BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Dorado Academy is a nonprofit school. A nonprofit corporation is governed by a Board of Trustees, composed of fourteen (14) members who are mostly parents of children currently studying at Dorado Academy. The Board of Trustees appoints a Head of School who is the chief executive officer of the school and is responsible for managing the school. The Board of Trustees in partnership with the Head of School provides leadership and a framework within which the faculty members enact the institutional mission every day as they teach their students.
The Board is the final authority for the school and can act only as one body. No individual trustee, not even the chair, can act for the Board unless the Board explicitly authorizes an individual to do so.
The Board, as a corporate body, and the members, as individual trustees, are legally responsible for the school, for all that it does and does not do. Each trustee is equally liable for every Board decision, whether you are present or not when the decision was made.
For each Board member, participation in Board deliberations is a critical ingredient in the success of the Board and thus of the school.
Dorado Academy is a non-profit organization where the Board of Trustees, who serve part-time without pay, have delegated to the Head of School the responsibility for administering the school and designing and implementing the curriculum. This delegation is done within the school's mission and broad institutional policies and is subject to the oversight of the Board.
*As members of the Dorado Academy Organization, parents can access the Board of Trustees Bylaws through the Dorado Academy Plus Portals platform. They are located in the "School Links and Files" section.
Current Board Members
Governance Principles for the Board of Trustees of Dorado Academy
Duties of the Board
The board prepares a clear statement of the school's mission and objectives.
The board reviews and maintains bylaws, and establishes policies and plans consistent with the mission.
The board assures compliance with applicable laws and regulations and minimizes exposure to legal action. ·
The board is accountable for the financial well-being of the school, including capital assets, operating budgets, fund-raising; and endowment.
The composition of the board reflects a balance of expertise and perspectives needed to achieve the mission of the school.
The board sets policy; the administration implements policy. An individual trustee does not become involved in specific management, personnel, or curricular issues.
The board works to ensure all its members are actively involved in the work of the board and its committees.
The board develops itself through new trustee orientation, ongoing education, and leadership succession planning.
The board selects, supports, and nurtures the Head of School.
The board, or a committee of the board, conducts a written annual evaluation of the performance of the Head of School and works with the Headmaster to establish goals for the following year.
The board evaluates itself annually and establishes goals for the following year.
The board keeps full and accurate records of its meetings, committees, and policies.
Individual Trustee Expectations
A trustee actively supports and promotes the school's mission.
A trustee is knowledgeable about the school's mission and goals, as well as current operations and issues.
Each trustee, as well as the treasurer, and finance committee, has a fiduciary responsibility to the school for sound financial management·
As a policymaker involved in establishing the school's fees, tuition, and payment schedules as well as sanctions, a trustee should maintain an excellent track record of his or her personal financial obligations and keep it up to date.
A trustee contributes to the development program of the school, including financial support and active involvement in annual and capital giving.
A trustee accepts and supports board decisions and respects the board's confidentially.
A trustee guards against conflict of interest, whether business-related or personal. The trustee takes care to separate the interests of the school from the specific needs of a particular child or constituency.
Authority is vested in the board as a whole. A trustee who learns of an issue has the responsibility to bring it to the Head of School of the school or the board chair and must not deal with the situation individually.
A trustee has the responsibility to support the school and its Head of School and to demonstrate that support within the community.
A trustee accepts responsibility to support the Head of School and to work through established channels to resolve differences.