AISCT is overseen by a Board of Governors comprising Larry Balli, Michael Dougherty, Kristy Dewi, Paul du Toit, and Alasdair Sholto-Douglas, who have been appointed according to the bylaws of its Deed of Foundation. The Board is responsible for the school’s fiscal solvency and overall success. Its responsibilities include:
- Oversee and promote the overall success and fiscal health of the school;
- Appoint and evaluate annually the Head of School, who administers school policy;
- Develop, approve, and insure the implementation of school policy, and insure efficient and
logical allocation of the school’s human and material resources;
- Monitor the use of the school’s existing facilities and develop new ones which might
enhance program delivery;
- Ensure the maintenance of the school’s good relationships with the government of the
Republic of South Africa in general and the Ministry of Education in particular;
- Meet periodically in accordance with the stipulations of the Articles of Association. The
meetings are managed according to the Deeds of Foundation.
The School Board at AISCT operates with a self-perpetuating, “corporate governance” model, a model endorsed by such organizations as the Council of International Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. The corporate model of a self-perpetuating board allows the board to choose itself and its successors and to focus largely on the strategic future of the school and generative thinking, leaving the operation of the school to the Head of School.
Three of the Board Members are designated as “Directors” by virtue of their having established the school and financed its start-up in 1992. These three are Larry Balli, Michael Dougherty, and Kristy Dewi.
In the event that a Board Member resigns, he or she will be replaced by appointment of the Board Directors. The criteria for selection will be, as it was for the existing members, an interest in supporting AISCT, a willingness to invest time for meetings and activities, and the background, connections, and position to advance the school’s mission.
The Board evaluates the Head of School annually. Parents, teachers, and students have the opportunity to evaluate the Board’s performance in annual surveys and at meetings convened periodically by the Board to communicate the school’s financial position and plans for the future.