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Board of Trustees FAQ

Board of Trustees FAQ

1. What does the Board of Trustees do?
Wornick Jewish Day School is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees. The responsibilities of the Board include strategic planning, financial oversight and ensuring that the mission of the school is carried out. Being a board member is a serious time commitment. Board members serve as volunteers and are expected to attend meetings, maintain strict confidentiality, participate in the School’s fundraising efforts, and work collaboratively for the best interest of the school.

2. What does the Board of Trustees NOT do?
The board of trustees are not involved in the following:

  • Hiring decisions (teachers, staff and admin) or staffing matters, other than the hiring and evaluation of the Head of School (HOS)
  • Curriculum and academics
  • Student programming
  • Other operational matters
  • Admissions decisions
  • Tuition assistance decisions

3. Board Meetings
The board meets monthly to hear committee reports and discuss strategic matters. The board is set up to do most work in committees. Committees are comprised of trustees and some community members.

We have the following committees:

  • Governance - guides growth and development of the Board
  • Development - fundraising
  • Strategic Planning - works with the HOS on developing a long-term high level plan/direction for the school.
  • HOS Support and Evaluation- supports the HOS by helping set up yearly goals, offers advice and support. Completes annual HOS evaluation.
  • Finance - works with the HOS and CFO to develop a budget and ensure it is maintained.

4. How many people are on the Board of Trustees?
We currently have 15 trustees that are a mix of community members and parents.

5. How are trustees selected?
The governance committee is responsible for identifying potential candidates. The committee identifies potential members whose skill set matches the needs of the board at the time. This may include financial, legal, or educational expertise. The committee also considers philanthropic giving, community involvement, alumni connections, current parents and grandparents who have been very involved in the school when evaluating potential Board members. The committee nominates a slate of potential members to the board in late spring and new trustees are typically announced in June.

6. How long is a term?
Trustees are elected to two year terms (with a max of 6 years) at our annual meeting in June.

Mission Statement

Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School develops students who are socially and academically prepared to meet their full potential as engaged leaders committed to a life steeped in Jewish ethics and values.

About Wornick

Average Enrollment: 210
Grades: TK-8
Average Class Size in Elementary School: 14
Average Class Size in Middle School: 18-20
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)