The Board meets monthly throughout the school year but committees often meet more frequently. Together, Board and Board committee members form a valuable partnership that ensures that the development of the school follows the overall strategic plan.
There are currently five standing committees which are more permanent in character: Governance, Finance, Academic, Facilities and Development. Ad hoc and other committees and task forces are created as governance needs change or as specific projects arise during the lifetime of the school. The purpose and responsibilities of committees are clearly set out in committee charters which are regularly reviewed and updated.
Our current committee membership can be seen here
|Academic||This committee concentrates on academic issues at the broadest level, advising the Board on educational policies and reviewing the school’s overall program and performance against benchmarks and objectives. It sets standards for teacher evaluation but does not evaluate teachers. Committee members vary year to year, but can include school faculty, administrators, and outside educators.||
Dana Leff Niedzielska
|Facilities||This committee develops the master plan for the school´s buildings and grounds with school staff and outside consultants for Board approval. It may also monitor implementation of facilities plans. It reports to the Board periodically on major plant and campus issues and keeps the Finance Committee informed of buildings and grounds needs.Sometimes the committee provides broad oversight of major building projects, but it does not act as project manager. The committee does not get involved in day-to-day operations, but it is attentive to the deferred maintenance needs of the facilities. Its members can include parents, others with expertise in construction and allied fields, and students.||
|Finance||This committee is involved with the following functions:
Finances: In concert with the Head of School and the Director of Finance and Operations (DFO), this committee develops long-range financial plans and the school’s annual budgets, including setting levels for school fees, for Board approval. It monitors the implementation of the budget, making periodic reports to the Board on the school´s financial status and educating the Board on trends affecting the school’s finances. Membership may include outside experts on finance and financial planning.
Investments: The committee develops and recommends to the Board policies that delineate how the school will invest its financial resources; it sets and monitors investment objectives.
Annual Audit: The finance committee ensures that an internal audit is conducted each year by an independent auditor, for Board review and approval. This is a requirement of the local Protectorat (body that oversees Foundations in Catalunya).
|Governance||The Governance Committee oversees all matters related to the organization and functioning of the Foundation Board including the selection of Board and Board Committee members. It ensures that the Foundation is, at all times, in compliance with current legislation and follows best practices in independent school governance.||
|Development||This committee is responsible for the development and oversight of the school’s marketing and communications policy. It is also responsible for policy governing the school’s fundraising activities in keeping with the school’s mission and strategic planning.||