Immediate Past President:
Home and School President:
Board of Trustees:
Judith Obadia Benhamou
Head of School:
Assistant Head of School:
Assistant Head of School:
Head of School Emeritus:
Standing Committees Of The Board Of Trustees
President for 2018-2019: Hélène Bussières firstname.lastname@example.org
- Assists the President in setting and managing the annual and monthly agendas for meetings of the Board of Trustees in accordance with the strategic priorities of the school.
- Meets approximately 10 times per year.
- Limited to the President, the 1st Vice-President, the 2nd Vice-President and the Treasurer.
Finance & Audit
Chair for 2018-2019: Harold Scharf
Acts in cooperation with the Head of School to oversee the operational finances of the school. Reports on the overall management and supervision of the financial affairs of SSA. Prepares the annual budget and reviews budget updates, oversees all investments of the school, reviews and advises Board to approve financial statements and interacts with auditors. Background in accounting, finance, or business is an asset. Meets approximately 6 times per year.
Chair for 2018-2019: Pamela Feifer
Oversees, reports on and makes recommendations concerning the long term operation and maintenance of the school’s facilities and grounds and major capital expenditures. Background in real estate management, construction, architecture, or engineering is an asset. Number of meetings varies depending on the construction project in place.
Development (Foundation Committee)
Chair for 2018-2019: Matthew Cutler
Specializes in areas of strategic fundraising and cultivation of relationships with future donors and planned giving. This committee works closely with the Assistant Head of School and Head of School in prioritizing and planning all fundraising initiatives including the development of activities with alumni as well as parents and grandparents of alumni. Supports all fundraising events for the allocation of funds to the Solomon Schechter Academy Children’s Foundation. Members should include, but not be limited to those with marketing and fundraising experience. New members may include those with an interest or knowledge in web design, annual giving campaign organization, social media and communications/PR. Meets approximately 8 times per year. This Committee has approximately 5-10 members.
Chairs for 2018-2019: Hélène Bussières & Shari Munk-Manel
To develop and implement HR processes, procedures and documents such as a performance review process, contract templates and HR policies and to assist the Head of School in managing legal and human resources matters. Meets approximately 6-10 times per year.
Committees reporting to the Head of School; Steven Erdelyi
Head of School Advisory
Provides support, advice & recommendations to the Head of School and to his team on matters that are brought before this committee.
Risk & Safety
Reviews policies and procedures of the school. Makes recommendations concerning program and equipment needs to ensure the safety and security of both the children and staff.
Parent Advisory Committee
The Amiel Centre has a Parent Advisory Committee that is comprised of parent members who work in conjunction with the Director of Early Childhood Education to better the experience of the children and the parents in our school. The P.A.C. was established 7 years ago to fulfill the government’s requirements, provide a place for parents to be involved and make the Preschool shine. Must have a child in JPK or PK.
Makes recommendations concerning major hardware and software purchases, SSA website design, email requirements, and system configurations. Meets 4 to 6 times per year.
Provides medical advice to the Board, and Administration on medical issues brought to the committee’s attention. Members should be physicians, nurses, or lawyers. Is under the umbrella of the Risk Management Committee. The committee meets infrequently, as needed.