Director’s message 48

ISO Board of Trustees

Academic Excellence, Economic Security and Long Term School Viability.

Members of the Board of Trustees – September 2021

Chair Georges Restom
Vice Chair TBC
Treasurer Dharmendra Pathak
Secretary Kate Soubeiga (teacher representative)
Members Rose Drabo
Steve Mogale
Estelle Tonde
Michael Keller
Andre Sonnichsen
Aaron Codispoti
Christina Wagner
Gladys Some (student representative)
Jeff Trudeau
Director  Jeff Trudeau


Greetings from the International School of Ouagadougou Board of Trustees!…And two other notes.

The month of September has been a busy month for the newly reconstituted Governance Board here at ISO. Last week on Friday, we had the opportunity to virtually work with a Board facilitator, prior to our first official meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 21st.

Board Training outcomes:

  • Reviewed our present Board Policies
  • Identified the role of the Board of Trustees, along with that of the Director (the Board’s only employee)
  • Studied the overall role of a Governing Trustee for an Independent International School.

During our virtual training, the Board also recognized that they are not involved in the day-to-day issues of ISO.
Instead, the Board of Trustees’ roles are to:

  • Look out for the well-being of the school as an institution
  • Monitor the performance of our Director
  • Set the vision for where the school will be going
  • Carefully evaluate whether we have sufficient resources to get us there.

Board members serve because they are committed to improving ISO’s education in a sustainable manner…to build an ever-stronger ISO

In this challenging year, The International School of Ouagadougou Board of Trustees is proud to have the opportunity to serve the ISO community. The Board looks forward to working with all stakeholders to support our school community during what is most likely going to be a challenging year in regards to the ongoing global pandemic.

Note #1: Vaccination Drive at the U.S. Embassy

This Saturday, September 25th, the Ministry of Health, along with support from the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou, will host a vaccine clinic from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The MOH will be providing Johnson & Johnson Janssen one-shot covid-19 vaccines for free. These vaccines were donated from the U.S. government. The event will take place in the parking area at the embassy. For security reasons please do not bring any bags. Please bring ID for vaccine identification. The vaccine is available for those who are 18 and older.

Note #2: Professional Development Day

ISO Community,

As part of our ongoing search for improvement and ways to make our students successful, both in class and in life, the ISO staff is holding a Professional Development day tomorrow, September 24th.

As such, there will be no school for students tomorrow, as well as no after school activity.

We are looking forward to seeing our students on Monday.

Have a great end of the week.