The School boards is a group of leaders appointed by a school owners to help set policy for the school, to provide governance and oversight, to set and review the school bylaws, to monitor fiscal responsibilities and budgets, and to help incorporate a community’s vision of what students should know and be able to do.
A primary responsibility of the school board is to ensure the best possible education experience for all students and align it with the school’s guiding statements. This includes hiring and evaluating the principle, setting policies, long term-planning, setting a budget, and prioritizing how money should be spent.
Another responsibility of school boards is to link the school and community. Board members must consider the needs of the school faculty and staff, parents, students and others in the wider community that are affected by school activities and financial management. The board must take into consideration the input from the different stakeholders and address concerns of educators, students and community members. The board also must ensure that school operations comply with local laws and regulations imposed by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor. This includes developing a human resources system that provides fair and objective hiring, setting salaries, promotion and evaluation of school employees.
Board members need to be properly informed, articulate, and professional in their communications regarding the school. The board members must build significant relationships with faculty, parents, parent groups, students, and the local community.
The Board members must believe that they are real stakeholders and their involvement has an effect on the learning at the school. They are involved in crafting and affirming the school’s philosophy and mission and set the agenda for the school through long and short range planning. They do this in an environment which provides them with the opportunity to articulate both their support and their nonsupport (along with their reasons) on any issue facing the school (Convey & Haney, 1997)
Considering the unique needs of an accredited international school as compared to those of the National School program Board members have to be regularly informed and embrace the needs of the international program. These needs will be presented by the Learning Director of the international program and by the Head of the international section.
1- School owners’ representative for the boys section
2- School owners’ representative for the girls section
3- Deputy school owners representative
4- Director General (non-voting member)
The board meets three times per year.
Conflicts of Interest
Any conflict of interest should be taken seriously by the members of the Board. The fiduciary obligations imposed on Board Members encompass a duty to avoid any situation of conflict of interest. Any conflict of interest may permissible only with the prior consent of the Board.
Board Members must:
• declare any conflicts of interest
• refrain from using their membership of the Board for direct or indirect personal gain without the informed consent by the Board
• refrain from using their membership of the Board to gain an advantage for themselves or someone else without the informed consent by the Board
Evaluation of the board
The Board must be thoughtful and consistent about self- evaluation and how the Board is doing its work. The Board should examine how it operates as a group. It must look into how it is preparing strategic plan, finance, policies, and its relation with all of the school’s stakeholders. The Board should maintain records, notes, and meeting minutes. The Board should maintain records of all its activities, decisions, strategic events with both negative and positive remarks for the members keep record of the school evolution (Annual Cycles and Board Committees, 2002).
The following self-evaluation survey is adopted from Assessing Board: