A Board of Directors, commonly known as the School Board, governs RCCS. Board members come from Redeemer Presbyterian Church and from the parents of the students in the school. The church congregation elects 6 members to 3-year terms, which are renewable for another 3 years. After every 6 years, the member must take a sabbatical for at least one year before being eligible for re-election. Parent representatives may be nominated during the nominating period. Normally, the nominating period is in the month of February and terms of service begin in May, but dates may be changed as directed by the Board. The Board then elects three (3) representatives from those nominated.
Parent Representative terms are one-year terms renewable for 2 additional one-year terms. After serving 3 years, parents must also take a sabbatical for at least one year before serving additional terms. All Board members must agree to abide by the Westminster Confession of Faith. Detailed operation guidelines and responsibilities of the School Board are presented in the By-laws of Redeemer Classical Christian School, Inc., by-laws and the RCCS Board Manual.
The members of the Board are encouraged to be involved in the school in some way, so that they have personal knowledge of the children, families, and operations of the school. RCCS is a Board-governed entity. By that, we mean the school is not governed by the institutional Church, in this case The Presbyterian Church in America, or the Session (Governing Body) of Redeemer Presbyterian Church; or the State, but by a Board of Directors. The school is not governed by the Church. The word “Church” means the ones who are called out from the rest of the world. It refers to God’s people. We are using the word Church in the sense of an institution, which governs. The school is not the governing responsibility of any church, nor is the school accountable to any church. The school is accountable to its Board of Directors, whose standards come from the Scriptures. The decisions of any church do not affect the governance of the school. The school is not governed by the State. By that we mean that there is no state agency, which makes the governing decisions for the children.
The School is registered with the State of Maryland as a Church Exempt School, which means that we do not submit our curricula for review by State agencies. We are bound by the general laws of operation as a non-profit organization operating within the State of Maryland. We do make an annual report to the State of Maryland as to the number of students we have enrolled in the school.
You may ask why the majority of the Board comes from Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
There are two primary reasons:
1. To ensure that the Biblical standards and a reformed perspective of the application of Scriptures to life are continually upheld and maintained as the school develops.
- That the school does not take on a theological perspective based on the majority view of parents, but maintains a theological standard of the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Shorter and Larger Catechisms.
- That the school does not become legalistic in the manner in which the Christian life is lived and shown at the school.
- That the school does not teach baptismal regeneration, or sacramental cleansing of sin. But that sin is only cleansed by trusting in the blood of Christ alone as the final payment for sin and justification for being called holy, thereby enabling one to eternal life.
- That the school does not teach a practice of the charismatic gifts of speaking in tongues, or miraculous immediate restorative healings by touch.
- That the school does not teach an irreverent view of the God-head in worship and life, but maintains a respect, fear, and awe for the power, holiness, and perfection of the God-head. That the school does not teach that children should base their lives on their feelings, as opposed to obedience to Christ. Their feelings should always be brought into conformity to what Scripture says.
2. To ensure continued unity in property and building use.