How to Vote
The voting for trustees is done electronically. You will receive an email from the online voting platform ElectionBuddy. Don't forget to check your spam folder if you cannot find it.
The email contains an individualized link that will take you to the webpage where you can vote. Your vote is confidential. Through the voting website, we can see if you have voted, but not how you voted.
The election will close at 3 pm GMT on Friday, May 15.
In this year’s election, nine parents are running for one of the four available seats on the ISD Board of Trustees. I'd like to take a few minutes to explain the role of the Board of Trustees, how they are elected, and why you should vote. ISD is a non-profit organization that was founded by an agreement between the United States and Senegalese governments. The Board of Trustees is vested with the legal responsibility for overseeing the school. There are nine trustees who are elected by members of the Association for two-year terms. There are no limits on how many terms a trustee can serve. The Association is comprised of all parents or guardians of ISD students and the ISD teachers. The elections are run annually in April with the results being announced at the Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled for May 15th this year. The Board also has five non-voting members, Director, Principals, teacher representative, and a representative of the U.S. Ambassador. The Trustees are responsible for ensuring the well-being of the school today and in the future. The Board has five main responsibilities:
Setting the future vision of the school.
Hire, evaluate, support, and, if needed, dismiss, the Director of the school; the Director is the only employee of the Board.
Approving the annual budget and tuition fees as well as having long-term plans to ensure the future financial viability of the school.
Establish school policy and ensure the policy is followed by the school administration and employees.
The Board is responsible for issues of great importance to the community, which can include a range of topics including the annual school calendar, construction of facilities, major changes to the school programs and curriculum.
The Board formally meets once a month from September to May and holds a three-day planning meeting in August. The Board has four standing committees: Buildings and Grounds, Finance, Governance and Development, and Policy. These committees discuss their respective issues at length, meeting monthly and bringing topics for discussion and eventual vote at the full board meetings. Why should ISD parents vote for the Board of Trustees? The Trustees make major decisions on behalf of all the parents that affect your children.