Board News: Welcome to a new school year!



Greetings from the ISD Board of Trustees.


On behalf of all the Trustees, we hope that the new school year has been off to a good start for everyone. The Board officially kicked off its order of business for this school year during the first Board meeting which was held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The main highlights were (noted in bold):


The finalization and adoption of the Board's Goals for the year are as follows:

  • Goal 1: Ensure that existing ISD facilities meet the needs of our current and future programs

  • Goal 2: Identify and make recommendations for a 1–5-year growth and development plan to address increasing enrollment demands

  • Goal 3: Develop and adopt a framework to define and provide oversight on key indicators of success

  • Goal 4: Ensure a successful Director Transition


The approval of the Director's Goals and tasks consist of the following key priorities:


  • Goal 1: Work with incoming Director and Board Chairperson, to create and facilitate Director transition process.

  • Goal 2: Support the Board in the implementation of its plans for this year to continue to develop the current campus as well as explore future education and campus options

  • Goal 3: In collaboration with Learning Support teachers, improve teachers’ instructional methods to support ELL students and students with learning differences or disabilities.

  • Goal 4: In collaboration with the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, the D&I Committee, and the D&I Team, take concrete actions to allow for all community members to be heard, respected, and valued.

  • Goal 5: Working with Health and Safety Team, provide on-campus classes for students for as long as possible while minimizing the risk of transmission of the virus to the ISD Community

  • Goal 6: Provide support for the school’s key strategic priorities which include Learning, the Social and Emotional well-being of students and staff, Diversity & Inclusion as well as Health and Personal Safety


The approval of the updated ISD Board Governance Agreement.


The approval of the committee Terms of Reference for the Finance, Policy, Governance & Development, Building & Grounds and Diversity committees followed by further discussion on the structure and objectives of the Growth Committee.


The approval of funding for the purchase of air purifiers for every room on campus.


The Board also discussed, as a first reading, a revision to the previously approved Capital budget due to delays in some of the projects. The meeting finished with general discussions on a few arising matters.


The next Board meeting will be held in person on Wednesday, October 27, at 5:45 pm.


Please be reminded that Board meetings and participation in the Board Committees are open to the members of the Association which consists of parents and caregivers of ISD students. Do not hesitate to contact us at any time at boardbox@isdakar.org for any questions or additional information.


Kind regards,


Birame SOCK

Chair, ISD Board of Trustees