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This past year was a productive one for the Board, as we worked on improving our governance practices, focused on fundraising and began long-term planning for the school’s future. It was also a year of transition and I would like to extend my thanks, on behalf of the entire Board, to Areta Williams who served as interim head of school last year. Areta provided a steady hand at the wheel as we navigated through a period of change and she worked closely all year with Jim Hardin our new head of school. Jim joins us from Dubai American Academy.

I would also like to thank Brian Johnson for his dedication and service to the school as outgoing Board Chair and the other members of the Board who stepped down at the end of the school year. With new Board members, new additions to the leadership in addition to our new head of school, we enter a period of change and growth. I am excited to work with the new members of our community as we consolidate the great work done by their predecessors.

One key addition to the school that the Board approved last year was the hiring of Monica Clear as the ASIJ’s first safeguarding coordinator. Monica is a registered nurse and comes to us from Kuala Lumpur where she was a child protection consultant to the UN Refugee Agency. Her hiring is testament to the ongoing work the Board is committed to undertake to ensure we do everything we can to provide a safe and constructive environment for our students.

Each year, the first order of business for the Board of Directors is our Board retreat in September. This is where we set our work for the coming year and reflect on issues that may impact the school. The Board’s role is strategic in nature and the Board provides the necessary oversight and long-term guidance on school affairs, practices and policies. Marc Frankel, who is a senior consultant with Triangle Associates, an international firm specializing in higher, independent and international education, will facilitate the retreat again this year. We intend to focus on the following areas: on-boarding training for new members, the role and behavior of the school board, long-term strategic and facility planning and best practices for school boards.

The Board and I look forward to serving with you in support of ASIJ’s mission of “developing compassionate, inquisitive learners prepared for global responsibility.” We encourage you to share with us your thoughts and ideas and invite you to lend your time and talent to our students in whatever ways you can.

Best wishes for a great school year.

Bob Noddin
Chair, Board of Directors and Board of Trustees


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