ICS Board of Governors 

The International Community School is an Association. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School, and on professional members of the staff. Every year the school has two Association General Meetings (AGMs).

ICS Addis is governed by a nine-member Board of Governors. The US Ambassador appoints one member, and the Board appoints one member. Seven parents are elected for two-year terms by the International Community School Association. Elections for Board members are held each year at an AGM in April. Nominations to the Board are restricted to parent members of the Association; ICS employees or their spouses are not eligible for nomination. The Board’s annual cycle runs from 1 July to 30 June, allowing new board members’ training between the election and the actual start of responsibilities.

Like previous Boards, this year’s members also reflect the school community at large. Board members have children at the school in the different sections, come from several different nationalities and continents, and have a mixture of professional backgrounds. Many Board members have been involved with other international schools before coming to Ethiopia, including being students of international schools.

The Board of Governors operates within a Policy Governance model based on the work of John Carver. The Head of School is the Board’s only employee and must work toward Organizational Ends and within the Executive Limitations that are defined in the Board’s policy manual. The Board tries to focus on the future well-being of the school and its programs, and leaves daily management to the Head of School and his staff. Parents who have concerns are always encouraged to speak to a teacher, a principal or the Head of School before bringing something to the Board.

The Board meets regularly throughout the year. All members of the Association are welcome to attend any open Board meetings as well as the two AGMs. The Board typically has several “invitation only” retreats each year, and closed “executive” sessions that are usually held after their open meetings.

Open Board meetings are announced in the school’s newsletter and are included on the calendar. Open Board meetings are essentially “private meetings, held in public.” Association members have the opportunity to speak or ask questions at the beginning of our open Board meetings. Minutes of the open Board meetings will be available in electronic copy on the intranet accessible only on campus.


ICS Addis 2014-2015 School Year: Board of Governors



Name Position End of Term
Andrew Hurst Chair June 2015
Frank Monticello Vice Chair June 2015
Kornelija Juskaite Secretary June 2015
Anne-Marie Schonemann Member June 2015
John Fogarty Member June 2016
Haakon Gaarder-Larsen Member June 2015
Pamela Zintatu Ntshanga Member June 2015
Katherine Diop US Embassy Rep  


Future Board Meetings for SY2014/15

18 August
6 September (retreat)
13 October
17 November (AGM)
8 December
23 March
13 April
16 April AGM and Election
16 May (Board self-evaluation)
5/6 June: new Board training
8 June: final Board meeting