The ISM Trustee Handbook

9781883627010: The ISM Trustee Handbook

The ISM Trustee Handbook lays out systematically the best practices to support your private school's mission and to act strategically to protect the long-term best interests of the school and its students. Each Trustee who uses this handbook in a proactive way will be an effective Board member, enabling the Board to dynamically support, strategically lead, and wisely steward the school in its care.

This book explains the Trustee's proper role on the Board, how to develop a strategic financial plan, the importance of faculty culture in a private school, how to hold effective Board meetings, how to develop strong Board committees, how to prepare parents for tuition increases, and much more advice for private school Trustees. Also included are samples of a Committee Charge Form, Conflict of Interest Policy, Board and Committee Calendar, Strategic Board Bylaws, and a "Trustee Workbook" section.

The book also includes a CD-ROM that contains articles ISM has published relative to effective Board structure and function in its two advisory publications, Ideas & Perspectives and To The Point.

Chapters include: The Trustee as a Parent * The Trustee's Role * ISM Stability Markers (Third Iteration) * What is Strategic Planning/Strategic Financial Planning? * Strategic Financial Plan * The Board's Mission * Tuition Setting * Faculty Culture * Development * Head Support and Evaluation Committee * Other Board-Level Committees * The Trustee's Commitment to Growth * Change * Appendix 1: Sample Committee Charge Sheet * Appendix 2: Samples of Conflict-of-Interest Policies * Appendix 3: Sample Board and Committee Calendar * Appendix 4: Sample Strategic Board Bylaws * Trustee Workbook

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About the Author:

Simon Jeynes is a Consultant for Independent School Management. Delivering proven results since 1975, Independent School Management has earned a reputation for understanding the needs of private schools and developing creative strategies. ISM has grown in direct response to the needs of the private school community over the past three decades. Through our consulting assignments, workshops, and research projects, we have worked with more than 3,000 schools worldwide, including over 2,000 on-site consultations. New services have been added over the years to make ISM the only comprehensive management-support firm for private schools in the United States and abroad. Administrators in schools of all types and sizes turn to ISM for advice and assistance on an array of management challenges, including student recruitment and retention, fund raising, strategic and long-range planning, Board/Head relations, personnel, plant expansion, mergers, and leadership training.

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