Month: June 2016

Board Meeting Summary Report

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 School Year 2015-2016

The Forth Board Meeting of XIS SY2015-2016 was called to order at 9:00 a.m. on May 17, 2016. At the meeting, the Board Minutes of March 2016 was approved. The two Principals debriefed the Board on the major education/academic results of SY 2015-2016 for each division respectfully. After their reports, the Board commended the two Principals’ efforts in not only focusing on PD for faculty but also training for parents. The Board understands that PD for teachers will help enhance the instructional qualities as well as increasing effective communication between the school and the parents, so that parents know what is being taught and how/why. Parents are then more effectively involved in their child(ren)’s learning process. The ES Principal thanked the Board for the support to set up an additional reading specialist position. The graph report by the SS Principal showed that our students’ reading skills grew upward in grade levels. The Board commended the two Principals’ efforts in this regard. They would also like to see the school administration/faculty/staff continue to make efforts to meet the educational needs of the expatriate families who have investment or are working in Xiamen with child(ren). The agenda of how to retain qualified teachers to stabilize our teaching personnel was also under a thorough discussion.

The Board listened to the Headmaster’s report on the final SY2016-2017 school calendar where more detailed activities were listed. This helps all members of our school community to plan in advance. The Parent Board Member, Ms. Madeleine Birkholm, commended the teachers as students got along well with these meaningful APs. The Headmaster responded that under the Board’s support, the AP programs have been smoother in a school climate where a “culture of giving” has also been advocated and abundant school events were provided. The Board listened to the Headmaster’s report on the returning student survey for next school year. The Board of Directors held a discussion on the on-going focus and concern regarding our current limited vacancy in ES. This has already existed for some years now and solutions were again discussed in the meeting. Also reported was the budget projection of SY 2016-2017. The Headmaster reported that the budget was made through a reasoned, reasonable and careful study. The SY 2016-2017 Budget Projection was approved by the Board.

Mr. Wei, the General Secretary of the Board reported to the Board on the new parent board member election result. He stated that the election was conducted under the guidelines of the New Parent Board Member Election Procedure approved by the Board on March 24, 2015. The result was approved by all the Board members. Meanwhile the Board of Directors expressed their gratitude to the departing Parent Board Member, Mr. Meng. They thanked him sincerely for his great work during his tenure as a parent board member.

The next Board Meeting is tentatively scheduled at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. The tentative agenda items are as follows:

1. Minutes approval for previous Board meeting

2. Introducing the new parent board member

3. Principals’ report on major education/academic goals in SY 2016-2017

4. Head’s Report

1) School opening status and enrollment projections

2) Headmaster’s major working goals for this school year

3) Brief introduction on the newly hired faculty

5. Final budget report for SY 2015-2016

At 11:40am, Dr. Hu announced that the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Office of Board of Directors of XIS