Excerpts from the By-Laws of: Franco-American Educational Society (SJA Official Corporate Name)
Article 4 - School Board
Section 401. Purpose. If the Trustees so determine, they may establish a School Board of Directors. The Trustees delegate limited jurisdiction to the local School Board. School Directors, (Herein after “Directors”), preserve and promote the Catholic Identity of the school, serve as a confidential source of advice for the school’s administration, and share their talents in areas related to the business management of the school, including finances, law, fund-raising, buildings and grounds, public relations, technology, strategic planning, Church and educational programs.
Section 402. Members. The School Board shall consist of not less than ten or more than twenty members. Members shall be appointed by a majority vote of the Trustees.
To avoid a potential conflict of interest, those paid by the school for services rendered, with the exception of the President, are not eligible for membership. Because membership is a Church ministry, members must ordinarily be practicing Catholics. Ordinarily, a parent of a student currently attending the school may not serve on the School Board.
The school’s President and Principal regularly report to the School Board and attend School Board meetings, but neither is eligible to be a voting member of the School Board.
Section 403. Terms. The Trustees appoint each Member to a three-year term, renewable once. When a vacancy occurs because of resignation, disability or death, the Trustees may appoint a replacement to serve at most two three-year terms.
Removal of a Member is a power reserved to the Trustees. The School Board may recommend removal of a Member to the Trustees, citing cause. Cause may include failure to attend three (3) consecutive meetings, absence from more than five (5) meetings within a term of office, or violation of the confidentiality of the School Board.
Section 404. Chair. The Trustees appoints the Chair of the School Board for a one-year term. The Chair may serve three consecutive terms. The members of the School Board may nominate one of their members for the office of Chair for consideration by the Trustees. The Chair shall call and preside at meetings of the School Board and direct its deliberations. In the absence of the Chair, the Secretary (Vice Chair) will preside.
Only the Chair or a Director specifically delegated by the Chair may speak on behalf of the School Directory.
Powers & Duties
Section 406. Powers and Duties. The powers and duties of a School Board are limited to those enumerated herein. The Trustees reserve all powers and duties not explicitly delegated to the School Board. The School Board is empowered:
- With the President, to review and approve school policies to insure the operation of the school as a Catholic school in the Marist tradition.
- To evaluate and approve the personnel policies of the school.
- To participate in the selection of the President by recommending to the Trustees the qualities desired in the next president.
- To advise the President and the Trustees in the selection, renewal or termination of the principal of the school.
- If the search goes beyond a Marist Brother for president or principal, the Board of Trustees will appoint a liaison to work with the School Board who will create a search committee to identify and interview candidates. The School Board will prepare a salary range for the position and present a short list of qualified candidates and recommend salaries to the Trustees.
- To oversee and recommend the acceptance of employee compensation and terms of employment to the Board of Trustees.
- To review and approve the annual operating budget submitted by the President and the Finance Committee. The budget approved by the School Directory is submitted to the Trustees for ratification.
- To approve the tuition and fee schedule. The schedule approved by the School Directory is submitted to the Trustees for ratification.
- To analyze the needs of the school plant and recommend major capital improvements to the Trustees for approval.
- To oversee fund-raising activities.
- To promote public relations, advertisement, and recruitment of students.
- To nominate candidates for membership in the School Directory to the Board of Trustees.
- To create committees needed to carry out its responsibilities.
- To deposit all funds raised with the school business office, acknowledging these as the property of the school.
Section 407. Committees. Much of the work of the School Board takes place in committees. The ideal size of a committee is two to four members. Standing committees shall include: executive, finance, buildings and grounds, development, nominations, and academics.
The School Board may appoint other committees. Committees may include non-Members. However, the majority of the members of each committee must be Board Members and the chair of each committee must be a Board Member.
The Executive Committee of the School Board is empowered to act on behalf of the School Board in exigent circumstances between regular meetings of the full School Board. The President may seek its advice. The Chair of the School Board and the President are ex-officio members of the executive committee. All other members of the executive committee must be School Board Members. The Executive Committee oversees the work of the other committees. The Chair of the School Board chairs the Executive Committee.