The Board of Trustees
Who are the ACS Trustees?
Almaden Country School's Board of Trustees are volunteers including current parents, alumni parents, and friends of the school.
The Role of the ACS Board of Trustees
The ACS Board has three specific strategic responsibilities:
- Keeping the ACS mission “in trust” through its fiduciary duty to the school’s long-term financial health. This includes approving the annual operating budget, setting tuition, establishing spending and investment policy, and leading fundraising activities.
- Hiring, supporting and evaluating the Head of School.
- Collaborating with the Head of School in strategic planning.
Trustees are not involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, which the Board delegates to the Head of School and his administrative team.
While the ACS Board of Trustees includes current parents among its membership, it functions independently of the parent community and does not serve to represent the interests or issues of ACS parents.
The ACS Board meets ten times annually with sub-committees meeting more frequently. Sub-committees include: Finance, Development, Board Communications, Campus, Executive, and the Committee on Trustees.
Trustee Selection, Officers and Terms
As with most nonprofit independent schools, the ACS Board is self-perpetuating, meaning that it selects its own replacements when members rotate off the board. The Board’s Committee on Trustees is charged with identifying and recruiting new trustees as vacancies occur. The Committee looks for individuals whose background and skill set complement the group’s profile and who can help the board meet its strategic goals.
Trustees serve renewable three-year terms and elect officers by quorum majority on an as-needed basis. Officers include the Board Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary.
For more information about the ACS Board of Trustees, contact Board Chairman, Richard Ravel.