As a long serving member of the LSA, now LESNW, Finance Committee, I often reflect with awe and amazement at God’s provision. Firstly, the provision of gifted and passionate LESNW staff and others who serve on various teams and committees. Secondly, one can’t ignore the blessing of God’s provision in and through our learning communities. Finally, as system we experience God’s provision – his mercies are ‘new every morning’.
It’s no surprise that the financial profile and landscape for each of our communities is different. Some enjoy exciting and prosperous times, while others are ‘doing it tough’. The volume and complexity of LESNW Finance Team deliberations, support, interventions and innovations have changed significantly over recent years. Winding the clock back several years, I recall a monthly meeting that extended over an hour or two, where some months it was hard to even scratch together an agenda. Today our deliberations fill a full day and from each meeting flows a multitude of critical tasks and conversations intended to well-support and enable our communities.
As Chair of the Committee I seek your support in aiding our commitment to be thorough, timely and responsive to the needs of system schools. I advise the requirement that the LESNW Finance Team must receive any items for inclusion on its monthly agenda, two weeks prior to the meeting. This allows LESNW finance staff to undertake their due diligence around items before distribution to the Finance Committee for their deliberation prior to meetings.
We also seek your understanding that agenda items will likely be deferred if the two week lead time is not provided. We encourage your cooperation and look forward to continuing to serve in support of your visions.
To assist with your own planning timelines, LESNW Finance Team meetings for the remainder of the year are as follows:
They are also listed in the Events on the website at this link. (Narrow your Results in the Event category “Finance Committee”)