Keeping this statement as magnetic North, “The Board’s core activity is planning, and the Board’s primary constituency is not today’s students but the students of the future” (ISM, The Board as a Strategic Entity, 2002, p.4), the purpose and function of the AIS Board of Directors is to set broad school policy, maintaining AIS long term financial stability, and hiring and evaluating the Head of School. The Board is also charged with ensuring that the AIS remains faithful to the mission and vision of Association International School.

Board members, corporately and individually, have fiduciary obligations to the school. While carrying out their responsibilities, Board members must exercise the duties of care, loyalty, and obedience. Confidentiality, disclosure of conflicts, and support for Board decisions are also required.

Board members are required to think strategically about the future of AIS. They do not become involved in administrative day-to-day operations, personnel, or curricular issues. The minimal functions of the Board include:

          *Developing a strategic plan

          *Policy development and approval

          *Hiring the Head of School

          *Approving an annual budget

          *Setting tuition

          *Overseeing financial accountability

          *Ensuring that in broad terms the school is fulfilling its mission

According to the By-Laws of Association International School Board of Directors, the Board shall consist of five (5) to twelve (12) members.  Board members can serve two (2) three (3) year terms.  As customary with independent schools, the Board elects its future members, elects annual officers, and constitutes various committees, as needed.

Important criteria for consideration are a commitment to, and understanding of AIS’ education; diversity of talent and background; and a willingness to serve, manifest in involvement, generosity and hard work. The Board also respects the tenets of good independent school governance and seeks an appropriate mix of current and past parents, alumni and community and civic leaders.