The Board of Directors is the elected governing body of Yinghua Academy. The primary responsibilities of the Board are to develop the vision and mission of the school; to select, support and evaluate a chief executive; to ensure effective planning; to set policy that will ensure the school’s ongoing viability; and to oversee the monthly and long-term financial management of the school.
The Board of Directors consists of up to thirteen members who are elected by the parents and staff of the school. The Board consists of accomplished people who represent one or more of the following constituencies: licensed Yinghua teacher; Yinghua parent; community member. Yinghua’s bylaws require that it have at least one person from each of these three groups on the Board at all times. See Board Member bios here.
All board members must chair or serve on at least one committee. In accordance with school bylaws, committees do not have decision-making authority. Rather, these active working groups conduct research and make recommendations to the School Board at Regular Meetings of the Board. Committee chairs are encouraged to recruit members from the Yinghua parent and teacher community and from time to time may also recruit from outside the Yinghua community if special skills or expertise are needed. Committee meetings are open to the public in accordance with the Minnesota Open Meeting Law and as outlined in the Yinghua Academy bylaws. Click here for list and descriptions of current committees.
The Board of Directors meets approximately every 4 weeks, at 6 PM, in the school library unless otherwise posted. Meetings are open to the public, and a public comment period is offered at each Regular Meeting of the School Board. Those who wish to make a comment must sign up at the beginning of each meeting. Regular Meetings of the School Board are listed on the school’s master calendar. In the event of a Special Meeting, 72 hour notice will be posted on the door of the school (required by law) and on the website as a courtesy. There is typically no public comment period at a Special Meeting.
Click the link for the latest Board Agenda and most recently approved meeting Minutes: Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas. Minutes are posted as soon as they have been approved by the Board, and this typically happens at the next meeting.
Parents, staff, and community members are encouraged to run for seats on the Board of Directors. Each member is elected to a 3 year term, and as such, only a few seats are up for election each year. This provides stability and continuity for the Board. Elections are held annually in late May or June. A call for candidates is sent home at least 60 days prior. Candidates are announced at least 30 days prior.
See the current bylaws-approved-april-2016
Board Copy List
All board member correspondence is public. As a courtesy, the board also maintains a “board copy list” which is copied on any substantive emails between a quorum of board members, i.e., special board meeting notices, agenda and board pre-reading packs for regular board meetings, and any other board-wide correspondence. If you want to be copied on this list, please enter your email address here. Please note: You must renew your interest every August when requested to do so, otherwise your name will be removed from the list.