New Canaan Country School is incorporated as a parent and guardian owned corporation with all current school parents and guardians as voting members. A Board of Trustees and officers of the corporation are voted into various length terms by electronic vote each spring. The Board formulates the mission of the school and develops the strategic plan, policies, and resources to ensure that this school’s mission is fulfilled.
The Board’s responsibilities include:
- Appoint and evaluate the Head of School
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the school in fulfilling its mission
- Report to the school’s constituencies on major policy issues affecting the direction of the school
- Ensure that the financial condition of the school is sound
- Advocate for the school
The bylaws provide for a Board consisting of 15 to 27 trustees, nominated by the Board’s Committee for Trustees. In addition to current parents or guardians who serve as trustees, the Board also includes the Head of School, two Faculty Members, the President of the Alumni Council, and the President of the Parents' Association. The Board may also include past parents or guardians, or individuals from outside the Country School community.
The full Board meets regularly throughout the school year however, much of the work of the Board is done by its standing committees and ad hoc task forces formed from time to time by the Board President and Head of School to focus on particular areas of interest. Board committees and task forces also include administrators, faculty or staff, and in some cases, non-trustee parents or guardians. Brief descriptions of the Board’s standing committees follow: