Some of you are new to CIC. Many may not know very much about how the school is administered. An important part of the school’s overall administration is the CIC School Board. CIC is a parent owned school. As such, the school’s administration reports to a school Board elected by the parents. The Board’s most important jobs are assuring that the school’s finances are able to support our academic program and contract excellent teachers who can help us meet the school’s mission which is written below. Although the administration is responsible for the day to day operations of the school, the Board is responsible for working with the administration, faculty and parents to set and meet the school’s academic and financial goals.
Board members are elected to either one or two year terms at the Fall General Assembly. This assembly is usually held in mid October of each year. Any shareholder can serve on the Board. Volunteers are always welcome. Those who wish to serve on the Board should contact the Board president or the school’s Superintendent.
The Board meets at least once per month. In addition, each Board member is asked to serve on a minimum of one Board committee. These are: Buildings and Grounds, Education, Finance, and Marketing. Non Board members are welcome to serve on any of the committees. If you are interested, please contact the Chairman of the committee. The Board President and Superintendent serve on all committees.
Colegio Internacional de Caracas is a not-for-profit civil association. All parents are required to become shareholders in the association. This is done by paying the share fee assessed by the school. As shareholders they have the right to vote for Board members and to participate fully in the life of the school. There are two formal shareholder assemblies during the school year. The first is in October and the agenda includes voting for new Board members and approving the school’s audited accounts for the previous school year. In April there is a second assembly where shareholders are invited to discuss and approve the next year’s budget and tuition charges.
Why is this structure important? We want parents to become involved with the school. Schools are far stronger if the parents work closely with the teachers, and administration to develop programs beneficial to the students. As owners of the school, we hope that all parents take an active interest in working with the Board and faculty to make continuous improvement a fact, not an aspiration.