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Lansdowne Friends School is governed by a board of trustees called the School Committee.  The School Committee, appointed by Lansdowne Friends Meeting, consists of up to fifteen members who are of members of Lansdowne Meeting and other Meetings, current and past parents, community members and alumni.  

The School Committee members for the 2017-2018 school year are Judy Asselin, Kyle Bittinger, Joan Broadfield, Latesha Colbert-Mack, Merryl Gladstone, Anja Hilliard, Norman Janes, Emma Lapsansky-Werner, Carol Martsolf, Erik Muther, Karyn Payton, Jerry Sena, Abbi Smith, Marty Von Rosenstiel, and Jane Waltman.  The officers are Abbi Smith, Clerk, Erik Muther, Treasurer, and Emma Lapsansky-Werner, Recording Clerk.  There are five subcommitees:  Advancement, Trustees, Finance, Personnel and Property. 

The School Committee of LFS, like that of any Friends School, is the guardian of the school's mission.  It is the principal fiduciary of the school. It has the primary responsibility for strategic planning and for hiring and nurturing the Head of School.  It assumes overall responsibility for the health and vitality of the school while delegating to the Head responsibility for operations and the implementation of policy. 

Principles of Good Practice, Friends Council on Education. A perspective on the responsibility of individual members (trustees) of independent school boards (School Committees):

  • A trustee actively supports and promotes the school's mission,  is knowledgeable about the school's missions and goals as well as current operations and issues.
  • The board sets policy; the administration implements policy.  An individual trustee does not become involved in specific management, personnel, or curricular issues.
  • A trustee accepts and supports board decisions and respects board confidentiality.
  • A trustee guards against conflict of interest, whether business-related or personal.  The trustee takes care to separate the interests of the school from the specific needs of a particular child or constituency.
  • A trustee has the responsibility to support the school and its head and to demonstrate that support within the community.
  • Authority is vested in the board as a whole.  A trustee who learns of an issue has the obligation to bring it to the Head of School, or to the Board chair, and must not deal with the situation individually.
  • A trustee contributes to the development program of the school, including financial support and active involvement in annual and capital giving.
  • Each trustee, as well as the treasurer and finance committee, has ficuciary responsiblity to the school for sound financial management.

Principles of Good Practice for Member Schools,

National Assocation of Independent Schools