Trustee Roles and Responsibilities
Role and Responsibilities of the Cold Spring School Board of Trustees
Cold Spring School is governed by a Board of Trustees that is
responsible for guiding and assessing the effective implementation of
the School’s mission through oversight of four areas outlined in the
Strategic Planning and Thinking
Trustees are responsible for defining and monitoring the short-
and long-term goals of Cold Spring School as determined through a
periodic strategic planning process. An ongoing practice of strategic
thinking gives the board the flexibility to react to unforeseen
opportunities and circumstances that will have an impact on the School.
The trustees set policy in accordance with the School’s mission and institutional goals.
Hiring, Evaluating and Supporting the School’s Director
The board supports the director in the day-to-day operation of
the School but is not involved in management or administration. The
director, not trustees, hires, supervises and evaluates all faculty and
Financial Stability of Cold Spring School
In order to ensure the financial stability of the School,
trustees are responsible for approving the yearly budget, including the
setting of tuition. As trustees, they also support and participate in
The Cold Spring School Board of Trustees believes that open and
clear communication advances the mission of the school. They welcome
inquires from parents regarding any of their areas of responsibility.
How Does the Board Govern?
The board meets roughly once a month from September through
June. Generally, proposals that require board approval are brought to
the board through the work of committees. A quorum of the board is
required for approval.
Trustees generally serve on at least one committee. Committee
work reflects the goals of the yearly operating plan that is approved by
the board of trustees in September. Committees are constituted with
enough members to accomplish their goals. They are chaired by a trustee
and may be made up of current parents (ex-officio) as well as trustees.
Current standing committees of the board of trustees:
• Building and Grounds
Who Serves on the Board of Trustees?
Trustees are current parents, parents of alumni/ae and members
at large who demonstrate commitment to the School and an understanding
of Cold Spring’s teaching philosophy and practices. They represent a
range of professional expertise and skills needed to advance the work of
the board through committees. Trustees represent the diverse range of
professional backgrounds found at the school in such areas as
architecture, education, finance, law, medicine, social services and