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MCS School Board

Serving Mountainview Christian School as

caretakers of its mission and purpose.

 

The MCS School Board desires to see the mission and purpose of Mountainview Christian School carried out in the best and most meaningful way possible for your children, your family, and the greater Christian community in Indonesia. To accomplish this, we work with the School Superintendent to ensure that the mission, purpose, and goals of MCS are being met.  Each member of the board cares deeply for the school—students, staff, and administration—and desires to govern MCS well as it provides quality, Christian education for families throughout Indonesia.  

 

Current Board Members

  • D.J. Searcy - Chairperson
  • Betsy Kirk - Secretary
  • Steven Fairbanks - Treasurer (serves as Vice-Chairperson)
  • Linda Joyner
  • Anita Dudek 
  • Gert Jan de Graaf
  • Mitch Wollner
  • Natalie Kegg 

Please feel free to contact the MCS School Board directly at:

schoolboard@mtview.id

 

The MCS School Board operates under the Carver Model of Policy Governance, which allows the board to set long-term goals and objectives for the school while, at the same time, making sure those goals and objectives are being carried out by the Superintendent for the benefit of families served by the school. The School Board is not normally actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the school.

The School Board also supports Mountainview’s accreditation process, ensuring that MCS meets the high standards of its accrediting bodies, the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). 

 

Complaints and Grievances

MCS parents, students, and staff may follow the grievance process below. Complaints and grievances that are related to teaching and the classroom should be handled in the following manner:

  1. Speak directly to the classroom teacher
  2. If there is no resolution, contact the principal
  3. Issues related to the social and emotional well-being of students can be directed to the counselor
  4. Issues or questions related to fees and payments should be directed to personnel in the finance office.
  5. In cases where a complaint or grievance is not resolved by talking with the teacher, principal, counselor, or finance office, it may be brought to the School Superintendent.
  6. If the issue or question remains unresolved after speaking with the Superintendent, the issue may be brought to a school board member who will inform the board chairman. The chairman will decide whether the issue should be brought before the board for discussion or to leave the final decision with the School Superintendent. 

Steps for Handling a Grievance

  1. Board chairperson sends the grievance letter to all board members.
  2. Board chairperson forms a grievance committee of at least three board members. 
  3. Grievance committee chairperson informs both parties that they are not to communicate to teachers, staff or Mountainview community members about this situation until the board has reached its decision.
  4. Within 48 hours after the grievance has been given to the board, each party will present to the committee chair a written report presenting their case.
  5. Each party, in separate sessions with the committee, will orally present their case.  Each party will be given adequate time.
  6. The grievance committee does the needed research.
  7. If needed, the grievance committee meets again with parties to clarify any information.
  8. The grievance committee, via email, presents its report to the board.
  9. Board chairperson has a ‘Called’ board meeting as soon as possible to discuss the grievance and make a decision. 
  10. Grievance committee gives the decision of the board to each party in person.
  11. A record of the grievance is placed on Google Drive.

 

Principles for Handling a Grievance

  1. Fairness 
    • The grievance committee gives approximately equal time to the parties involved in the grievance to present and clarify their case
    • Each party to the grievance explains their case both orally and (a day or two after the oral explanation) in written form. This helps assure that both parties are heard well and heard accurately.
    • The parties involved in the grievance may not speak individually with grievance committee members or other board members about the grievance
  2. Thoroughness – The grievance committee gets input from all relevant parties until it feels that it has enough input to make an informed report to the board. The board takes sufficient time to make a wise decision. 
  3. Timeliness - Grievances bring stress to the grieving parties and to others not involved in the grievance (teachers, staff, and the larger community). Therefore, the steps above are done in a timely manner.
  4. Protect the larger community – The parties to the grievance are informed that they are not to communicate to teachers, staff or Mountainview community members about this situation until the board has reached its decision.
  5. Care – As much as is possible, the board/grievance committee speaks the truth (as it sees it) in love

Board Policy

ENDS (5 policies)

#1.10 Global Ends/Mission
#1.20 Recipients
#1.30 School Wide Learning Goals
#1.40 Cost
#1.50 Philosophy of Education 

 

EXECUTIVE LIMITATIONS (17 policies)

#2.10 Global Executive Constraint, includes Philosophy of Education Statement
#2.20 Communication and Support to the Board
#2.30 Ethical Interactions with Students/Parents
#2.31 Treatment of Faculty and Staff
#2.40 Contingency Plans, Emergency Succession and/or Temporary Absence
#2.50 Financial Planning and Budgeting
#2.51 Financial Condition and Activities
#2.52 Asset Protection
#2.53 Compensation and Benefits
#2.54 Ends Focus of Grants or Contracts
#2.55 Privacy and Protection of Stakeholder Information
#2.60 Admissions
#2.70 Boarding Program
#2.80 Colateral Cooperation
#2.90 Faculty Supplied by Agencies
#2.91 Faculty and Staff Recruitment, Employment and Termination
#2.92 Faculty Enrichment

 

GOVERNANCE PROCESS (18 policies)

#3.10 Global Governance Commitment
#3.11 Definition of Primary Stakeholders
#3.20 Governing Style
#3.30 Board Job Description
#3.31 Agenda Planning
#3.32 Chairperson’s Role
#3.33 Treasurer’s Role
#3.34 Secretary’s Role
#3.35 Board Composition
#3.36 Board Members’ Code of Conduct
#3.37 Board Committee Principles
#3.40 Cost of Governance
#3.50 Crisis Management Team
#3.60 Board-Yayasan Linkage
#3.61 Board Agency Linkage
#3.70 Employment and Dismissal of Superintendent
#3.71 Superintendent Memo of Understanding, Assignment Description, Compensation and Benefits Agreement, and Statement of Faith
#3.72 Superintendent Evaluation

 

BOARD - SUPERINTENDENT LINKAGE (5 policies)

#4.10 Global Board-Superintendent Linkage
#4.20 Unity of Control
#4.30 Accountability of Superintendent
#4.40 Delegation to the Superintendent
#4.50 Monitoring Superintendent Performance