Tsukuba International Elementary School will be saying goodbye, at least temporarily, to its dedicated treasurer and board member, Jeff Hedenquest, who is going on a year-long sabatical. We hate to see him leave, as he has done an excellent job in overseeing the financial operations of the school and has served in many other ways as well, all on a volunteer basis. His presence will certainly be missed.
We are pleased, however, to welcome Melissa Ishio as the new TIES treasurer. A recent arrival in Tsukuba, Melissa works part-time.at the University of Tsukuba, where her husband, Yoshi, is a researcher in College of International Relations. Melissa has a background in education and has served non-profit organizations in her native United States, and so her background and enthusiasm should certainly prove beneficial to the future of the school.
While certainly not new to Tsukuba, another new face on the TIES Board of Advisors will be Faith Axton, who will be the educational representative. Having been a teacher herself, Faith's experience will be very helpful as the school moves forward with its goals of firming up its operational policies while at the same time acquiring a more stable financial base and a more permament and centrally located facility.
As a part of this process, the Board is in the process of setting up committees to work on a formal set of bylaws to be finalized by June. During the development of the school over the last four years, there has, as a matter of necessity, been a somewhat "ad hoc" nature to certain policies, as the school has striven to meet the needs of the children. While the school will continue to maintain as much flexibility as is reasonably possible, the new bylaws and policy guidelines being worked on at present should clearup the grey areas that have existed in the past.
Another project that is nearing completion is a school prospectus along with a separate publicity brochure. Vivian Nobes-Aoki has been putting in a lot of time preparing these resources, and her valuable services are most appreciated. These resources are due to be ready by the Fall at the latest, but hopefully well before that.
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