ERIC Number: EJ934725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 0
Tending to Business: On the Education Committee of the Board
Blodget, Alden S.
Independent School, v70 n4 Sum 2011
Most business people seem to understand the direct connection between product and revenue; they seem keenly aware of the staggering cost of inattention to product. Yet, when these same business people become trustees of independent schools, they tend to overlook this connection, which is surprising when one considers the frequency with which they tell the head and faculty that "school is a business." Though good reasons exist for the paucity of strong education committees, the "need" for them is clear, particularly when tuitions are high and family incomes are low. Schools-as-businesses need to offer a product worthy of the expense in order to maintain a revenue stream from an admissions pool that is fiercely competitive. The product is the education, and it is better to offer one that is shinier and brighter and more substantive than those available at the other schools. A good education committee is every bit as essential as a good budget committee, which means that a board's nominating committee must work hard to identify not just strong financial leaders but strong education leaders. The education committee needs trustees who are as knowledgeable and creative and comfortable in the world of education as those who comprise the budget, investment, and development committees are in the world of business and finance. Because creating such a committee is not easy, the author offers suggestions that might be worth considering.
Descriptors: Committees, Educational Change, Trustees, Boards of Education, Board of Education Role, Governance, Board Administrator Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Administrator Characteristics, School Administration, Change Strategies, Institutional Mission
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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