About Nutfield Cooperative School
Nutfield was founded in 1969 by local parents who wanted to provide their children with a hands-on preschool experience. They approached Pastor Bill Strait of the First Parish Church to use space in the church. He encouraged them to create a cooperative school to serve the whole community. Thus was born Nutfield Cooperative School which still operates under much the same mandate.
Board of Directors for 2011 – 2012
- Kathy Gallagher, Director
- Fred Merrill, Treasurer
- Carol Flint, Secretary/Registrar
- Sue Dionne, Staff Rep.
- Julie Turner, FPC Rep.
- Megan Olson, Educational Consultant
- Stacy Overy, Health Consultant
- Don Blazka, Legal Consultant
- Heather Belanger, Parent Rep.
- Meghan Ridlon, Parent Rep.
- Merrin Shovlin, Parent Rep
Nutfield is a private non-profit, non-discriminatory, non-sectarian kindergarten and pre-school. It is run by a Board of Directors composed of:
- Director of the School
- Four parent representatives
- Educational consultant
- Staff representative
- First Parish Church representative
Board meetings are held regularly from September to May with an annual meeting for all parents held in the fall.
Nutfield is also a cooperative school, which means parents participate in their child's education by volunteering their time in the classroom. Based upon a rotating schedule, a parent volunteer works alongside the teachers and students each day in the classroom. Parents are encouraged to join the children on our many field trips, and to share their hobbies and professional experiences with their child's class.