Board of Trustees

How We Govern

Policy Governance Model

The Boston College High School Board of Trustees operates on a Policy Governance Model. This model is mission-driven and, in the case of Boston College High School, the Board is guided by BC High’s Jesuit Catholic mission. The Board’s role in this model is one of stewardship on behalf of all of its communities. In addition to mission, the Board focuses on vision, values and strategic priorities of the school.

In this framework, there is a clear delineation between the governance role of the Board and the management role of the President and staff. The Board empowers the President and staff to carry out the mission within established parameters. The President provides day-to-day operational leadership and manages the organization. The Board also monitors and evaluates the President’s performance.

The Board articulates policies in four (4) areas:

  • a focus on outcomes
  • setting parameters for the President
  • delegating power to the President
  • Attending to its own Board policies and structures

The Policy Governance model has been widely adopted by secondary schools and colleges throughout the country. The BC High Board of Trustees is committed to this model and to maintaining a clear delineation between governance and management.

Governance Update

BC High undertook a comprehensive review of its Governance, By-Laws and current Board of Trustee (BOT) policies and practices. It was a robust process that utilized outside advisors and experts. The year-long exercise ensured that all of our procedures and processes were operating as intended and appropriate for current standards. The Governance Review spanned the last fiscal year, involved three subcommittees of the BOT and was discussed by the full BOT at each of its meetings throughout the past fiscal year. While much of our current governance was validated, the improvements are substantive and relate to BOT formation, operating protocols, and stakeholder engagement.

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