Dear McCallum Fine Arts Academy Students and Families,

I am writing to inform you that, due to budget shortages, the Fine Arts Director position held by Heather Ramsay for the Fine Arts Academy is no longer being funded by Austin I.S.D for the 2021-2022 school year.

We are indebted to Heather Ramsay and the hard work and dedication she has given to the McCallum Fine Arts Academy. She has poured her heart and soul into this work and it has meant a great deal to all of us. Heather’s work and vision has provided meaningful changes to the program in her five years here at McCallum High School that we will carry on for years to come. Her commitment to the academy and to the Fine Arts students will be missed.

Although we will miss Heather, we are fully committed to upholding the excellence of the Fine Arts Academy. Our resources, offerings, and opportunities will continue to thrive. I am committed to a smooth transition as we shift into a new leadership model for the academy.

I know you may have questions. Please allow our team some time to collaboratively plan for these changes. Once they are finalized, I will hold Fine Arts Academy Town Hall meetings to explain the plan and answer any questions you may have.

Thank you,

Nicole Griffith