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Board of trustees

As an NAIS member and ISAS-accredited independent school, BYDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by an independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. Trustees determine the BYDS vision and strategic goals, and act as fiduciaries for future generations of BYDS students—exercising oversight of the school’s financial health, approving the school’s annual budget, and overseeing the school’s physical assets and fundraising efforts. Importantly, the Board selects, evaluates and supports the Head of School, who is responsible for the day-to-day affairs of the school, including curriculum, admissions, disciplinary and personnel decisions to name a few. The trustees act as stewards of the school, while serving as ambassadors of the BYDS mission. Our board committees are a great way to become involved in our school, and those interested in doing so should email the Chair of the Board of Trustees at boardchair@byds.org for more information.

Jennifer Deutsch

Jennifer Deutsch

BYDS Board Chair

















2018-2019 Board of Trustees
Board Chair Jennifer Deutsch
Edward Berzin
Barbara Bratter
Ron Brounes
Russell Diamond
Courtney Haas
Michele Hayes
Barbara Horwitz
Monique Kaufman
Shay Kuperman
Dionne Miller
Karol Musher
Jordana Slawin
Michelle Spoonemore
Roger Stern
Lisa Strauss
Michele Tesciuba





Ex-Officio (Voting Trustees)
Past President William Goldberg
Past Chair Carolyn Plessner
Past Chair Susie Raizner
Past Chair Stewart Rosenthal
Past Chair Gary Swartz












Ex-Officio (Non-Voting Trustees)
Head of School Dan Ahlstrom
CBY Board President Jerrad Bloome
PTO Co-President Jessica Gordon
PTO Co-President Season Paquette
Cantor Hazzan Meier Finkelstein
Assistant Rabbi Rabbi Sarah Fort
Chapel Rabbi Rabbi Daniel Horwitz
Associate Rabbi Rabbi Steve Morgen
Rabbi Emeritus Rabbi David Rosen
CBY Board President Designee Susan Sandler
Rabbi Emeritus Rabbi Jack Segal
Senior Rabbi Rabbi Brian Strauss



What does the board of trustees do?

The board of trustees is responsible for four general areas relating to the school:

  • Mission
  • Resources
  • Strategy
  • Head of School

Mission
The board is responsible for and serves as the steward of the school’s mission.

Resources
The board serves as the ultimate steward of the school’s resources (people, facilities, finances), for now and for the future.

Strategy
The board, in conjunction with the head of school, sets the strategic direction of the school. This is done through a strategic planning process and through other decision making on a more frequent basis.

Head of School
The board hires, supports, and evaluates the head of school.

Together, the members of the board and the head of school share decision-making regarding financial policies, enrollment and size of school, and facilities needs. To that end, the board of trustees must vote on a number of key decisions every year, including—but not limited to—the budget, school tuition, and teacher salary increases.

Note that individual trustees do not have any authority; authority for decision making rests with the board as a whole.

What does the board not do?

The board of trustees does not involve itself in the following matters:

  • Hiring decisions (teachers, staff, and administration) or staffing matters, other than the hiring and evaluation of the head of school
  • Program-related (curriculum) matters
  • Other operational matters
  • Admissions decisions
  • Tuition assistance decisions
How does the board conduct its business?

The board typically meets monthly. The head of school often invites members of his senior administrative leadership team to the meetings, depending on the matters to be discussed. To encourage candor, all discussions in board meetings are strictly confidential.

Why are board matters confidential?

Because of the sensitivity of the issues discussed, and to encourage candid discussion, all board deliberations are maintained in confidence. This allows board members, the head of school, and the senior administrative team members to participate at the meetings in an open—yet safe—manner, and to address sensitive issues that may not be—or may not yet be—appropriate to share beyond the board meeting. Each trustee annually affirms her/his commitment to treat all matters discussed in the strictest confidence.

How many people are on the board?

Our bylaws state that the board of trustees can have between 15 and 25 members. As of August2017, we have 15 Trustees and 8 Ex-Offi c io Voting Trustees who include 4 past Board Chairs, 2PTO Presidents and 2 CBY Board Members.

How are board members selected?

The Committee on Trustees is responsible for identifying potential new board members. Potential trustees are identified based upon criteria that include prior involvement in the school community and skillsets that they can bring to the board. The committee looks for new trustees whose skills and experience match the needs of the board. This can include legal and financial expertise, demonstrated philanthropic giving and capacity, ties to the broader Jewish community in the Bay Area, educational expertise, alumni connections with the school, and current parents and grandparents who have been very involved with the school. The Committee on Trustees nominates a slate of potential members to the entire board in the late spring, and the board votes on whether or not to approve this slate. Typically, new trustees are announced at the end of the school year.

How long is a typical term of a trustee?

Trustee terms are two years in length, and trustees typically serve three consecutive terms (for a total of six years).

What committees does the board have and how are committee members selected?

The board has several committees, some of which are permanent, standing committees and some of which are ad hoc, convened to meet specific needs of the school at a specific time. Some committees—as per the school’s bylaws—are comprised of trustees only. Many committees have trustee and non-trustee members. Here is a list of our current committees for the 2016–2017 school year:

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How can I join a committee?

If you have a specific skillset or interest that you feel would enhance the work of the board, please contact the chair of the Committee on Trustees.

Principles of Good Practice INFO
The Board adheres to the "Principles of Good Practice" established by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The Principles provide guidelines for the Board to use in carrying out its responsibilities.
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BYDS more than educated me, it helped shape my character. Jewish day school’s influence reaches far beyond the years we spend at school.