Heart Pine School is operated by Heart Pine Waldorf Association, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. A Board of Trustees, comprised of senior faculty and volunteer community members, govern the school.
The primary task of the Board is to keep the school on course with its mission. The Board aims to allow school to be guided foremost by faculty and those familiar with the anthroposophical perspective of a Waldorf school: Education toward freedom.
Trustees experience the fun of good, hard community work, the fulfillment of offering something worthy to the larger community, and (big secret!) the surprise of personal growth in unexpected dimensions. Any parents who feel called to the wonderful work of building a Waldorf school, and feel willing to serve in the capacity of a trustee, please talk to a board member or the school administrator. Also open for participation is the Anthroposophy study group, committees, or any board meeting to listen and observe how the school is governed. Board elections happen every year in the beginning of the calendar year. There is much work to be done. Parent participation, great or small, is highly appreciated. The Board will be composed of not more than 15 members who will serve two year terms, January to December.
Board members agree to uphold the vision and mission of the school, uphold its bylaws, create policy and procedure in keeping with the school's vision, mission and bylaws. Board members agree to carry out tasks assigned by the board, in a manner that upholds individual dignity, respects confidentiality, supports philosophical coherency and fiscal sustainability of the school. Board members agree to consider the existence, philosophy, development and aims of the school before personal interests. Board members will recuse themselves from decisions where conflict of interest is evident.
The Board will be composed of not less than 11 and not more than 15 members who will serve two year terms, January to December.
Selection and Requirements
Volunteers are selected by board appointment until seats are filled.
The president sets a regular meeting schedule, as deemed necessary.
A quorum must be present for the passage of any decisions.
Decisions that do not involve major changes to school structure, functioning, purpose, or activities, and which also do not pertain to pedagogy nor to faculty activities, may be carried out by proxy.
Questions, suggestions, concerns:
Please come to us with your input. We encourage you to be prompt and direct with your concerns, if something seems amiss. For matters concerning your child or the classroom, please first speak with your child's class teacher. If the issue needs further discussion, it can be addressed with either the faculty chair, or the Culture and Philosophy committee. If financial, or related to other school matters, please see the administrative assistant in the office.
Board of Trustees 2017
President – Cynthia Diven
Vice President – Sylvia Paluzzi
Immediate Past President – Sylvia Paluzzi
Human Resources Representative – Vacant
Communications and Outreach – Co-chairs: Alisha Mishell
The committee works closely with administration and admissions to raise Heart Pine's profile in the community and explain what distinguishes Waldorf education. Committee members plan long and short-term communication strategy, create outreach/PR materials, promote the school in existing print and online media, write press releases and contact media regarding school news and events. Members also design, produce web content, bi-annual newsletter (Meadow and Pine) and oversee school website and other social media platforms.
Culture and Philosophy - Sylvia Paluzzi
This committee works to guide school development while adhering to Waldorf principles and philosophy. This committee also strives to support an authentic culture that is inclusive of all families and is reflective of our community. It oversees faculty and administrative support, works to create a strong social fabric, develop ideas for community education and conflict resolution. Within it are the Teacher Search and the Policy and Procedures Sub-Committees.
Teacher Search Committee chair - Vacant; Members: Wanda Hagan, Roxanne Foster, Sylvia Paluzzi, Shravana Ogle, Lynne Clark
Policy and Procedure – Cassandra Capobianco
Events and Festivals – Sylvia Paluzzi
This committee oversees and coordinates tasks for festivals, open houses, and parent events. This committee works with faculty and parents in understanding the deeper meanings of festivals and the pedagogical value festivals bring to the inner development of both children and adults. As well as the community building that occurs with rhythmical festival events. Reserves space and coordinate with Highlands Church.
Facilities – Peter Alcorn
Coordinates and conducts beautification of building and grounds, in coordination with the leaseholder. Additionally, the committee is tasked with identifying and proposing improvement, materials, and costs, as well as coordinating volunteers to complete work projects.
Leadership Team - Cynthia Diven, Sylvia Paluzzi, Tamara Bish, Roxanne Foster
Faculty Chair – Wanda Hagan
Site Search Liaison to tWIG: JoAnne Rice
Volunteer Coordinator, Special Projects - Vacant
Volunteer Coordinator, Cleaning - Vacant