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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 decisions are made by the board?

The Board is responsible for guiding AGBU MDS’s long-term strategic direction. This includes overseeing the school’s financial operations, balancing the budget, making operational spending decisions, and awarding financial help to families who have completed the application process. Additionally, the Board is responsible for safeguarding the growth of capital investments and endowments, as well as engaging effectively in fundraising through a leadership role.

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, and engages with the school community in town hall formats to share school developments and provide a transparent financial snapshot. Finally, the Board acknowledges financial and strategic accountability for the School’s future.

Who is on the board?

The AGBU MDS Board of Trustees is generally composed of 7 to 13 members. Currently, the Board consists of eleven members (eight men and three women) including current parents, alumni, and parents of alumni. 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.

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 Principal and lead administration. 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 on the board?

The Board is responsible for developing AGBU MDS’s strategic plan with short-term and long-term goals. This includes overseeing the school’s finances, developing the annual budget, making operational spending decisions, authorizing new construction and major renovation projects, appointing and maintaining Board Committees, and awarding financial assistance to families who have completed the application process. Additionally, the Board is responsible for providing sufficient financial resources and protecting the development of capital investments and endowments. 

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.

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