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Role of the Board of Directors Part Three

This article continues the discussion of the tasks of board members; the focus will be on the general responsibilities of the Board. It is hoped that this information will provide you with a clear understanding and appreciation of what board members do and the significant responsibility they have in serving the school. This information is taken from the book, Serving God On The Christian School Board by Roy W. Lowrie, Jr., ACSI 1998 (Revised). Click here to read previous articles: part one and part two on the subject of the role of the board of directors.

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General Responsibilities Of The Board

  • Board members will exhibit spiritual leadership as they continually seek the Lord’s will for the school. A knowledge of biblical principles is crucial as is praying  to achieve the best decisions and trusting in God’s provision for the school.
  • Since the board is a policy making board it is responsible for establishing the major policies that govern the school. These policies tend to outline how the business of the school will be conducted, are filed in a manual, and should be reviewed periodically.
  • The board is responsible for hiring the administrator of the school.
  • The board is responsible for achieving and maintaining fiscal stability for the school. This task involves creating the annual budget, maintaining a balanced budget, determining the yearly tuition, providing for and overseeing building projects, and ensuring accurate projections of future enrolment and finances.
  • The board is responsible for providing proper school facilities and equipment for a quality education.
  • In addition to working on current business, the board must also plan for the school’s future development – the next year, and three to five years. The plans should include items such as: projected enrollment, classes per grade, staff requirements, facilities required, program changes, projected revenues and expenditures, projected tuition and technology requirements. This planning should also consider the national economy outlook and factors in the community that might impact the school.
  • The board must ensure that the school has an effective and active public relations program in order to maintain a positive reputation in the community.
  • The board is responsible to ensure that the school follows all government regulations in meeting and maintaining the accreditation standards.