Call for Self-Nominations for Seat on the SAS Board of Directors
Posted by: Kim Lange
Four seats on the SAS Board of Directors will be up for election from
April 19 to May 9, 2012. An additional
one (1) seat is up for appointment at the end of May. School Board members serve a
two-year term with an optional one-year term extension. Refer to Policy 2.204 here for distinction details
on elected/appointed optional term extension.
The filing deadline for the School Board election is Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 5:00 PM. The
nomination period for any persons who wish to seek election or appointment to a
Board seat is from March 1 to March 29, 2012.
Persons interested in becoming a candidate can download a 2012 School
Board Candidate Filing Packet by clicking here. You may also request a hard copy by
contacting Kim Lange, Assistant to the Board, at email@example.com or 6221-1445 x 2255. Applications
received after 5:00 PM on March 29 and incomplete applications
will not be honored. Candidates with late or
incomplete applications will not
be included in the election and will not be considered for appointment.
Persons seeking more information or wishing to discuss the role further
are cordially invited to contact any of the current sitting Board members or to
send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to become a candidate for election,
one must be a current Association member, must anticipate being an Association
member for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, and must be recommended by two
other current Association members. Candidates
for appointment are not required to be an Association member.
Below is a Board Profile containing expectations of Board members and
their desired attributes.
Profile for Prospective Candidates
for SAS BOD
What is the time commitment expected of Board
members? What other expectations are there? The Board meets once a month as a
whole. Each Board member also serves as Chair or Co-Chair on at least one
sub-committee/task force that meets monthly. Board members are expected to attend and be
prepared for every Board meeting and for their assigned committee meeting. A fair estimate is that Board members spend
15-20 hours a month preparing for and attending meetings and completing
necessary follow-up work.
General expectations include:
Board members are committed to the school’s stated core values and mission, available
by clicking here.
Board members serve as ambassadors of the school in everything they do and with
whomever they encounter.
Board members demonstrate wisdom, discretion and a high degree of integrity.
Board members are positive thinkers and possess common sense.
Board members are expected to build consensus for ideas and decisions.
Board members make decisions based on the good of the whole school.
Board members should be willing to contribute of their time, talent and
resources to support fundraising efforts.
Board members commit to Board protocols at the beginning of each term. Current Board protocols are available by
Further details can be found in Policy 2.101 Expectations for Board Members, available
by clicking here.
What type of professional and
personal attributes best contribute to the Board?
Generally, the school is well served by Board members who have or can exert
influence to the benefit of the school in given circumstances. Board members are needed to conceptualize and
articulate means for achieving the mission for SAS students, staff and parents.
A balanced Board is one where its
various members have influence in a variety of areas, e.g., government
relations, social service sector, corporate sector. Business acumen and leadership skills are also
What are some examples of the kind of
influence SAS seeks in Board members?
Again, generally individuals with influence cause things to happen in a variety
of ways. Some examples could include: opening doors to engage the
expertise and talents of others to assist the Board; negotiating a line of
credit well below the commercial rate; bringing their level of respect in the
broader community to the school as they join the Board.
How should the Board of Directors be constituted to best serve the
school at any given time?
The Board should be generally representative of the SAS parent community so
that it reflects the diversity of SAS as an international community. The
Board should also have a variety of skills, talents and resources among its
members. Accessibility and demonstrated participation in school
activities is also a plus.
are some of the specific attributes?
are needed to provide expertise in long range, viability planning.
In order to maintain a balanced Board, we seek expertise or experience in areas
such as MNC (multinational) corporate executive, legal, human resources,
finance, public relations, business/entrepreneurial, construction, real estate
and facilities planning.
Prior experience on an
international school board or other similar boards is always an advantage in
terms of adjusting to the role of Board member.
played an active role in the SAS community, demonstrated leadership in school
activities as a volunteer in school organizations such as serving as a board
committee member, PTSA involvement, etc. can be helpful as well.