Board of Governors
GOVERNANCE, POLICIES AND MANAGEMENT
- Who are the Board of Governors?
- How often are Governors elected?
- Do members of the Board of Governors receive remuneration for their services?
- Do new Board members receive orientation and development support?
- What are the duties and objectives of the Board of Governors?
- Does the Board administer the school’s policies and programmes?
- How often does the Board of Governors meet and who attends these meetings?
- Does the Board hold Open Board Meetings?
- Does the Board of Governors and the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) have any contact with each other?
- What role do parents play in the decision-making of the Board?
- How are decisions adopted/disseminated and who implements them?
FINANCIAL ISSUES AND FEES
- Who is responsible for the management of the financial resources of the school?
- What are the two different Funds and what do they cover?
- Who produces the annual budget and who approves it?
- Who approves the school fees and who recommends school fee adjustments?
The School is administered by a Board which consists of such a number of members as shall be considered appropriate, with no more than 2 (two) Board members at any time being nominated by qualifying parents of children studying in the School and all remaining members of the Board being directly appointed by the Council in consultation with the Chair of the Board. The Council of Trustees appoints the Chair upon recommendation of the Board members.
Governors are elected or appointed every two years. After that period they may stand again for re-election by the parents or appointment by the Council of Trustees.
No. The Board works purely on a voluntary basis giving freely of their time and knowledge for the benefit of the students and the good of the school as a whole.
Yes. New Board members are immediately furnished with all the necessary files and documents to enable them to participate fully in Board proceedings as soon as possible. Additionally, under the guidance and direction of experienced Board members and the Principal, orientation is provided to new Board members. This includes an official welcome by the Board Chair and a tour of the school and introduction to key staff members. Furthermore, the Principal and experienced Board members provide time to meet with the new Board members for orientation. Generally, programs of development for Board members will be offered and implemented when available and of relevance.
The British School Jakarta Foundation is a legal entity. The Foundation is led by a Council of Trustees (consisting of three officers and at least two (2) and at the most (9) members). The School’s Governance Manual clearly outlines and explains the authorities and divisions of responsibility between the Council of Trustees, the Board of Governors and the School Management. Under the authority of the Council, the Board concentrates on the broad direction of the school. Its main powers and duties include the establishment of general policies concerning the administration of the school including: Mission and philosophy, school curriculum, personnel policies and control of funds. The Boards objectives are to make decisions as a team and to speak collectively with one voice creating a school ethos that ensures the school continuously evolves and improves standards. The Board looks for long term goals in education and strives to makes optimum use of the financial resources available. The Board is also responsible for the selection and appointment of the Principal and the Business Operations Director. The Board arranges regular independent inspections or accreditations of the school in order to ensure that the curriculum is appropriate and that educational standards are being maintained.
It is the duty of the members of the Board to act in the interests of all the children attending the school and of the school as a whole.
No. The Council, as well as the Board, relies upon the Principal and his Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to administer the school’s policies and programmes. Monthly reports are issued by the Principal to the Board so it can compare results with approved aims, policies and programmes.
The Board holds regular Board meetings not less than 4 times per year. Regular meetings are attended by Board, the Principal and the Business Operations Director only, unless other persons have been specifically invited to give a presentation to the Board in relation to proposals put before the Board. The regular Board meetings are also attended by the Clerk to the Board, who is a non-voting attendee with a range of responsibilities such as formulating the Board agenda in association with the Chair, taking and circulating the minutes of all meeting of the Board and maintaining the official copy of the Policies Manual.
Generally, yes. The Board shall hold at least one open meeting per year with parents and teachers of the school, where progress and planning by the school can be discussed, and questions from parents and teachers answered.
Q: Does the Board of Governors and the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) have any contact with each other?
Yes. During the year, contact is maintained between the Chair of the Board and the Chair of the PTA.
Parents of the school are at all times encouraged to express ideas, concerns and suggestions through proper channels as described in the Parents’ Handbook. Two parent members are elected to the Board by the parent body, which comprises the electorate. Parents are welcome to express their parental comments to the Board. It should be noted that the Board shall carefully consider the advice of any parent. However, the Board may depart from the advice given if such advice is not considered appropriate for the benefit of all and in line with school policies.
Decisions are approved by a majority of the members of the Board. The Principal has the responsibility for carrying out, through supplementary regulations and directives, the decisions established by the Board. Changes in school Policy may be recommended at any time by the Board to the Council for approval. Policy changes are effective when approved by the Council of Trustees.
FINANCIAL ISSUES AND FEES
The Council, and in particular the Treasurer, is responsible for the sound and effective management of the financial resources of the school. The Council is assisted in this process by the Board, which recommends operating and capital financial strategies.
There are two funds: the Operating Fund comprising School Fee income covers all revenue and expenses relating to the school year such as school fees, salaries, supplies, administration expenses, plant operation expenses, interests earned on Operating Fund investments and depreciation of operating Fund assets. The Building Fund supports long-term asset requirements of the school and is financed through issuing Capital Levy Certificates.
The Business and Operations Director, together with the Principal, produces annual budgets for both the Operating Fund and the Building Fund that are consistent with the objectives and financial requirements for the school year. Drafts of these budgets are reviewed by the Business Working Group prior to the presentation to the Board. Upon approval by the Board the budgets are presented to the Council before the end of May for their final approval.
The Council of Trustees approves the level of school fees. The Board, with the approval of the Council of Trustees, may adjust fees if it deems this necessary.