The BIFS Board of Governors would like to extend a warm welcome and invitation to all parents, teachers, and staff to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Board of Governors. The AGM will be held on Saturday, 29 April 2017 at 2:30 pm immediately following the PTA International Day events. The meeting will be held on the 5th floor of the Elementary School building. 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, teachers, and staff 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 are 3 parent member vacancies open for election. There is also one non-parent board member, Sophia Kim, that is up for re-election at this board meeting.

In view of the three parent member vacancies, the Board needs new parents to fill those positions on the Board. If you are interested in serving 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 other business.
  • 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 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, 14 April 2017. 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, 29 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.

Best regards,

Jeffrey S. Harrison
Chairman of the Board of Governors