Governance

2020/21 Board Members

Chair : Jeremy Boulware
Vice Chair: Maggie Jane Lucas
US Embassy Representative: Daniel OC Hamilton
Treasurer : Soumaila Berthe
Secretary: Evan Loomis
Member at large : Bernie Bledsoe
School Director: Jeffrey M. Duckett (non-voting member)

AISN By Laws

  1. Section I: Scope & Purpose of the American International School Association of Niamey. - In accordance with Article XI of the Articles of Association, the American International School Association of Niamey hereby establishes the following By-Laws for regulations of the Association activities.
  2. Section II: Board of Directors - There shall be seven (7) members of the Board. (Amended October 15, 1985) At least five (5) of the six (6) elected members of the board shall be members of the Association; further, at least three (3) of these shall be American citizens. (Amended April 28, 1987) (Amended October 27, 2004)
      1. The Ambassador of the United States or his designee shall serve as the seventh (7th) member of the Board and need not be a member of the Association. This board member will have the same voting privileges as the other board members. (Amended October 15, 1985) (Amended October 27, 2004)
      2. An employee of the school shall not be eligible to become a member of the Board. Spouses may serve on the Board. However, ASN staff spouses serving on the Board may not participate (discuss or vote) on issues that directly affect the staff member. Potential conflicts of interest may be identified by the Board Member concerned, by the Board President, or by a majority of Board members present. (Amended March 10, 1999) (Amended November 11, 1999).
      3. No salary or other compensation shall be paid for servers on the Board.
      4. Faculty members who are not parents or guardians of children attending the American International School of Niamey may be members of the Association, however they may not hold an elected office. (Amended April 2003)
  3. Section III: Term of Office - At the Board election the nominees receiving the highest number of votes shall serve for two (2) years. (Amended October 15, 1985) (Amended October 23, 2003)
  4. Section IV: Nominations
    1. Candidates may be nominated by parents or guardians of students at the School or volunteer themselves as candidates.
    2. Nominees shall be parents or guardians of students or other community members interested in serving the American International School of Niamey. (Amended April 2003).
    3. No more than one community member may be nominated. (Amended April 2003)
    4. All nominations, to be valid shall be supported by a signed statement from the candidate that he/she is willing to stand for election.
  5. Section V: Election of Board Members
    1. Election of three (3) Board members shall take place at the Annual General Meeting of the Association in October. Election of the remaining three (3) elected Board members shall be at the General Meeting in April. Voting shall be by secret ballot. (Amended October 15, 1985)
    2. The election shall be under the direction of the President.
    3. Each Association member, present at the meeting, shall cast one ballot indicating a selection of candidates equal to the number of vacancies to be filled.
    4. Candidates receiving the largest number of votes shall be deemed elected. In case of a tie vote, a runoff election shall be held at the same meeting.
  6. Section VI: Vacancies
    1. Vacancies occurring on the Board during a year will be filled by the Board and the person selected shall fill the vacancy for the unexpired term of the Member leaving the Board.
  7. Section VII: Removal
    1. The members of the Association may remove a member of the Board with a two thirds (2/3rds) vote of Association members present at the Annual Meeting or at another meeting called for in writing.
  8. Section VIII: Powers and Duties of the Board
    1. The Board shall exercise full control and direction of the business and affairs of the Association and of the School.
    2. Individual Board members have no authority to act except in meetings of the assembled Board, or by designation by the Board.
    3. The Board shall elect from its own members the following officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. All officers shall hold office for one term or until their successors shall be elected. All officers shall be eligible for re-election, not to exceed two consecutive terms. (Amended October 15, 1985)
    4. The Board shall make such regulations as it considers necessary and shall provide the Association members with written copies of these regulations.
    5. The Board shall hold meetings as it deems necessary.
  9. Section IX: Duties of the Officers
    1. The President: It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Association and of the Board; to appoint any committees of the Association and to have the Secretary call all meetings of the members and of the Board in accordance with By-Laws.
    2. The Secretary: It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep minutes of all proceedings of the Board and all meetings of Association members; to conduct the correspondence of the Association.
    3. The Treasurer: It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to work with the Board and the Joint Administrative Office (JAO) on the annual budget for the American International School of Niamey; to assure the maintenance of school financial accounts and records; to prepare regular financial reports as required; and to oversee such accounting assistance as may be required.
    4. The Vice-President: It shall be the duty of the Vice-President to perform the duties of the President whenever the latter shall be absent or incapacitated, and the acts so performed shall be as valid and finding upon the Association as if performed by the President in person. (Amended October 15, 1985)
  10. Section X: Duties of the Board
    1. The Board shall set the policies governing 1) the operation of the Board 2) the operation of the school; 3) staff personnel, and 4) student personnel.
  11. Section XI: Amendment of the By-Laws
    1. These By-Laws may be amended only upon a two thirds (2/3rds) vote of the Association members present at any meeting provided that no change shall be made in the By-Laws which may be in conflict with the Articles of the Association.
    2. The text of any proposed amendment shall be furnished to the Board and the membership two (2) weeks prior to the meeting at which it is to be considered. (Amended April 28, 1987)

OUR GOALS

  • Provide students with a safe and caring environment.
  • Continually pursue academic excellence within a curriculum that meets the current academic, cultural, technological, and social needs of our diverse student body.
  • Develop responsible individuals who possess the ability to think clearly, logically and independently as participating members of a self-governing society.
  • Provide a program of student activities designed to foster social interaction in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation.
  • Enhance understanding of global issues, human diversity and world cultures.
  • Recruit highly qualified, motivated and sensitive staff members with training and experience appropriate to their primary assignments and provide opportunities and support for professional development.
  • Accommodate the varying needs of individuals so that all students, within practical limits, achieve growth consistent with their capabilities.
  • Accept students if they will benefit substantially from the education offered within the physical, financial, and human resource limits of the school.
  • Foster parent awareness and involvement in the school community.
  • Be a responsible member of the NigĂ©rien community.
  • Maintain a self-sufficient financial position and contingency resources against unforeseen circumstances.