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posted Mar 3, 2017, 11:21 AM by Marieme MBAYE   [ updated Mar 5, 2017, 1:46 AM by ]
Dear ISD Community, 

First I would like to thank all those parents who have already completed the Parent Survey – this is your opportunity to provide us with feedback that we as a Board take very seriously in setting the strategic direction for the school. The school administrators also rely on it to know what the school is doing well, where it can improve and what the issues of importance are for our school community.

If you haven’t yet taken the survey, we would appreciate hearing your voice. It takes about 5 minutes: /2017ISD_Parent_Survey

A French translation of the questions is also available – if you need support, please contact The survey remains open until Friday March 17, 2017.

Registration is now open for candidates wishing to run in this year’s Trustee elections. There are 6 seats on the Board that will be contested this year. Being part of the Board is a great way to contribute to the life of the school and we are looking for Trustees with the talents and time to help in this governance role. If you are interested, please do let us know via and current Trustees would be very happy to talk with you about what is involved. To apply, you must submit your CV, photo and a short statement of intent to by Friday March 17, 2017.

Please also put the date of our Annual General Meeting in your diaries now: Thursday April 20, 2017 6.30 – 8.30 pm. The AGM is always an enjoyable and informative evening for our community to get together, with reports from the school Director and the Board, information about where our graduating students have been accepted into university and celebrating service milestones of our staff. All this with a nibble and a glass of wine!

Before our pause for Spring Break, I would like to notify you of the next meeting of the ISD Board. Parents of current students are always welcome to attend as observers. If you are thinking of running in the upcoming Trustee elections, please consider coming along to see how the Board operates and to meet current Trustees.

The ISD Board of Trustees will hold its November monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6.00pm, in the ISD Conference room (top floor, ISD Admin building). Refreshments are served at 5:30pm.

Here is the agenda:

I. Welcome and articulation of ISD’s Guiding Statements (6:00 – 6:05)

II. Public comment (6:05 – 6:15)

Opportunity for non-Board member to address Board if requested.

III. Consent Agenda (6:15 – 6:20)

Items to be approved by general consensus can be removed from consent agenda by any one member of the board.

    A. Minutes approval

    B. School Reports: (Director, Admissions Coordinator, Elementary School Principal, and Secondary School Principal)

    C. Committee Reports (Finance, Governance & Development / Policy)

IV. Educational Program Update (6:20 – 6:50)

Middle Years Programme (MYP) - Report from the committee looking at whether MYP should be introduced to ISD - Marc Guillaume

V. Reports by representatives (6:50 – 6:55)

    A. US Ambassador’s Representative (Jenna Diallo)

    B. Faculty Representative (Sandra Goldsborough)

VII. Discussion Items (7:00 - 7:40)

    A. Primary Years Programme (PYP) Candidate Status (Alan Knobloch)

    B. Change in Fiscal Year (Thiaba Camara Sy)

    C. Budget for Gym Conversion to ES Classrooms (Alan Knobloch)

    D. AGM Agenda (Louisa Gibbs)

VIII. Decision Items (7:40 - 7:45)

    A. PYP Candidate Status

    B. Change in Fiscal Year

    C. Budget for Gym Conversion to ES Classrooms

IX. Meeting evaluation (7:45 -7:50)

X. Schedule for next meetings; planning reminders (7:50 - 8:00)

Enjoy your spring break,

Louisa Gibbs
Chair, ISD Board of Trustees