Our Board of Trustees
Lancaster Country Day School and other Independent/Private Schools are governed and run by a Board of Trustees which is made up of parents, alumni, and prominent communuty members. Unlike the publically elected members of a public school Board, private school Boards are appointed by educational principles, not popular opinion. Since private school Boards do not have to deal with politics, it is free to focus on the future of the school.
The board is the guardian of the school's mission. It is the board's responsibility to ensure that the mission is appropriate, relevant, and vital to the community it serves. The board monitors the success of the school in fulfilling its mission and keeps an eye on the big picture; leaving the school's daily operation to the head of school. The board and the head of school work in partnership in fulfilling these main principles.
- The board prepares a clear statement of the school's mission and objectives.
- The board reviews and maintains bylaws, and establishes policies and plans consistent with the mission.
- The board is accountable for the financial well-being of the school, including capital assets, operating budgets, fundraising and endowments.
- The board selects, supports, and nurtures the head.
- The board, or a committee of the board, conducts a written annual evaluation of the performance of the head and works with the head to establish goals for the following year.
- The board evaluates itself annually and establishes goals for the following year.
- The board keeps full and accurate records of its meetings, committees, and policies.
- The board works to ensure all its members are actively involved in the work of the board and its committees.
- The composition of the board reflects a balance of expertise and perspectives needed to achieve the mission of the school.
- The board develops itself through new trustee orientation, ongoing education, and leadership succession planning.
- The board assures compliance with applicable laws and regulations and minimizes exposure to legal action.