Role of the Board of Trustees
When full, the AISB Board is composed of seven voting trustees in addition to the school director and a representative of the US Embassy, both of whom sit as non-voting members. Trustee elections take place at the AISB Association Annual General Meeting each year in May.
The Board is responsible for school policy, strategy and fiduciary matters. The Board self-selects an executive, consisting of the following posts:
- Chair – Currently Viet-Hong Pham Dinh
While much of the work of the Board is accomplished during monthly Board meetings (see schedule below), significant work is also done in committee. This year the Board has the following committees and taskforces:
- Finance – chaired by the Treasurer
- Head Search
The AISB Board is committed to following best practices and has endorsed the following principles for trustees:
NAIS PRINCIPLES OF GOOD PRACTICE FOR INDIVIDUAL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL TRUSTEES
1.A trustee actively supports and promotes the school’s mission, vision, strategic goals, and policy positions.
2.A trustee is knowledgeable about the school’s mission and goals, including its commitment to equity and justice, and represents them appropriately and accurately within the community.
3.A trustee stays fully informed about current operations and issues by attending meetings regularly, coming to meetings well prepared, and participating fully in all matters.
4.The board sets policy and focuses on long-range and strategic issues. An individual trustee does not become involved directly in specific management, personnel, or curricular issues.
5.The trustee takes care to separate the interests of the school from the specific needs of a particular child or constituency.
6.A trustee accepts and supports board decisions. Once a decision has been made, the board speaks with one voice.
7.A trustee keeps all board deliberations confidential.
8.A trustee guards against conflict of interest, whether personal or business related.
9.A trustee has the responsibility to support the school and its head and to demonstrate that support within the community.
10.Authority is vested in the board as a whole. A trustee who learns of an issue of importance to the school has the obligation to bring it to the head of school or to the board chair, and must refrain from responding to the situation individually.
11.A trustee contributes to the development program of the school, including strategic planning for development, financial support, and active involvement in annual and capital giving.
12.Each trustee, not just the treasurer and finance committee, has fiduciary responsibility to the school for sound financial management.