The BIFS Board of Governors would like to extend a warm welcome and invitation to all parents
and teachers to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Board of Governors. The AGM will
be held on Saturday, 28 April 2018 at 9am PRIOR to our PTA International Day events that
begin at 10am. The meeting will be held on the 1st floor of the Elementary School building in
the ELC Assembly Hall. The Board values your attendance and input at this meeting.
One of the primary purposes for holding the AGM is for the Board and the Head of School to
discuss with parents and teachers the current state and future of the school. Additionally, the
other main purpose of the AGM is for parents to elect Board members to fill vacancies on the
Board of Governors.
The Board of Governors is the elected body of the school that includes both parent and non-
parent members. The Board sets the overall school policy, creates strategic plans for the future,
and supervises the school economy.
Board Members are voted to the Board by parents of the school, and each Board member is
elected for a three-year term. At this time, there is one parent member vacancy open for election
and one parent member, Kim Bukdahl, up for re-election. There is also one non-parent board
member, Jeffrey Harrison, that is up for re-election at this AGM meeting.
If you are interested in being a candidate for the one of the parent member positions on the Board
of Governors and helping the school’s continued development, please consider putting your
name forward as a potential Board member.
Serving on the Board of Governors is a very exciting and rewarding experience. Some of the
characteristics of a good Board member are:
Devote 2 to 3 hours per month, mostly in the evenings to attend Board meetings and
Serve on Board committees when requested to do so.
Work together by consensus, while not being afraid to debate contentious issues.
Leave any personal agendas outside the boardroom door.
Be responsive to the views of others.
Leave the daily and general management of the school to the Head of School.
Retain strict confidentiality of all discussions.
Maintain a sense of proportion and a sense of humor.
Set objectives for the board and evaluate themselves against those objectives.
If you would like to be considered as a candidate for any of the available parent member
positions, please complete one of the candidate forms attached hereto. As a candidate, you
should be nominated and seconded by different people, who must be parents of children
currently enrolled at BIFS. In addition, we ask for a short biography and small photograph which
can be shared with other parents as part of the voting form. Also, if you are aware of anyone that
does not have children at the school and who may be interested in serving as a non-parent Board
member, please nominate them as a potential candidate using the appropriate form.
All candidate forms and biographies must be returned to the school office by Friday, 13 April
2018. Thereafter, the Board will review the nominations, and the eligible candidates who are
interested in being on the final ballot will be included on the voting form. Voting forms will then
be sent home with students to be returned at school no later than the
start of the AGM on Saturday, 28 April 2017.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Head of School, Mr. Kevin Baker by email or telephone
([email protected], 051-742-3332) for any further information or advice about the
role and operation of the BIFS Board of Governors.
Jeffrey S. Harrison
Chairman of the Board of Governors