The Monarch School of New England is proud to announce the establishment of the James P. Carolan Endowment Fund. This fund is the first of its kind for the organization.
James (Jim) Carolan served for over ten years on the Monarch School of New England’s Board of Directors, and for many of those years as President. Carolan passed away in 2017, shortly after the opening of the school’s high school / vocational center campus. His leadership and guidance were instrumental in establishing those facilities, which allowed the school to expand its enrollment and services.
Carolan was a mentor to the Monarch School of New England’s Executive Director, Diane Bessey. Bessey shared; “Jim strongly believed that an endowment was essential to ensuring the school will always be there to support the students who need the type of education that only Monarch can provide. I’m so proud that we were able to create this fund before my retirement, and to name it in Jim’s memory.” Bessey has announced she will retire June 30, 2023, after 25 years with the Monarch School of New England.
A recent gift to the school from Gail Vanhoy Carolan, Jim’s widow, continues his dedication to helping students with special needs to reach their greatest potential. She shared; “Jim often said his time with Monarch was the most meaningful work of his career. He was inspired by each student’s individuality and the opportunity to realize, in a holistic way, their greatest potential. Helping the school build a sustainable model, and supporting Diane and her staff in their vision was a labor of love. Jim would be so enormously proud of all that they have accomplished and aspire to.”
And now, the Monarch School of New England’s James P. Carolan Endowment Fund will honor his vision, ensuring a bright future for the school and for all students, for years to come.