Meet the Board

Board Committees

BOARD COMMITTEES / BOARD REPRESENTATION MEMBERSHIP

Facilities

Samba Natarajan (Chair), Zain Fancy, Georgina Bach, Tina King, Aaron Kim, Brian Rogove, Jin Teik Oon

Finance

Roy Diao (Chair), Tina King, Tom Wu, Tanuj Dutt, Nimeesha Takalkar, Jeremy Brest

Governance

Arpana Vidyarthi (Chair), Georgina Bach, Laura Entwistle, Tamera Fillinger, Camille Dawson, Aisha Oravec, Mark Tan

Investment Advisory

Tanuj Dutt (Chair), Tina King, Shiv Puri, Anu Sahai, Garth Bregman, Paul Bernard, Catherine Poyen

Process Review

Brent Smith (Chair), Ashok Lalwani, Yosh Nakahara, Tamera Fillinger

SAS Foundation Board (Singapore)

Ang Peng Huat, Georgina Bach, Dr. Chan Wing Kwong, Anita Fam, Goh Eck Meng, Maria Luedeke, Chrissy Luo, Brian O'Connor, Victor Rameker, Astrid Salim, Alana Triscott, Claric Chia-Woodworth

PTA Liaison

Tina King, Georgina Bach

The Singapore American School Board is a policy and governance board. The Board has three primary responsibilities:

  1. Ensure that the School’s policies support the achievement of the School’s purpose, mission and vision. The Board delegates the implementation of these policies to the Superintendent, who is responsible for the administrative operations of the school.
  2. Conduct long range planning for the continued improvement and financial health of the School. This includes annual establishment of School-wide goals and ongoing review of progress toward those goals as well as an increasing role in fundraising.
  3. Hire the School’s Superintendent, provide ongoing support, and supervise his/her performance.

The Singapore American School Board is made up of 12 elected volunteers who serve three-year terms and serve on the Board, Board standing or ad-hoc committees or task forces and/or serve as appointees to boards and organizations that further the interests of the school. Board members must be members of Singapore American School but may not be an employee or the spouse of an employee of the school.

STANDING COMMITTEES

The Board operates through the following standing committees:

Facilities and Finance Committee
The Facilities and Finance Committee is responsible for final review and approval of the budget before it goes to the board for a vote on adoption; final monitoring of all school expenditures on behalf of the board; and working with the superintendent on joint strategic direction and oversight of school facilities and finance. This includes the monitoring and oversight of institutional fiscal safeguards and financial and facility planning for the future. The committee is also responsible, at policy and planning levels, for approval of recommended construction projects, maintenance of the school plant and security, subject to the approval of the board.

Investment Advisory Committee
The Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) is a subcommittee of the Facilities and Finance Committee. The IAC monitors the school’s investments, reserves, and endowments and ensures that they are managed in accordance with relevant board policies and strategic objectives.

Governance Committee
The Governance Committee is responsible for the overarching governance of the school through board policy development and revision, board member recruitment, and assessment of both board and superintendent performance.

The committee annually considers board composition, conducts a gap analysis, and recruits members with needed skills and experience to serve on the board. The board values prior experience on school boards or SAS committees among other relevant experience and annually nominates a slate of recommended candidates to the membership. The committee reviews board policy to ensure that the policy provides appropriate parameters for the superintendent to execute the strategic direction of the school. The committee also assists the board in the superintendent performance assessment and the annual review of board effectiveness.

Process Review Committee
The Process Review Committee reviews regular audits of school operations on a rolling basis.

Executive Compensation Committee
The Executive Compensation Committee meets on an ad hoc basis to advise the superintendent on confidential personnel issues and other confidential business matters on behalf of the board. The Executive Compensation Committee works with the superintendent to review internal compensation systems and establishes and reviews the superintendent’s compensation and benefits.

The board also convenes ad-hoc committees and task forces to support the school. Such committees include the Branding Ad-hoc Committee, the Master Plan Financing Task Force, and the Master Plan Oversight Committee.
 

Board Meetings

BOARD MEETINGS

DATE

LOCATION

TIME

Board Retreat August 18–19, 2018 Off-site Full day
Board Meeting September 17, 2018 TBD 6:00 p.m.
Board Meeting October 29, 2018 TBD 5:30 p.m.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)* October 29, 2018 TBD 7:30 p.m.
Board Meeting November 19, 2018 TBD 6:00 p.m.
Board Meeting January 28, 2019 TBD 5:30 p.m.
Budget Presentation* January 28, 2019 TBD 7:30 p.m.
Board Meeting March 11, 2019 TBD 6:00 p.m.
Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)* April 22, 2019 TBD 6:00 p.m.
Board Meeting April 29, 2018 TBD 6:00 p.m.

*AGM, Budget Presentation, and Election EGM are public meetings to which all are encouraged and invited to attend.

Summary minutes will be posted for all board meetings. Committee chairs will report committee activity at each board meeting and when minutes are kept, will be included with the board minutes document.

