This month I thought it would helpful to talk about the Notre Dame Board of Trustees’ (which I’ll call the “NDBOT”) governing document, the Code of Regulations (which I will in turn call the “COR”).
The COR is the document that outlines the duties, responsibilities, limitations, and operating procedures of the NDBOT. It was developed by, and signed by the Bishop, the Superintendent, and the three priests of our county. It has undergone one minor revision since our inception, which simply defined the tool we would use to evaluate our principals. It was first presented to us, the elected members of NDBOT, as we walked out the door after last year’s annual meeting, and our election. (I only point that out to highlight that there was an additional challenge for the first board, “not knowing exactly what we were getting into.” The good news is that the upcoming board will have the value of experience, and those who seek a spot on the next board will have the opportunity to review it here on this website prior to throwing their hats in the ring.)
So, first, who is the NDBOT, as defined by the COR, and how did they get there? As you may recall from last year’s election, notice was put out to the “members” of Notre Dame Schools that there would be an election in March at an “annual meeting of the members”. To quote the COR, “Members shall be individuals who are registered members (of legal voting age) of the parishes of Scioto County Deanery and/or any person who is a parent or legal guardian of a student attending Notre Dame Elementary School or Notre Dame JR/SR High School.” Later in the document it also specifies that the elected Trustees must be practicing Roman Catholics, and that two of the six must have children at the Elementary and two of the six must have children at the JR/SR High School. Each serve a two year term. The first elected members necessarily accepted “staggered” terms so that the math will work out over time. In other words, Louis Boerger and myself accepted one year terms, and will leave the board in September, 2015. Two additional Trustees will be elected at that time. Tim Glockner and Matt Setters accepted two year terms, and will remain on the board one more year after September. Jamie Detwiller and John Temponeras accepted three year terms, and so will remain another two years.
Finally, I’m going to touch on the duties, responsibilities, and limitations of the NDBOT, as define by the COR. I am not going to go into great detail, as it spelled out in the first couple of pages of the document, which you can review here. In summary, I believe this document calls Trustees to be advocates and supporters of Notre Dame Schools. This may be in the form of offering personal or professional expertise to decision-making for and promotion of our schools. Examples of this include the spiritual guidance offered by our priests, the marketing expertise offered by Tim, the financial expertise offered by Matt, and the great guidance on facility maintenance offered by John. We are responsible for formulating budgets and strategic goals that are in conformity with the laws and rules of the State of Ohio, the Diocese of Columbus, and the Roman Catholic Church. We are asked to evaluate performance of our principals using a tool accepted by the diocese, specifically with regard to their interaction with the board. If necessary, the board would be asked to participate in the evaluation of candidates for a principal position. It is specified in the COR that the NDBOT has no authority over issues involving the teachings of the Church, or personnel issues.
I hope this helps your understanding of how the COR works as the governing document of the NDBOT. If you are interested in becoming involved in leadership at The Notre Dame Schools, I would suggest you first take some time to review it, and then ask yourself “how can I help”?