Role of the Board of Trustees
The ZIS Board of Trustees is the guardian of the school's mission. It is the Board's responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves and to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission.
- The Board establishes, maintains, and promotes the school’s key mission documents.
- The Board establishes and reviews the strategic orientation and policies consistent with the school’s mission.
- The Board reviews and adopts changes to foundation and policy documents that conform to legal requirements.
- The Board assures that the school and the Board operate in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, minimizing exposure to legal action.
- The Board creates a conflict of interest policy that is reviewed with, and signed by, individual trustees annually.
- The Board is accountable for both the financial well-being and the financial future of the school, engaging in strategic financial planning, assuming responsibility for the preservation of capital assets, overseeing operational budgets, and participating actively in fund raising.
- The Board undertakes formal strategic planning on a periodic basis, sets annual goals related to the strategic orientation, and conducts annual written evaluations for the school, the Director, and the Board itself.
- The Board keeps accurate records of its meetings, committees, and policies and communicates its decisions, while keeping its deliberations confidential.
- The Board composition reflects the strategic expertise, resources, and perspectives (past, present, and future) needed to achieve the mission and strategic objectives of the school.
- The Board works to ensure that all of its members are actively involved in the work of the Board and its committees.
- As leaders of the school community, the Board engages proactively with the Director in cultivating and maintaining good relations with school constituents as well as the broader community, and exhibits best practice relevant to equity and justice.
- The Board is committed to a program of professional development that includes annual new-trustee orientation, ongoing trustee education and evaluation, and Board-leadership succession planning.