It’s inevitable that you’ll be called into meetings with unhappy parents or guardians from time to time. Since parents pay tuition for their child to attend your school, some can feel that they can make demands on teachers, administrators, and the curriculum itself. If they don’t feel they’re getting their way, they may call for a meeting with you.
Whether you’re new to private-independent schools or are taking on a position in the Development Office for the first time, it can be difficult to know where to start. Your job is to "sell" your school to people who have the means to support it.
To do this effectively, you must know your school inside and out, including its mission, its people, and how it transforms the lives of its graduates. You must be able to speak with conviction about your school. Your deep knowledge and passion speaks volumes to potential donors.
Open houses show your school in action. Prospective families can see your campus, ask questions, and assess why your school might be a good fit for their children.
Open houses are also a great way to give families information about your school that makes the most sense for them. Examples include if a child is particularly interested in a specific sports team or if they require assistance or support in a specific area.
The Board President is the person responsible for conducting Board meetings. Often, however, the President is torn between the desire to express personal views on an issue and the need to generate and moderate discussion in an unbiased manner.