St. Michael’s School has a seven-member Board of Directors, representative of the school’s educational community. The Board is structured so that through its members there will be adequate representation of: the American community, the financial and academic sectors, as well as representation from the school’s Parents’ Association. The Board consists of a President, Vice-President, Secretary (one of the representatives from the Parents’ Association), and four Vocals. The experience that the members bring to the Board enriches the decision making process at the school and in no way conflicts with each member’s responsibility as a Board member.
The Board of Directors operates in accordance with its written statutes and in full support of the school’s administrative and leadership planning teams, as designated by the Administrative Head. Despite the fact that some of the Board members are also parents from the school, the members respect the appropriate lines of communication as designated by the Administrative Head regarding dissemination of decisions taken during Board meetings., All are voting members who may be re-elected to serve continual terms. The fact that members from the Parents’ Association form part of the Board facilitates communication between the two entities and makes it viable for parents to evaluate the decisions and actions being taken by the school’s Board of Directors.
During the initial Board meeting and with the Administrative Head’s assistance, new members are given adequate orientation to help prepare them for their upcoming responsibilities including review of Board statutes, procedures, responsibilities expected of each member and SACS standards for American-International schools in Latin America.
The Board meets three times during the school year. In addition, the Board is called into session for extraordinary meetings when exceptional situations arise. The Board acts as the intermediary body of appeals among different parties involved in the institution to promote open discussions and communication among all groups. The Administrative Head is present as a non-voting member during these planning and decision making meetings.