About

Admissions

 


Academics

Athletics

Arts

Students
Quick Links

Board of Trustees

Introduction to Role & Responsibilities

AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School is immensely fortunate to have a devoted and attentive Board of Trustees, particularly during this extraordinary period in our collective history. Thanks to their continued dedication and leadership, our school is well-positioned for continued success and growth. As we celebrate our 45th anniversary, we are excited for the future of AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School. We would like to take this opportunity to share with you the Board’s role and the profound and long-lasting impact our Trustees continue to have on our school.

Roles & Responsibilities

What is the role of AGBU MDS’ Board Of Trustees? 

The Board of Trustees is accountable to the AGBU Central Board and on behalf of the AGBU MDS Community Stakeholders. The Board upholds and safeguards AGBU MDS’s vision and mission, is responsible for ensuring the mission’s continued relevance to the School community and monitors the School’s progress in achieving its mission. As such, the Board of Trustees extends their full support to the school administration, faculty , and staff in their daily activities. Each Trustee actively promotes AGBU MDS, participates in school functions as active members of the community, serves on Board committees, and engages with the school community in town hall formats to share school developments and provide a transparent financial snapshot. Finally, the Board is accountable for the financial planning and strategic direction of AGBU MDS.

Who is on the board?

The AGBU MDS Board of Trustees is generally composed of 7 to 13 members. Currently, the Board consists of nine members (five men and three women) including current parents, alumni, parents of alumni and community and educational leaders with relevant expertise. Trustees serve two-year terms and are eligible for reappointment for a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms, for a total of four (4) years of service on the Board. The terms of one-third of the trustees are scheduled to expire each year.

The Board of Trustees continues to be self-governing. As such, appointees to the board are made by recommendation of current board members. New appointees are usually nominated in response to a professional need within the board. All recommendations must be ratified by the AGBU Central Board. 

We are confident that the Trustees’ diverse professional backgrounds - ranging from finance, to law, to science, to activism, to academia - is the key to our success. The membership of the Board reflects the strategic experience, capital, and knowledge necessary to accomplish the Mission, SLOs, and strategic objectives of AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School. Board members also serve on various Board Committees such as the Education Committee, Financing Committee, and other committees that are established for specific short-term and long-term purposes.

How does the board work with school admin?

The Board of Trustees meets monthly with the Principal and lead administrators of the school to provide direction and support to the faculty. The Principal and lead administration report to the Board of Trustees as whole. As such, the Board is responsible for hiring, setting compensation for, and evaluating the Head of School and Administrative Leadership. The Board may also approve policies that pertain to faculty appointments, evaluations, dismissals, and personnel, but is not involved in the School’s day-to-day operations.

What decisions are made by the board?

The Board is responsible for developing and overseeing AGBU MDS’ strategic plan and its short-term and long-term goals. This includes establishing the School’s educational, operational, and financial plans, and setting annual and long term budgets. The Board is also responsible for hiring, assessing, and developing the administrative leadership. The Board reviews and approves the policies and protocols relating to the AGBU MDS stakeholder community. The Board is also responsible for safeguarding the schools financial resources, capital investments, and endowment.

2021-2022 Board of Trustees

Board Related Committees

Education

The Education Committee works with the senior administration to examine curriculum priorities, data-driven assessments of our students, and the implementation of the long-term strategic plan for the school. EdComm is composed of two Board members, one parent educator, and seven members of the AGBU MDS teaching staff. 

Health and Safety

The Health & Safety Committee formed shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic began in order to assist the Board in managing and implementing critical safety measures and policies  to keep our community safe and healthy. The committee is comprised of various health and medical professionals from our AGBU MDS community who volunteer their time and expertise. 

Finance

The Finance Committee assists the Board of Trustees in carrying out its fiscal and oversight obligations in the areas of financial management and reporting, capital expenditures, and budget planning.

Head of School Search 

Comprised of board members, teachers, and AGBU leadership, and is tasked with working with the DRG search firm in assessing and interviewing candidates for the Head of School role.

Athletic Field

Comprised of board members, representatives of the athletic department, and volunteers tasked with exploring potential permanent solutions for an athletic field for the school.

Building (CLC Project)

Comprised of board members, volunteer construction experts, and volunteer legal experts tasked with the planning and construction oversight of the planned Library / Admin - Collaborative Learning Center building project.

We Prepare Students For Success In Life