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What type of board is yours? Is it a sugarless, decaffeinated, low cal board that is harmless and powerless, or is it a board of powerfully committed to bringing forth light to dispel darkness?
J. Barry Koops, PhD, and former Headmaster of Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Massachusetts, tells the story of his father, who at the age of 24, became the principal of the Christian elementary school in which he was teaching. Mr. Ramerman, his predecessor, had died of a heart attack, and the school board asked Bernie Koops—the only male teacher—to step in and head the school, though he had just 2 years’ teaching experience and no training in management.
A vision statement is a vivid idealized description of a desired outcome that inspires, energizes and helps you create a mental picture of your target. It could be a vision of a part of your life, or the outcome of a project or goal. Vision statements are often confused with mission statements, but they serve complementary purposes.
It is essential that schools look for significant ways to avoid failures of the past, which namely boil down to … finances. For years, we have given away money we have not had, forgiven tuition debts, undercharged, under-filled classrooms, over-filled classrooms, offered discounts for anything, and basically under-priced ourselves in hopes of attracting and maintaining enrollment.
Is your school is started but stalled? Going but not growing? After a few years of success, you are not sure what to do next to grow your school. As school leaders and boards consider “what to do now,” take into consideration this series of recommendations: