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The ISH School Board is usually referred to as “The ISH Board of Governors”.

The school operates within conditions set by the Finnish Ministry of Education and is established as a non-profit association, “The Parents’ Association of the International School of Helsinki”.

The Parents’ Association elects members for the school board, “The ISH Board of Governors”. The board consists of 7-9 members, primarily parents. The Board strives for gender balance and diversity of cultural background, skills and experience. All members are volunteers.

Current Board members:

  • Rainer Puittinen - Chairperson
  • Elvira Ziyatdinova-Markusson - Vice Chairperson
  • Björn Ordell - Treasurer
  • Karolina Walkowiak-Kiselka - Secretary
  • Hannu Aronsson
  • Roeland Baan
  • Antti Erävaara
  • Manish Gupta
  • Dina Harrison

The Board represents the Parents’ Association and board activities are concentrated on establishing and supporting the school’s vision and strategic direction.

Day-to-day administration of the school is not a board responsibility but is delegated to the Head of School and the leadership team.

Board responsibilities include:

Strategic Planning

The board is responsible for establishing, evaluating and reviewing the mission and strategic direction of ISH.

The ISH five-year strategic plan is created in a strong partnership with the school community. The latest strategic plan is from 2014 and the implementation is continuing.

Finance

The board is responsible for the financial stability of the school. The Finance Committee and the leadership team assist the board in this task.

School Policies

The board is responsible for the formulation and approval of school polices that set direction and guidance for operations at ISH. The Policy Committee and the leadership team assist the board in this task. For information about school policies please click here.

Personnel (Head of School)

An essential role for the board is to appoint, evaluate and provide support to the Head of School.

All other personnel matters are delegated to the Head of School and the leadership team.

Board Meetings

The board meets monthly. In addition the board sets up standing and ad-hoc committees to assist the board on key areas of the strategic plan. Work on committees can include members of staff, parents and students when relevant.

The school community is welcome and encouraged to attend the board meetings that are announced through the newsletter and on the school calendar.

Next board meeting:

Monday 14 August 2017 at 18.00

New ISH Board Members

The following candidates were elected to the ISH Board of Governors at the ASGM on Wednesday 3 May 2017:

  • Hannu Aronsson
  • Roeland Baan
  • Antti Erävaara
  • Dina Harrison

Congratulations to all new Board members and thank you to the community for active participation at the ASGM 2017.

Sincerely,

The Ad hoc Election Committee

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