The LWHS Board of Trustees (BOT) reflects the school's diverse community and draws its expertise from many areas. The hard-working body includes members from the fields of education, law, finance, and the service professions. The board is comprised of current parents, parents of alumni, alumni of LWHS, and community members. Trustees serve on various working committees (see below) that focus on strategic initiatives for the long-term health of the school including finance, investment, strategic planning, and governance.
The volunteer BOT holds the school “in trust” for future generations, and as in most independent schools, is the highest-level decision-making authority. The BOT does not intervene in the daily affairs of the school, such as curriculum development, admissions, or personnel.
Instead, the BOT focuses on three areas critical to the success of any independent school:
- It selects, evaluates and supports the Head of School, to whom it delegates authority to manage the school;
- It develops broad institutional policies that guide the Head in running the school; and
- It is accountable for the financial well-being of the school.
In the conduct of its official business, the BOT acts only as a whole; individual Trustees, including the Board President, have no authority to act unless specifically authorized to do so by the BOT acting as a whole.
Trustees are asked to serve two three-year terms and serve on two committees. The Governance Committee continually identifies and evaluates Trustee candidates from the parent, alumni, and wider communities using a matrix of skills and experience currently required by the BOT, to ensure diversity of experience, perspective, and skills. Members of the Governance Committee meet with candidates and speak with those who know them to determine their strengths, experience serving on previous BOTs, alignment with the mission, and interest in sharing their time, talent, and treasure. The committee makes recommendations of highly qualified candidates to the BOT, which elects trustees each May for the following school year. The full board meets six times a year (on Tuesdays at 5pm) plus a full-day retreat, all posted on the public school calendar. Minutes for each meeting are available in the Head of School’s office. Trustees are also expected to attend Board Visiting Day, THE Event, and other major events at the school, to better serve as ambassadors for the school.
If community members have any questions or comments about the BOT, or are interested in nominating someone to the BOT, they are encouraged to contact Head of School Eric Temple or Board President Lara Witter. Additionally, as a school that prides itself in working in ways that are consistent with best practices, if at any time you believe there is known or alleged misconduct, please follow the procedures outlined in the school’s Whistleblower Policy.
Advisory members of Board committees are non-trustees who are invited to serve on LWHS Board committees such as Development, Endowment, and Campus Stewardship to provide needed expertise and historical perspective to the activities of the BOT. Identification of advisory members with needed expertise or other qualifications usually come from conversations with Admissions, Development, Finance and/or Head of School, or emeritus trustees expressing a willingness to serve. Advisory members are voting members of committees and are asked to serve a three year term and sign a standard Conflict of Interest disclosure form.