Governing Board Elections
Board Election Timeline
May 11 - May 15 ................. Window to submit application
Monday, May 18 ................. Ballots sent to families and employees
Thursday, May 21 ............... Ballots due by 4 pm at school
Thursday, May 21 ............... Elections Committee meeting and public election at 5 pm
What does a board member do?
As trustees of public funds, the Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that the school operates in compliance with its charter, attains long term financial stability, and demonstratively accomplishes its mission and vision. The Board of Directors governs in accordance with the Charter School Act of 2012, and its governance encompasses general oversight, legal responsibilities, policy-making, and fiduciary obligations. The Board of Directors produces and oversees Lead Academy’s short term and long term strategic planning and leverages its professional resource networks to help ensure the success of that planning.
What are the qualities of a person who will excel in this role?
- Sincere love of children and a commitment to a high quality of education for all children;
- Knowledge of the history, and commitment to the mission and goals of Lead Academy;
- Willingness to learn the bylaws and policies;
- Ability to handle school business with tact, professionalism, enthusiasm, and, when required in confidentiality;
- Ability to communicate effectively; Ability to take the initiative and to responsibly follow through on assignments;
- Ability to work well with others.
At this time, there is particular need for directors with experience in strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, marketing, finance, public relations, educational assessment and curriculum, and ties to Greenville’s philanthropic community. According to state law, a board member cannot have ever been convicted of a felony. Some flexibility in one’s time commitments during regular business hours is also an asset.
What is the time commitment?
Between monthly board meetings, the occasional special called board meeting, service on board committees, and attendance at occasional school functions, board members should expect their service to require approximately 15-20 hours per month. Current bylaws state: “Any Director absent from two meetings in succession or three meetings in any twelve month period is automatically terminated. If such a Director requests reinstatement within two months, the Board may reinstate the seat, though this reinstatement provision may not be used for any member more than once per term.” The dates and times of monthly meetings are established by the board itself each July for the whole school year/fiscal year.
If you, or someone you know, is a good fit for a board position at Lead Academy, please submit a nomination form by May 15, 2015. DOWNLOAD THE FORM and return it to our office, or fill out an online form below.