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Class A Board Member Application

STEM School Seeking Nominations for Class A Board of Director Members

The self-nomination period has opened for individuals interested in serving in a Class A position on the STEM School Highlands Ranch Board of Directors. Class A Director positions consist of parents/guardians of currently enrolled STEM School students and typically serve a three-year* term. Two Class A Board seats are available and are subject to a vote of the STEM School Highlands Ranch membership. The deadline for submitting applications is April 30, 2019. Voting will be open between May 10, 2019 and May 17, 2019. Candidates must self-nominate for only ONE of the two available seats outlined below. Application forms must be completed in full and can be found HERE.
Once completed, the application should be sent to:

* In the May 2019 election, the terms for the two open Class A Director positions are outlined below. Note that the term for Seat #1 is two years. The purpose of the exception to the standard three-year term for Seat #1 is to ensure that timing of the term expirations result in the election of one Class A Director annually, beginning in 2020 (note: one current Board A Director’s term expires in May 2020).

Seat #1 Class A Director with term expiring May 2021
Seat #2 Class A Director with term expiring May 2022
Position Description:
STEM School Highlands Ranch continues to develop, grow and continuously improve in alignment with our mission to Never Stop Innovating. The role of a high-functioning Board of Directors is critical to the sustainment and growth of STEM School Highlands Ranch. The STEM School Highlands Ranch Board of Directors is delighted to solicit nominations to add one parent of STEM School Highlands Ranch students in order to ensure breadth and depth of perspectives, skills and experience in our Board composition. Class A Board members play a vital role in executing the STEM Board’s responsibilities.
STEM School Board responsibilities primarily include:
• Determining the School’s mission and purpose and ensuring adequate resources to fulfill the mission and purpose (including fund raising)
• Selecting and supporting the School leader and assessing performance
• Ensuring effective organizational planning, proper financial oversight, legal and ethical integrity and maintaining accountability
• Enhancing the School’s public standing
• Recruiting and orienting new Board members and assessing Board performance
• Determining, monitoring and strengthening the School’s programs and services.

As a STEM School Board member, your responsibilities will primarily include:
• Support and be an active ambassador for the values, mission and vision of STEM School and Academy
• Be informed about the School’s mission, services, policies, and programs
• Work with fellow Board members to fulfill the obligations of Board membership (expect between 5 and 20 hours per month)
o Prepare for and attend all Board and Committee meetings and functions, including special events (monthly Board meetings – presently the first Tuesday of each month)
o Keep informed about the School and its issues by reviewing meeting materials, participating in discussions and asking strategic questions
o Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take special assignments
o Keep up-to-date on developments in education and charter school issues
o Assist the Board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the school’s annual financial statements

• Behave in ways that clearly contribute to the effective operation of the Board of Directors
o Focus on the good of the organization and group, not on a personal agenda
o Support Board decisions once they are made
o Participate in an honest appraisal of personal performance, and that of the Board
o Build awareness of and vigilance toward governance matters, rather than management
• Use personal and professional contacts and expertise for the benefit of the STEM School and Academy
• Commit to continuous improvement of the Board through annual self-evaluation and ongoing professional development.
Required Skills and Experience:
• Parent/guardian of a STEM School Highlands Ranch student
• Ability to listen
• Ability to analyze
• Ability to think clearly and creatively
• Ability to work well with people individually and in a group
• Willing to prepare for and attend Board and committee meetings
• Willing to ask questions
• Willing to take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment
• Willing to open doors in the community
• Willing to evaluate oneself
• Possess: honesty; sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views; a friendly, responsive and patient approach; community-building skills; personal integrity; a developed sense of values; concern for STEM School’s development