The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Capitol Hill Day School, which is unique among independent schools in that a majority of its Trustees are elected by current parents, faculty, and staff.
- Who are the Trustees?
- Do the Trustees run the day-to-day operations of the School?
- What are the responsibilities of the Trustees?
- When does the Board meet, and how are Trustees directly involved in the School?
- How are Trustees selected?
- What is the process to be considered as a candidate?
Trustees at Capitol Hill Day School are current parents, alumni, parents of alumni, professionals with independent school experience, and community members from our neighborhood and beyond. Trustees bring important skills and points of view to the Board of Trustees, giving the School their time and talent. Board Members serve staggered three-year terms.
The Board works on behalf the School in:
- Selecting, supporting, nurturing, evaluating and setting appropriate compensation for the Head of School
- Undertaking strategic planning and leadership on behalf of the School’s future
- Setting or reviewing basic school policies and principles in consultation with the Head of School
- Providing for the financial health of the School through fundraising, strategic financial planning, and financial oversight
- Supporting and promoting the School’s mission, vision, strategic goals, and policy positions
The Board maintains several standing committees: Audit, Development/Marketing, Facilities, Finance, Governance, Executive, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Through committee work, the Board also draws on the expertise of faculty, staff, and non-Trustee parents.
The Board meets at least six times per year. Trustees are also expected to participate in school events such as Head of School coffees, the Back to School Picnic, Curriculum Night, the annual Auction, the Performing Arts Festival, and other events throughout the year. These community events are important opportunities for Trustees to learn more about the daily life of the School and educate community members on the critical role that the Board plays in the community.
The Capitol Hill Day School Board of Trustees is composed of 17 members elected to staggered three-year terms. Eleven of these are parents elected by the Capitol Hill Day School Corporation (composed of parents and staff of the School) by secret ballot at the annual spring meeting. Up to six community members are appointed by the Board to complement its own skills or backgrounds, as well as to give representation to alumnae. The Head of School and one or two faculty members are ex officio (non-voting) members.
In the spring of each year, the Board selects and nominates a slate of candidates, based on recommendations from the Board’s Governance Committee. In selecting a slate of candidates, the Governance Committee considers the following:
- knowledge and skills in an area of current need on the Board;
- diversity of background and experience;
- personal qualities of leadership, character and judgment;
- prior roles and contributions of value to the School;
- absence of conflicts; and
- the time and availability to provide the level of commitment necessary to effectively serve on the Board.
Parents or Guardians who wish to be considered as candidates must submit a nominating petition, signed by five Corporation members and the nominee, and a personal statement addressing the following questions:
- Why are you motivated to run for the Board, and what do you expect to contribute to the School through your service (e.g., describe any special skill sets that you believe would benefit the Board)?
- Have you served in other capacities at the School (e.g., homeroom parent, annual giving chair, auction chair, advisory committee, etc.)?
- How have you demonstrated a philanthropic commitment to the School?
Lily Brown Chair
Sanju Misra Vice Chair
Julie Rokala Secretary
Lisa Schule Treasurer
Jason Gray Head of School
Traci Otey Blunt
Lisa Richards Toney
Leah Daniels Alum '94
Gareth Jones Alum '01
Walter McEwen Alum Parent '92
Monica Miracky Alum Parent '09
Phyllis Jane Young