All Committees will have clear Terms of Reference (TOR) which outline their purpose, what responsibility and authority they have, who serves on the committee, how they get there, how often they meet, budgets, any other relevant constraints, etc.
There are two types of Committees:
- Standing:this is primarily a ‘permanent’ committee that continues indefinitely
- Ad hoc or Special: this is a committee that has a specified time period to operate, and/or ends when the task for which it was created is completed.
In addition, under the governance model, each committee is determined to be either a Board or an Operational Committee:
- BOARD COMMITTEES (briefly):
- Deal with governance matters.
- Are chaired by a Board Director.
- Have members that can be directors, members, stakeholders, experts, etc. (all defined in the TOR)
- Can be Standing (eg Finance Committee) or Special/Ad hoc (eg ED Hiring Committee)
- OPERATIONAL COMMITTEES (briefly):
- Deal with operational matters.
- Are led/chaired by the Executive Director or appointed staff members.This means that the time put into the work have measurable results and will be aligned with the overarching goals and strategies of the organization.
- Have members (in addition to staff) that can be directors, members, stakeholders, experts, etc. (all defined in the TOR)
- Can be a Standing (eg Facilities Committee) or Special/Ad hoc (eg Golf Tournament Committee)
For both types of Committees, subject matter experts can be recruited and are not required to serve as board members. They can have long-term positions on these committees to help drive strategies that will result in greater success and flexible responses.
Parents and students will have a clear path to providing input, either by applying to join a committee directly, or by providing feedback and input through the methods that the committee determines.
We invite you to become involved in one of the existing committees. Serving on a committee is an effective way for your voice to be heard, and to make a difference in our organization to guide our future together. You will gain valuable experience in a variety of advisory roles, and will have an opportunity to meet fellow community members and stakeholders.
How can people participate meaningfully beyond being a Member? Though almost anyone can apply to become a member, Non-Members are still very much a valued part of the organization as Stakeholders. Persons who are not interested in overarching governance may find that their interests lie in supporting the various programs and activities. They may also wish to give their financial support by donating to help the organization achieve its mission. We have a broad list of stakeholder groups:
- Community Individual
- Community Partner/Organization
Click here to see a summary of benefits for each stakeholder group.
We have a longstanding history of volunteerism as it has been an important and crucial part to the evolution and advancement of the organization. The Volunteer is also an important and valued Stakeholder Group, but is not separately outlined in the Chart of Benefits as each group has volunteers. We are thankful for all of our volunteers in each stakeholder groups including Committee members, Directors, Student families, etc.