The headmaster of the Calvert School in North Baltimore will depart at the end of the coming academic year for a new position at a school in Houston, school officials announced Wednesday.
Andrew Martire has been headmaster of the Calvert School, located in the Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood of Baltimore, since 2004. He has accepted the job of Head of School at the Kinkaid School in Houston starting next year.
Both schools are private coeducational schools for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Calvert school has more than 600 students; Kinkaid has about 1,400.
In a letter to the school community Wednesday, Martire said it was with "truly mixed emotions" that he announced his departure.
"While I am excited about the opportunities ahead at Kinkaid, I will miss Calvert tremendously," he wrote.
Martire graduated from the school in 1983 and described himself as also being a school parent and a campus resident.
"In my combined 16 years as a student and employee, Calvert has given me far more than I can ever repay," he wrote.
Carville Collins, chairman of the school's board of trustees, said in his own letter that Martire has made "important and lasting contributions" to the school since 2004, and wished him well "in this new chapter of his career."
The board has established a search committee and "commenced a comprehensive search process" for Martire's replacement, Collins wrote.
"The Committee will move as quickly as possible, but with a fundamental commitment to taking the time necessary to make the very best selection in the best interests of Calvert School," he wrote.