Board Decision Matrix
For use with the following types of decisions:
- Whether to devote resources to an activity outside our usual activities (examples: Starbucks Christmas giving program)
- Whether to articulate a position on an issue (examples: school closures, bond measures, latte tax for education, etc.)
- Whether to fund a new/unfunded request (example: music for International Dinner) or to increase an existing funding request
- How to spend the capital account -- the money outside our current allocated budget, designed to support capital improvements.
- Anyone in the JSIS school community can bring a request to the board.
- People making a request should consult the school calendar to make sure there are no date conflicts; include solid budget figures; and submit the request in writing at least two weeks before the next board meeting.
- No one board member should make a decision on behalf of the board, nor should any board member indicate the board’s likelihood of approving a decision before it’s been presented to the full board.
- A board member who has a conflict of interest in the decision making process, can provide information but must abstain from a final vote.
- Requestors should be allowed to stay in the meeting for the discussion because board meetings are open to all.
- PTSA activities must have PTSA board approval in advance; committees should make sure their activities fall within PTSA guidelines. Checks for PTSA all-school activities should be made out to PTSA instead of an individual parent.
- Exceptions to the guidelines in this document will arise and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.