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West Side Summit Charter School

Our mission is to empower students to find joy in learning and develop the academic efficacy necessary to prepare them for the rigors of a college education and beyond.

Education and Research

School Board Criteria:
The Board can be comprised of up to 11 members and must include at least one teacher, parent and community member.
The board meets monthly (rotating between Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings…. these times may change with different board membership)
Each board member sits on one of the four committees, meeting 4-9 times per year: Academic Excellence, Finance, Governance and Development.

General Responsibilities:
Each school board member is responsible for actively participating in the work of the WSS Charter School Board and the life of the organization. Board members are expected to affirm and strive to fulfill the responsibilities identified below. The WSS Board Election Chair will accept the nomination of candidates who agrees to fulfill these expectations. In addition to the responsibilities below, board members are expected to help each other fulfill the tasks outlined in the collective Job Description of the Board of Directors

Specific Responsibilities:
Believe in and be an active advocate and ambassador for the values, mission, and vision of WSS.
Work with fellow board members to fulfill the obligations of board membership.
Behave in ways that clearly contribute to the effective operations of the Board of Directors:
Focus on the good of the organization and group, not on a personal agenda
Support board decisions once they are made
Participate in an honest appraisal of one's own performance and that of the board
Build awareness of and vigilance towards governance matters rather than management.
Regularly attend board and committee meetings. Prepare for these meetings by reviewing materials and bringing the materials to meetings. Keep informed about the organization and its issues by reviewing materials, participating in discussions, and asking strategic questions.
Contribute approximately 5-7 hours per month toward board service which includes:
Attending monthly board meetings (2 hours)
Participating on a board committee (2 hours/every other month)
Reading materials, preparing for meetings (1 hour)
Attending events at the school, assisting with fundraising and other ambassador tasks as needed (1-2 hours/every other month)
Actively participate in one or more fundraising event(s) annually.
Give, as able, an annual financial contribution and support capital campaigns at a level that is personally meaningful.
Inform the Board of West Side Summit of any potential conflicts of interest, whether real or perceived, and abide by the decision of the board related to the situation.

Sarah Hanson
Executive Director

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