Budget Information

The SAS Board of Governors, in fulfilling its fiduciary responsibilities, views the development and approval of the annual budget as one of its most important duties. The budget process begins early in the school year and culminates in late February in an open meeting at which the administration presents its proposed budget and schedule of fees. The board then considers community input before a final review and adoption of the budget in early March.

Note: If you would like more detail about the budget information, click on the people icon found at the top-right section of the SAS webpage. Choose your role in order to log in. This portal is only available to the SAS community.

Volunteer

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE BOARD?

Each elected board member serves a three-year term. In the event that a board member cannot complete a three-year term, a member of the school is appointed by the board to fill the vacant seat for the remainder of the term, following which the seat is open for election. The board seeks to recruit and appoint members who

  • are committed to the mission, vision, and strategic objectives of SAS,
  • have participated on board committees or task forces or in other school roles,
  • whose strategic expertise, resources, and perspectives will ensure an effective and diverse board and have participated in the annual giving program.

Members interested in serving on the board may do so in one of two ways:

  • The first and most common way to join the board is by being asked to fill a vacated seat (typically due to a relocation from Singapore). Members may register their interest in serving on the board by sending an email and CV to Ann Tan, board secretary, at ann@sas.edu.sg. Interested members with needed skills and experience then are invited to a series of “get to know you (and us)” discussions and to the annual spring Board Information Session. These members are often asked to serve on a board committee or task force when skills and needs align. When a board seat is vacated, the board makes this interim appointment based on a skills gap analysis from the list of interested members it has met. Anyone appointed to fill a vacancy must then run for re-election when the term to which he or she has been appointed expires. Prior to the election, the board puts forward a board-endorsed slate of candidates that primarily includes those who have served on board committees or task forces or who have served on the board as interim members in a previously vacated seat.
  • The second way to join the board is to run for election. Any member of the school who wishes to stand for election to the board must file with Ann Tan a written statement of his or her intention to stand for election, supported by the signatures of 30 school members, at least 30 days before the election. The member must go through a conflict check process and a background clearance, as does any member on the board-endorsed slate. The election is held at the EGM meeting in May. If the number of candidates does not exceed the number of board seats, no election is held.

Ann Tan, can be reached by telephone at +65 6360 6315 or by email at ann@sas.edu.sg. She will be pleased to answer any questions about the temporary appointment or election process.

Please note the following:

  • You must be a member of the school to be a board member or to vote for candidates standing for election to the board. If you have not yet joined the school, or if you are unsure if you are already a member, please contact Ann Tan at ann@sas.edu.sg.
  • The Memorandum and Articles of Association of SAS provide that employees of the school and their spouses are not eligible to serve on the board.
  • All members interested in serving on the board must undergo a background check and be free of conflicts of interest with the School or its interests.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE INVESTMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE?

The Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) assists the superintendent and the Finance Committee of the board in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities pertaining to the management and investment of the funds of the school.

Candidates must be a member of SAS and have a minimum of ten years of professional experience in the financial services industry or equivalent, with at least five years direct experience in investment management, wealth management, and/or private banking industries. If you are interested, please contact Ann Tan at ann@sas.edu.sg for further information.

School Membership

Are you a member of the Singapore American School Limited?

The Singapore American School Limited is the legal entity under which the Singapore American School (SAS) operates. Members participate in the governance of SAS by voting at Annual General Meetings, Extraordinary General Meetings and by voting for candidates standing for election to the board. Application for parent membership to the school has been a part of the standard application for admission since 2001. All parents, legal guardians, staff and faculty are members. There is no fee for membership. If you are unsure of whether or not you are a member, please call board secretary, Ann Tan, at +65 6360 6315 or email ann@sas.edu.sg for assistance.

School Board

Singapore American School Limited ("School"), established pursuant to the Singapore Companies Act, is the legal entity under which the Singapore American School ("SAS") operates. Members of the school participate in the governance of the school by electing 12 members to the board, which is responsible for the strategic oversight of SAS. Members may also be appointed to board committees and taskforces to broaden the expertise of those committees. The procedures of governance and the powers delegated to the board may be found in the following documents, by clicking on the links below.

Policy Statements

View | Table of Contents
View | Preface and Preamble
View | Section 100 Governance
View | Section 200 Instructional Program
View | Section 300 Students
View | Section 400 Personnel
View | Section 500 Fiscal Management
View | Section 600 Community Relations and Communications
View | Section 700 Facility Maintenance and Operations

Contact the Board

The Board values the input it receives from the SAS community, and extends an invitation to members of the community to comment on any matters of interest or concern.

Please use the form below to provide us with any specific comments or feedback. Your message will be automatically forwarded to the Board Chair, and you can expect a reply in a timely manner from either a member of the Board or, when appropriate, a member of the administration at the direction of the Board.

Should you wish to contact an individual Board member, please consult the school directory. Alternatively, you may contact Heather Ungerman, the Board secretary, by email at hungerman@sas.edu.sg or +65 6360 6315 for assistance.

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