The governance structure of an independent school is different than the public and parochial school governance models. Essentially, there are three key governance roles in a school like ours:
- Board of Trustees – responsible for long term existence of the school.
- Head of School/Administration – entrusted with day-to day administration and executing the mission and policies of the school.
- Parent Association (PA) – the organization responsible for developing a positive and welcoming climate for families and working closely with the school to meet its current needs. The PA works under the auspices of the Board and the Head of School.
In essence, the role of the Board is to make sure the school is here for the future. The Board's job is to hold the school “in trust” – looking forward not just to our children, but our children’s children. Our Board of Trustees operates in many ways like a corporate board, meaning that it has an oversight role, but does not engage in the day to day operations of the school. The Board has one employee – the Head of School.
Specifically, the Board is responsible for the following:
- Set the mission and general policies of the school
- Ensure the appropriate financing of the operation (through setting of tuition and significant fund raising)
- Hire and support the Head of School
- Evaluate the performance of the school and its leadership
- Lead the strategic planning for the school
The Board has a balanced membership including parents and non-parents. Board members are chosen for skill sets that both serve our general mission as well as augment the skill set of the school administration. The competencies of our current Trustees include engineering/building/facility management, financial acumen, general management, fund development and academic leadership. Board members are asked to make a minimum of a $1,000 contribution to the annual fund. We meet bimonthly, and trustees serve on the following committees: Finance, Facilities, Fund Development, Evaluation, and Committee on Trustees.