Governance at Green Acres School
Established as a Corporation, Green Acres School operates as a nonprofit organization within Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and Corporate Bylaws. Members of the Corporation include staff, trustees, and up to two parents, legal guardians, or custodians per student—provided they have signed the student’s enrollment contract or have been designated a Member by the person who signs the enrollment contract. Members of the Corporation endorse, support, and promote the philosophy and mission of the School.
Overall responsibility and authority for the direction, oversight, and long-term sustainability of the School and Corporation rests with the Board of Trustees. As ambassadors and fiduciary stewards of the School, the Board and Trustees act in the best interests of the entire School and its students. The Board of Trustees addresses policy and strategic issues and ensures the development and implementation of a Strategic Plan. As guardians of the long-term financial health of the Corporation, the Board develops and approves the School’s annual budget and also looks toward the future in its financial planning.
Responsibility for the School’s academic program, personnel, facilities, administration, and budget implementation, is delegated by the Board to the Head of School.
The Board is responsible for hiring the Head of School and for providing the necessary support for the Head to carry out the Head’s managerial and administrative responsibilities. Thus, ensuring a positive relationship between the Head and Board and conducting the Head’s annual evaluation are key responsibilities of the Board.
The Board of Trustees consists of Parent Trustees, Staff Trustees, and Community Trustees—each serving a term of three years. In addition, the Head of School serves as a voting Trustee and one co-chair of the Green Acres School Parents Association serves as a non-voting trustee. The Board also may appoint a Board Counsel who attends meetings and serves in an advisory capacity.
The Board’s officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) and the Head of School comprise the Executive Committee, which manages the work of the Board. Much of the planning and work of the Board is done by its standing Board Committees. Additionally, Advisory Committees and Task Forces are established from time to time to work on specific initiatives and to provide input to the Board or Administration.
The Board generally meets monthly during the school year. Members of the Corporation meet at least once per year to elect Trustees, to learn about the financial health of the school, and to benefit from other presentations.