The St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Board of Trustees has the ultimate responsibility for the institution. School heads and trustees come and go; only the Board is permanent. The Board is responsible for upholding the integrity of the school, the standing and reputation built by its founders and by those who have labored over the years. The Board holds in trust the school’s future as well as its present; the Board’s collective judgment will affect how St. Stephen’s can serve constituencies to come. Effective trusteeship is both deeply challenging and deeply rewarding.
St. Stephen’s ethos is its mission and its characteristic spirit. This combination is what guides the Board as it plans educationally and financially, makes policies, and assesses the school’s performance. It is also true that the school is always in flux; it cannot rest. It must adapt to the changing world, and the Board should anticipate the changes, using them as opportunities to enhance the school. The working relationship between the Board, especially the Board president, and the head of the school is a partnership of trust and mutual endeavor. Legally, the Board is responsible for the school and selects and evaluates the head as the educational leader and administrator of the school.