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Board November Meeting Highlights

November 8, 2017-- Greetings from the ISD Board of Trustees.

We held our monthly meeting on 2 November 2017, with a number of significant decisions being made. Here are some of the highlights:

Theory of Knowledge presentation

The highlight of the meeting was undoubtedly the Theory of Knowledge presentation by grade 12 student Yago Moreno. Theory of Knowledge is a compulsory subject for IB Diploma students, where they are asked to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. All Board members were impressed by Yago’s insightful and well-reasoned presentation, which looked at how we use different types of knowledge to understand, accept or reject art, starting with the example of David Cope and his controversial algorithmic computer music. Thank you Yago and good luck to all the IB students with your Theory of Knowledge presentations!

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

The Board approved a motion to apply for candidacy status for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for grades 6 to 10. ISD already offers the IB Diploma Programme to students in grades 11 and 12, and is a candidate for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for years kindergarten – grade 5. Following a thorough look at the MYP, including how it operates, costs to the school, consequences for families moving between schools, and reputation for the program, the Board is pleased to support the Administration’s proposal to apply for candidacy for MYP this year. This candidacy period gives the school time to make sure all educational and staffing needs are in place. You are welcome to contact Lorne Bird, Secondary Principal, for further information about the MYP.

School Calendar 2018-19

Following feedback from parents during the past year, the Administration has prepared a 2018-19 school calendar proposing a start date one week later than this year (16 August). The task of preparing the calendar involves balancing IB Diploma Program examination dates, holidays observed by our diverse community, and provision of adequate time for professional development of staff. The Board was pleased to approve the dates proposed by the Administration for next school year.

Changes to ISD Policy

The Board adopted four changes to policy, following their second reading at the November Board meeting. These can be viewed here:

  1. Amendment to Policy 5120 – Fiscal Year

  2. New Policy – Crisis Management Plan

  3. Amendment to Policy 5610.7 – Loans to Staff

  4. Amendment to Policy 3013 and 3014 – Tutoring

We also held a first reading of two other policies. The Policy Committee has already considered these policies, and a first reading is the chance for them to be presented to the full Board for the first time:

  1. Amendment to Policy 3032 – Housing Allowance

  2. Amendment to Policy 4000 – Admissions - Class Size

The Board will hold a second reading of these policies at the December meeting. If you would like to provide any feedback on them before 5 December, please send your comments to

Staff compensation

The Board reviewed the increases to staff compensation that are set out in the school’s Five-Year Compensation Plan. We agreed that the reasoning and figures in the plan remain reasonable and approved the compensation plan for staff for 2018-19.

Per student cost

In addition to these decision items, Dr. Knobloch also presented for the Board’s information a breakdown of the costs incurred for students in each section of the school. This has given the Board important financial information about how much it costs to educate a child in each year level. This is the first time that this exercise has been undertaken and we will collect this data over a period of years, to assist us in making informed decisions on fee increases and budget allocations.

Future meetings

There are two more Board meetings scheduled until the end of the calendar year:

Tuesday 21 November 2017: This is a special, single agenda item meeting to review the tenders for the construction of the Performing Arts Centre and Gymnasium.

Tuesday 5 December 2017: The Board’s regular monthly meeting.

Both meetings will be held at 6.00 pm (refreshments from 5.30 pm) in the Administration Building Conference Room. As always, you can contact the Board via our email address:

Kind regards,

Louisa Gibbs

Chair, ISD Board of Trustees

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