Letter from Board President concerning Prout family litigation

Concerning resolution of the civil lawsuit
To the St. Paul’s School Community,
I am writing today to let you know that we have resolved the civil litigation initiated by the Prout’s in June 2016 and that the lawsuit will be dismissed. This is a welcomed outcome as the litigation is costly and disruptive for the School.
While the terms of the School’s agreement with the Prout’s are confidential, there is no restriction on any party talking about the case. Indeed, we know Ms. Prout has a book coming out in March, which will likely generate additional publicity. We continue to admire Ms. Prout’s courage and commend her efforts surrounding sexual assault prevention.
I also want to assure you that there is absolutely no connection between this settlement and Mike Hirschfeld’s recent announcement of his plans to leave the School at the end of the 2019 school year. The timing is simply coincidental. We would have been very happy for Mike to extend his tenure at the School.
The investigation by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office continues and may do so for some time. It goes without saying that we would like to get this issue behind us as soon as possible and are cooperating fully with the AG’s office. We will provide information on its status when we are able to do so.
Despite the difficulties presented by legal issues and their portrayal in the media, the School continues to thrive and remains at the forefront of residential secondary education – and we’re always working to improve. I encourage you to visit Millville as I’m confident you will find a vibrant community that would make you proud.
As always, I welcome your comments and look forward to hearing from you.
Archibald Cox, Jr. ’58
President of the Board of Trustees