A Board of Directors is elected each year as the final governing authority of Faith Academy. At the director level, all policy decisions are made including the final budget approval, salary and fee structures, school calendar approval, hiring of the school Superintendent and the Principal. This Board is also responsible to ensure compliance with the Manitoba Department of Education directives. There are six directors on the present Board.
Bill Cavey, Chair
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Speaking and voting at board meetings.
- Setting the annual school budget and revising it as necessary. Note: the Parent Advisory Council should review the budget before it comes to the Board.
- The Superintendent (in consultation with staff) brings the budget forward for approval.
- Setting school fees.
- Setting salary structures.
- Approving any lease arrangements.
- Approving any ‘signing’ authorities.
- Ensuring payment of salaries and taxes.
- This should also include the completion of the charitable return, T4 summary documents, and various other annual returns (both federal and provincial). The Superintendent or bookkeeper needs to assure the Board and prove (if necessary) that these items are kept up to date. Directors may be held personally liable for salaries owed if the school fails to meet its commitments.
- Approving the audit.
- Approving any borrowing.
- Reporting any violations of health/safety.
- Reporting any charges laid against staff.
- Exercising judgment in cases of staff discipline.
- Hearing final appeals from parents in cases of suspension, expulsion, and/or non-acceptance. The Superintendent has the sole authority to expel a student, although details of any expulsion should be reviewed at the next Board meeting. Meetings can be called after receiving any appeal from parents.
- Canceling or directing any transportation of students’ requirements.
- Approving the annual school calendar. Note: the Parent Advisory Council should review the calendar before it comes to the Board. It is generally due by May 1st of each year.
- The government sets parameters for the calendar and it is prepared and brought forward by the Superintendent.
- Setting school hours of operation.
- Approving the introduction of new grades, levels, or programs.
- Approving the introduction of new locations.
- Approving major changes to school programs. Major changes would include the discontinuation of busing, adding compulsory credits such as “Christian Service,” changing the hours of operation, etc.
- Setting policy.
- There should be a constant review of current policy statements (including Code of Conduct, Anaphylaxis, Field Trip Policy, etc.). The Board is also responsible to set new policies (including the Healthy Living Policy and Workplace Safety Policy).
- Ensuring that all Departmental policies and regulations are being implemented.
- Replacing the Superintendent or Principals. If required, the Directors should form a search committee to fill either position. The selection should be approved by the Members.
The Directors do not have the right to:
- Make unilateral decisions outside of the Board.
- Listen to employee grievances outside Board Meetings.
- Pursue their own agenda.
The Directors meet as required, but generally on a bi-monthly basis.