2006-17 Board Meeting Summaries
A summer signature policy was approved that will support decision-making during summer holidays. The Head, Chair and Committee chairs presented overviews of their goals for the year and a preview of goals for 2017-18. A portion of the meeting was spent in closed session. Development of the Spanish Language Learners Track was approved to continue. The Finance Chair presented an overview of various options and a recommendation for the San Pablo refinance opportunity. The refinancing was approved. The Board approved moving forward with the Alcatraz improvement project this summer with a modified budget. The new slate of Board members, committee structure, and officers for 2017-18 were all approved. The Head of School contract was approved. There will be no regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meetings until September 2017.
A group reviewed the Head of School’s 2016-17 goals and progress to date. A preview of application and admission data for 2017-18 was presented. The Board approved a new Line of Credit policy and an attendance policy for monthly Board meetings. A portion of the meeting was spent in closed session.
In his report, Jon provided an update on admissions for 2017-18 and shared anecdotes and feedback on the 8th grade Costa Rica trip (which was impactful to the students and a major success). The Board Chair discussed possibly reconfiguring and optimizing the committee structure for next year and reminded the group to complete outstanding evaluations. Strategic planning mini-retreat is scheduled for April 28. The Treasurer provided an update on financials including budget, cashflow and tuition adjustment data. Finance Committee Chair presented an update on the San Pablo campus refinancing effort. The Alcatraz improvement project this summer may be included in the financing. A portion of the meeting was spent in closed session.
EBI parent Gerry Beaudin has joined the Board of Trustees and will be chairing the Buildings & Grounds committee. Board members were surveyed about the level of time and effort involved with Board work. Members were encouraged to participate in upcoming community events including morning coffee gatherings, Middle School tours, the Gala fundraiser and a 3rd Grade presentation about how the Board operates. Sagrario presented an overview of the multi-year curriculum review process and timeline. The group participated in a collaborative brainstorm and prioritization exercise to identify long-term themes for strategic planning. Pat Takahashi shared an update on cash flow. Paul Sytsma, Chair of the Finance Committee presented an overview about a Line of Credit policy for usage and options for the San Pablo building refinancing. A portion of the meeting was spent in closed session.
The Board reflected on feedback from the recent State of the School presentation. The administration reviewed a draft dashboard for measurement of the program and preliminary admission numbers for 2017-18. The Board voted to reduce the scope of the outdoor improvement on the Alcatraz campus. A presentation was made about options for the school to refinance the San Pablo campus. A vote will happen in an upcoming meeting. The Board began a long-term strategic planning project that will take place over the next several meetings, setting the stage for a future strategic plan.
There was no board meeting in January as board members helped create and deliver the State of the School meeting.
The Board members made fundraising phone calls to remind the community about the Annual Fund. A new framework for Board goals was shared. A new Advancement Director, Karen Hayes, has been hired and will start in 2017. The Auditor’s report was approved. The preliminary 2017-18 budget and tuition levels were approved. The group discussed a draft slate of new Board candidates for 2017-18.
The January board meeting will be cancelled and Board members will be attending the State of School presentation. The Head of School presented background on the evaluation procedures and practices of the faculty. A motion was approved for a new financial line of credit. A motion was approved to move forward with the Alcatraz campus Outdoor improvement project. The Board discussed upcoming steps related to the newly formed faculty union.
The Director of Admissions reviewed admission metrics including applicants, admissions and attrition over time, and goals for the 2016-17 admission season. The group discussed the upcoming vote to organize at the school. Representatives from Buildings & Grounds reviewed a plan to upgrade the Alcatraz campus outdoor and play space. A motion was approved to spend additional, budgeted funds to further investigate this project.
The first Board meeting of the year was packed with a full agenda, completing several things that were started during the 2015-16 school year. Advancement presented metrics from fundraising efforts from the past year and an outline of the current year’s plan and important dates. The Head of School reviewed the goals for him and his team for the year. The 2016-17 budget was approved. Board bylaws were amended to approve an increase of size from 13-21 members to a new size of 18-24 members.