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Board FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about the CSB Board of Trustees

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the composition of the Board?

    The Board is composed of a maximum of 30 individuals. We strive to include current CSB parents, alumni, former faculty/administration, parents of alumni, members of the Grace Cathedral Board and members of the broader community. Our goal is to have a Board that reflects our community in all its diversity: professional background, socio-economic, culture, national origin, faith tradition, gender, ethnicity, race, age, sexual orientation and education.

    We have three Lifetime Trustees, our founding Headmaster and two founders of CSB, who have distinguished themselves for their commitment to the School over decades and helped to ensure historical continuity.
    The President of the CSB Parents Association also serves on the Board of Trustees. This enables the President to be informed and to provide input on Board decisions and long-range strategic plans, and to participate on Board sub-committees.

    The list of current CSB Trustees can be found here, as well as on the inside back cover of the annual Handbook for Students and Families.
  • How long is a Board term?

    Two consecutive three-year terms.
  • How are Trustees chosen?

    Potential trustees are nominated by current trustees, current parents, friends of the school, the community at large, self nominations, etc. We look at areas of expertise and talents that match the needs of the School's strategic plan, as well as the necessary expertise for the day-to-day work of the Board, while still reflecting the School's diverse constituencies.
  • How often does the Board meet?

    Regular meetings are held once a month. There is an annual meeting in May to review the year and start planning for the following year.
  • What are the sub-committees of the Board?

    • Boys Study: addresses issues relevant to the education of boys in general and boys at the School in particular.
    • Building and Grounds: assesses physical facilities and provides oversight of specific building projects.
    • Committee on Trustees: selects candidates for openings on the Board; nominates trustees to serve as officers; oversees professional development, the Head of School and Board of Trustees evaluation processes; and provides orientation for new trustees.
    • Development Committee: works closely with CSB's Development staff to oversee, plan and coordinate all school communication and fundraising efforts.
    • Finance Committee: develops and monitors the implementation of the long-range financial plan; oversees the development of the annual budget; reports on the overall management and supervision of the financial affairs of the school; and oversees the management of funds, the annual audit process and matters of risk management, including appropriate amounts and scope of insurance coverage. Also monitors the school's legal and ethical compliance in its financial practices.
    • Major Gifts Committee: works closely with Development staff to plan, coordinate and execute the Major Gifts Program, both in its own regard and in its relationship to specific major fundraising campaigns, including planned giving.
  • What is the role of CSB's Board of Trustees?

    The Board is responsible for determining and upholding the Mission of the School, ensuring the long-term financial health and stability of the School (managing the endowment, setting capital campaign priorities, supporting the Annual Fund, etc.), appointing and supporting the Head of School, and setting and implementing the School's long-term strategic plans.

    Board members do not operate in the day-to-day realm of the School's business, but rather serve as volunteer stewards of the institution, and ensure that the School remains true to its mission across generations.

Cathedral School for Boys

1275 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone 415.771.6600
Fax 415.771.2547
Located in San Francisco, CA, Cathedral School for Boys is an independent elementary school for boys in grades K-8. Our mission is to provide an excellent education through intellectual inquiry and rigor that is centered in the Episcopal tradition and is respectful of and welcoming to people of all religious traditions and beliefs.