The duty of care and stewardship that comes with serving on the governing body of the school cannot be understated; it is of immense importance, when we consider the lives we are preparing. Yet members of the governing body need to be careful that they do not spend all their time in the fiduciary mode of governance, focusing exclusively on finances, integrity, compliance, and legal liabilities. Boards need to get it right, of course, yet to hold the school ‘in trust’ for others necessitates that board members exercise the strategic and generative modes as well, ensuring a healthy and strong school for years to come.
‘Getting it right’ means a commitment to practice, which may mean a board retreat is in order, as part of a regular ‘health check’ to ensure that the board is operating as it should. At other times, there may be a crisis at the school for which the board needs guidance on its role, or the crisis may be between the head and the board itself. Whatever the circumstance, as a proponent of solid governance, ECIS can help you with the pursuit of effective governance. Contact us to determine how we might help you.
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