The New Canaan Country School is incorporated as a parent-owned corporation with all current school parents as voting members. A Board of Trustees and officers of the corporation are voted into various length terms at the school’s annual meeting every fall. The Board formulates the mission of the school and develops the strategic plan, policies and resources to ensure that this mission is fulfilled. The Board’s responsibilities include: 1) appointing and evaluating the head of school; 2) evaluating the effectiveness of the school in fulfilling its mission; 3) reporting to the school’s constituencies on major policy issues affecting the direction of the school; 4) ensuring that the financial condition of the school is sound and 5) advocating for the school.
The bylaws provide for a Board consisting of 15 to 27 trustees, nominated by the Board’s Committee for Trustees and elected at the school’s annual meeting. In addition to current parents who make up the Board’s majority, the Board includes at least one past school parent, at least one alumni representative, two faculty representatives and the head of school. The president of the Parents' Association and the president of the Alumni Council also serve on the Board. The Board may also include 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 or staff, and in some cases, non-trustee parents. Brief descriptions of the Board’s standing committees follow: