CSM Client Schools including extracts from feedback phone calls.
Summit Christian School, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
David Couchman, Principal
"The key performance indicators were really helpful. We may feel like we’re actually growing and improving, but are we really? That gave us something tangible to look at and make judgements about. During my time in schools, I’ve had maybe three consulting experiences and this is the first one where I felt I really got my money’s worth. It was a very good thing for us. I was talking with the Board President and we’re starting to turn the corner we wanted to turn. It was the push we needed."
Fremont Christian School, Fremont MI
John Barkel, Principal
"You don't meet many people like Simon. He can tell you something and be blunt and still make you feel good about yourself. That's a great quality. He said what needed to be said. I wish we'd brought him in for two days - he had so much more to offer. He did a great job with the time he had."
Trinity Christian School, Windsor, CT
Kasinda Bristol, Head of School
"Bill (Stevens) was definitely collaborative and told us what we needed to hear. There was a meeting on Saturday with the School Board to ask questions and get to the answers. I liked that he was very honest with us. He could be direct, not mincing words or trying to sugarcoat. One thing that stuck with me. Bill comes with experience and he used that to help us dig deeper and think. And he also took time to pray not just for us, but with us – that was huge, as a leader and from where my focus was."
Shawn Smith, Head of School
"We’re totally blessed. We got more than what we expected and it was worth more than the paycheck. It was a value, not an expense. We’re excited."
"What else was amazing is that Simon is like the Energizer Bunny. The hours he put in – we spent 13 hours a day together. It was clear that he cared, he was vested. He rolled up his sleeves and addressed everything - from abstract thinking to future planning to budget to scheduling – the day-to-day to the very strategic. It was really fun."
Faith Heritage School, Syracuse, NY
Neil Capone, Head of School
“Simon used theory and his experience to move the Finance Committee forward. He worked non-stop and left us with recommendations that were specific to our mission and strategic plan that we are able to move forward with. He got the Board talking in a short amount of time, and accomplished a great deal in the short time he was with us. It was like drinking through a fire hose. The Board wanted to put aside funds to bring the consultant back and monitor the school’s progress. We are very thankful.”
Legacy Christian Academy, Andover, MN
Jake Mulvihill, Head of School
What Bill and Simon told us was relevant and accomplished my vision for the day – part of that vision was to take some specific topics and lay the foundation – almost an educational philosophy – that we could move forward with as a school together.
Manheim Christian Day School, Manheim, PA
Jennifer Knecht, Head of School
When asked whether the Head understood her path better than before, she said “Yes, absolutely, and the Board does too.” Their meeting are more effective – now Board meetings are 1-1/2 hours long, not 3 hours. “That is huge.”
West Michigan Christian Schools Collaborative, MI
Dan De Kam, Executive Director
Tom and Simon definitely did their homework. I was amazed—I wasn’t sure how much they’d read of all the information we gave them, but they seem to have read everything. The consultation brought people on board concerning critical issues.