The Role of the CSCS Board of Directors

During the 1999/2000 school year, the CSCS Board of Directors began the transition to a new method of board leadership called Policy Governance. Policy Governance is a conceptual model created by John Carver that enables the board, on behalf of the ownership, to see that the organization achieves what it should and avoids what is unacceptable. The board defines and communicates what is to be achieved and what is to be avoided by producing written values and perspectives that are called policies. These policies are designed for the job of governing, not for the job of managing the school.

One category of policies is called EXECUTIVE LIMITATIONS. These policies inform the Superintendent of the various actions, activities, circumstances, decisions, conduct and methods that are unacceptable to the Board. Some of the limitations are phrased in the positive (“shall not fail to…”) and some of them are phrased in the negative (“shall not…”). By defining what is not acceptable, they in effect delineate the boundaries of acceptable organizational behavior. These are the “means” that the administration and staff, under the leadership of the Superintendent, is instructed to avoid.

A second category of polices are called ENDS. ENDS policies prescribe what benefits will occur, for which people, and at what cost. ENDS policies define what we expect to see in the lives of the CSCS students as a result of their time here. ENDS are not about what an organization will do, but what will be the result of its doing. ENDS policies articulate a vision for why CSCS exists-that is, what difference will CSCS ultimately make?

Within the framework of these policies, the Superintendent is empowered by the Board to run the school in order to accomplish the intended results (ENDS), by whatever means they deem best, so long as the administration, faculty and staff stay within the predefined bounds of acceptability (LIMITATIONS). This approach enables the Board to stay out of the internal day-to-day operations of the school. If the Board desires to change an outcome or affect an activity or practice, it does so by adding, deleting or modifying policy.

If you are interested in obtaining a complete copy of the CSCS Board policies, please contact Charlotte Sherman at (719) 268-2141. If you would like to learn more about Policy Governance, you can visit Carver’s website at http://www.carvergovernance.com.

The Nominating Committee is responsible for screening and selecting Board member candidates. The Nominating Committee, with input from all directors, will actively recruit and identify candidates for board service. Meetings with potential candidates will be intended to discern whether they possess the desired characteristics of directors as defined by the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will make the final determination of potential candidates no later than the May board meeting. The candidates shall be requested to attend the May board meeting. At the May meeting, the Nominating Committee Chairperson will formally nominate each qualified candidate for affirmation at the August board meeting. For more information or a copy of the full Board Policy, please contact the Superintendent’s office at (719) 268-2141.

Board Candidate Profile

Board members must have a clear testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. They must be spiritually qualified, committed to the doctrine, philosophy, goals, vision, and mission of the school, and be willing to work hard in their role as a board member. It is essential to the collective spiritual discernment of the board for each member to be spiritually qualified according to biblical standards. The role of the board is not to manage the day-to-day operation of the school, but to assist the administration by establishing the policies to accomplish the school’s mission. (ACSI Standards, Section 5.0)

Personal/Family

  • Time to devote to the task
  • Household in order
  • If married, “equally yoked” with a spouse that is also a believer (II Corinthians 6:14)
  • Spouse in agreement with service on Board

Spiritual

  • A Servant Leader: theologically informed leadership that emphasizes humility over intimidation, listening over pontification, and modeling behavior over commanding it.
  • Born again believer, seasoned in the faith, whose spiritual walk is obvious and healthy.
  • Active in local evangelical church
  • Person of the Word and prayer, with a commitment to doctrinal statement
  • Meets general qualifications for Christian overseers in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 2. (see below)
  • “Temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith…reverent in life, not slanderers or addicted to much wine…in everything, set an example, doing what is good…show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned.”

Christian Education

  • Has demonstrated support of CSCS for a minimum of one year
  • Demonstrated passion for Christ-centered education
  • Ability to articulate reasons for supporting CSCS

Professional

  • Well respected in the community
  • Maintains a wide network of friends and contacts

Leadership/Competencies

  • Highest integrity
  • Person of moral courage – willing to make the right choices, even though difficult or unpopular, and willing always to base decisions on scriptural principles
  • Conceptual thinkers
  • Visionary – can create alternate futures
  • Can look objectively at all sides of an issue, able to see the big picture
  • Able to articulate ideas and positions
  • Can work within a group
  • Can accept and use authority
  • Can allow others to lead

I Timothy 3:1-13 (NIV)

“Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.”

If you would like to bring a matter before the Board, here are the guidelines:

Section 4.3.2.3 The chairperson will determine the agenda for any particular meeting, although directors are encouraged to recommend any appropriate matters for board consideration.

A. Any director desiring to recommend a matter for board discussion will advise the chairperson of such matter at least thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled board meeting. This includes any changes to existing policy or recommendation for new policy. Recommendations will be submitted in the form of a motion and should include pertinent discussion items. Proposed policy changes will require a second reading at a subsequent board meeting prior to a vote by the board. The second reading requirement can be set aside by a 2/3 vote of the directors in attendance. The chairperson will inform all directors of any denied requests.

B. By an affirmative vote of a majority of the directors in attendance, additional matters may be added to the agenda of any board meeting.

C. Parents desiring to recommend any matter for board consideration will present a written request to the chairperson with their expectation of the board at least thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled board meeting. All correspondence to the Board of Directors should be sent to the Office of the Superintendent. All such correspondence will be delivered, sealed, to the acting Chairperson of the Board. The acting chairperson will inform all directors of any denied requests, and will respond to the parent in a timely manner.

CSCS Board Of Directors Meetings

August 21, 2017: Annual Members Meeting, 5:00 p.m. on Elem Playground
September 25, 2017 – 4:00 p.m. in Bldg A
November 13, 2017 – 4:00 p.m. in Bldg A
January 22, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. in Bldg A
March 12, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. in Bldg A
May 14, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. in Bldg A
August 6, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. in Bldg A

Steve Everson
Paul Henning
Steve Kenney
Paul Nelson
Cynthia Ringling
Michael Smith
Steve Sweatman