School Board Leaders Needed

Election for three school board members is slated for the July Voters’ Assembly

A board of nine persons helps to supervise and set policy for St. John’s Lutheran School. Three persons are elected each year to serve a three-year term. The next election will be at the Voters’ Assembly in July.

Over the years the School Board has made a huge impact on the direction for the ministry of our school, and that is especially true for the last five years or so. The primary shift over the last several years has been to reinforce what is called an “accountable leader” model for organizational management. The board sets policy and then directs the principal to carry out those policies. While many decisions, especially ones involving finances and personnel, will come before the board, the principal will most often have a recommendation for review.

Actually, meetings have changed dramatically in recent years.  The board usually first received a report on a particular issue, and then discusses it in another, asking questions or offering input. Often decisions are not made until the third meeting and by that time, the board has had ample opportunity for discussion and debate. Building consensus is the board’s primary means of making decisions.

Board candidates should be active participants in the life and ministry of St. John’s Lutheran Church, regularly in worship and faithful in the reception of the Lord’s Supper. (SJLC Constitution, Art. IV, B.3.) Although two persons on the School Board may be non-members, these seats are already filled. Pastor Albers and Principal Berndt are ex-officio members of the board. The board meets monthly.