THE ROLE OF THE BOARD
The role of Ranney’s Board of Trustees is to steward the mission and purpose of our school. The Board: hires, supports, and evaluates the Head of School; oversees strategic planning to ensure the school’s programs are effective and fall in line with its mission; provides financial oversight of the school’s budget and operations; and ensures the legal and ethical integrity and the school.
Trustees are advocates for the school; they actively support the Head of School, keep themselves well informed about the school’s current operations, challenges and goals, and attend full Board and Committee meetings regularly. It is not the duty of the Board of Trustees to operate the school, nor to hire or fire faculty and administrators.
The Board of Trustees also oversees a number of standing committees, which are comprised of both Trustees and individuals who are not Trustees (with the exception of the Executive Committee, Governance Committee, and the Finance Committees, which are only comprised by Trustees). See the full list of committees and their descriptions at right.
TERMS & MEETINGS
The Board is made up of 12 to 19 Trustees, largely current or past parents, as well as alumni, who serve two-year terms that can be renewed once (up to four years total); Committee Chairs serve three-year terms that can be renewed once (up to six years total). Officers - which include the roles of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer - are elected bi-annually by a majority of the Trustees and may be re-elected to terms without limit.
The Board of Trustees holds regular meetings four times each year, in addition to an annual strategic planning meeting/retreat. Trustees are expected to attend at least 75% of scheduled meetings.
Board Committees typically meet in the weeks prior to Board of Trustee meetings. Each Committee Chair, along with the corresponding administrator, prepares a set of goals for the year, focusing on major milestones and benchmarks to be reached by fiscal-year end.
Affiliates of the Board include the Ranney School Parents’ Association and the Alumni Association.
The Head of School, Administrators, Board Affiliates, and non-Trustee Committee members do not have voting rights in full Board decisions.
BECOMING A BOARD MEMBER
Committee members and Trustees may consist of the following constituencies: current parents, past parents, alumni, and other respected members of the community with an interest in Ranney School.
The opportunity to join the Board of Trustees begins with participation on a Board Committee. To join a Board Committee, an individual may express interest by contacting a current Board Member or a member of the Ranney Leadership Team (i.e., Head of School, Assistant Head of School, or Chief Advancement Officer). Members of the Board and Leadership Team often also nominate prospective Committee members for particular Committees based on their experience or expertise. A member of the Governance Committee will meet with prospective Committee members prior to inviting them to join a Committee. Individuals are asked to make a one- or two-year commitment to the Committee.
Committee members may be nominated to become Trustees of the Board after serving on a Board Committee for one or two years. To be considered as a new Trustee, the individual must be nominated/identified by a Committee Chair, the Governance Chair, the Board Chair, or the Head of School. Candidates then participate in interviews with the Head of School, Board Chair, Governance Chair, and one or two Trustees. Pending approval, the individual is invited to join the Board.
The timeframe for nominating and reviewing new Committee members and Trustees runs January-May each year. New terms align with the academic year, beginning July 1. All Board Members are required to sign Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest statements.