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Julie Beckwith

After nearly 40 years of service to Altamont, both as a teacher and an administrator, Sarah Whiteside has announced her decision to retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. Plans are underway to find Altamont's next Head of School.

Whiteside started at Altamont as a Latin teacher in 1978. She was named interim Head of School July 2007 and assumed the permanent position in November 2007. When she became Head of School, it was with the understanding that she would commit to 10 years in the role. "In what seems like the blink of an eye, those ten years will turn into eleven by the time I step aside at the end of the 2017-18 school year," said Whiteside. "I am excited at the possibilities that lie ahead for the Altamont community, which is poised for even greater excellence and achievement."

Brantley Fry, President of the Altamont Board of Trustees, noted that under Whiteside's leadership, "The school has grown to full enrollment, with waiting lists in some grades, and annually places its graduates in the nation's top colleges and universities."

The search committee for Altamont's next Head of School, chaired by Board of Trustees Vice President Mike Denniston, will engage a national executive search firm to partner with Altamont in finding its next Head of School. The committee plans to hire a firm by mid-March and to begin the process of receiving applications for the Head of School position in April. "We expect to find a candidate that the committee can unanimously recommend to the board, and Mrs. Whiteside has graciously given us the time to do just that," said Denniston.

Celebrations honoring Mrs. Whiteside will be taking place in Birmingham and around the country, as she travels to meet with alumni in major cities. For more information, visit "Head of School Search" under the "About" tab on Altamont's home page.

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