Annual Winter Visit

Convening on campus for their annual winter meeting next weekend, the Phillips Academy Board of Trustees will discuss faculty salaries, tuition and the ongoing strategic planning process, in addition to hearing reports on the financial aid pool and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology. Set to arrive on campus next Thursday, the Trustees will be in meetings throughout Friday and Saturday. The main order of business for the meetings will be reviewing the myriad components of the annual operating budget, which will be presented by members of the Dean’s Council and other administrative personnel. While the Trustees will decide on individual pieces of next year’s operating budget during next weekend’s meetings, they will not vote on the budget in full until they meet again in April. The Peabody Planning Committee will present their assessment of the Museum’s role in the Andover community. The Committee was formed by Acting Head of School Rebecca Sykes after a request by the Trustees. “At that time, [the] Trustees determined that the question of the Peabody’s relationship to the teaching mission of the school had not been fully enough explored,” Director of Communications Sharon Britton wrote in an email. The Strategic Planning Committee, which met for the first time in September, will present a report to the Trustees, updating them on its progress. The committee has been charged with identifying “both the external opportunities and challenges the academy faces over the next five years and the academy’s current strengths and weaknesses,” according to its website.