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a better world | un monde meilleur | un mundo mejor | عالم أفضل | лучший мир | 一个更美好的世界

un mondo migliore | より良い世界 | eine bessere welt | a better world | un monde meilleur | un

monde meilleur | un mundo mejor | عالم أفضل | лучший мир | 一个更美好的世界 | un mondo mejor

عالم أفضل | лучший мир | 一个更美好的世界 un mondo migliore | より良い世界 | eine bessere welt

a better world | un monde meilleur | un monde meilleur | un mundo mejor | عالم أفضل | лучший мир

un mondo migliore | より良い世界 | eine bessere welt | a better world | un monde meilleur | un

monde meilleur | un mundo mejor | عالم أفضل | лучший мир | 一个更美好的世界 | un mondo mejor

The State of the School Jane Camblin

March 13, 2013 Peter Sorrentino


“In our increasingly interdependent world, in which the problems we face call for more and deeper global cooperation, UNIS is uniquely placed to contribute. Its core principles emanate from the United Nations charter, that visionary document of world peace and progress. The school’s international environment—in which people of many nations, faiths and points of view study, work and play together—sets an admirable example of mutual tolerance and understanding.”

  • Kofi A. Annan

  • United Nations Security General 1997-2006

  • Remarks on UNIS’ 50th Anniversary

  • “One of the greatest tasks of education all over the world is to educate the young for peace, because, on the question of peace, no man of goodwill can be neutral.”

  • U Thant

  • United Nations Secretary General 1961-1971


  • Parent feedback review

  • Where we are today

    • In progress

    • Goals for the future

  • Advancement update

  • Financial snapshot

Parent Feedback – Values

  • Academic excellence

  • Professional and collegial community

  • Innovation and change

  • Celebration of internationalism

  • Global awareness

  • Respect for our planet

  • Empathetic, caring, compassionate students

  • Relationship with the UN

  • Linguistic ability

Parent Feedback -



Human resources

Academic and co-curricular programs

Community and infrastructure

  • Internationalism

  • Academics

  • Community

In Progress

  • Review of the schedule

  • Security audit

  • Parent food survey

  • Allergy policy

  • Medical services contract

  • Review of existing policies and procedures

  • CIS/NYSAIS Accreditation

Review of the Schedule

  • Review of advisory period

  • Access to cafeteria

  • IB concerns

  • Student life

Security Audit

  • Review of general security procedures

  • Review of crisis management procedures

  • Examination of physical campus – Manhattan and Queens

Food Committee

  • 550 Manhattan families responded to parent food survey

  • Concerns identified around issues of choice, food quality, cafeteria procedures

  • Next step – form committee

Allergy Policy

  • FLIK and school policies currently under review by medical staff at NYU

  • EpiPens and training to be provided

Medical Services Contract

  • NYU to provide oversight of best practices – concussion, nursing, procedures related to the management of health issues at school

Review of Existing Policies and Procedures

  • Personnel policies

  • Staff Association agreement

  • After-school procedures

  • Communications protocols/launch of new website and social media

  • Review of management systems

Strategic Planning

  • Littleford and Associates engaged as consultants

  • Focus groups were conducted with parents, faculty, non-teaching staff, students and alumni

  • 62 priorities were identified

  • Board of Trustees and school leadership developed final list of six multi-faceted priorities

Strategic Planning – Next Steps

  • Each of the six priorities will be assigned to a Board committee or sub- committee

  • Strategic plan with actionable priorities and key performance indicators will be shared with the full Board May 2014

  • Status update to the UNIS community before the end of the school year

  • Implementation to begin September 2014

Current Hiring Initiatives

  • Junior School Principal

  • Director of Human Resources

  • Director of Student Support Services

  • Additional psychologist

  • Review of Modern Languages Department structure

  • Social media/web specialist

Advancement Update

Laura Heffron

Director of Advancement

UNIS Fund Mission Statement

Gifts to the UNIS Fund make a tangible difference in the teachers we hire; the international curriculum, language courses and enrichment programs that we provide; and the art, drama, music and athletic programs we offer.  Every measure of the advancement of UNIS is touched by your generosity.  A donation to the UNIS Fund is one of the most important gifts you can make to our children in support of a better world.

Participation by Constituency

As of March 11, 2014

Parent Participation by Campus

As of March 11th, All Years

UNIS Fund – Parent Gifts

As of March 11th, All Years

UNIS Fund – Parent Dollars

As of March 11th, All Years

$50 buys 5 plants and 10 seed packets for the new greenhouse and student garden – Queens Campus

$100 buys 4 full sets of cricket equipment for the PE department

$100 buys 10 Junior School students French magazine subscriptions

Manhattan Campus

$2,000 covers 4 Middle School students to attend outdoor

environmental programs

A gift of $8865 supports one out of 108 UNIS students who receive financial aid

Financial Update

Peter Sorrentino


UNIS Board of Trustees

UNIS Financial Overview

  • Finance & Audit Committee overview

  • Annual budget process

  • Approach

    • Mission-driven

    • Committed to fiscal sustainability and affordability

    • Careful management of operating expenses

    • Use available resources to deliver the highest quality educational experience for our children

  • Key responsibility of the Board

    • Set policy to ensure the long-term financial health of UNIS

  • Significant over-reliance on tuition revenue, relative to peers

  • 82% of operating costs related to salaries and benefits

    • Contractual CBA % increases are key driver of Tuition % increases

      • ~6% increase in salaries and benefits for ’14-15E

Revenue and Operating Costs

Total Revenue

Total Operating Costs

Tuition vs. Peers

  • 5.9% tuition increase for 2014-15

    • Lower rate of growth than peer average over past 3 years

  • Substantial discount to market

    • 20% below peer average, 40-45% below top of market

AttractingTop Educators

  • We operate in one of the most competitive education markets in the world

  • UNIS compensation structure is designed to attract and retain the best global educators

Capital Expenditures

  • Tuition and other current revenue sources are insufficient to cover extraordinary repairs / enhancements

Capital Projects 2013-14 ($6.6m)

Selected 2014-15 Projects

  • Year 2 Manhattan roof ($2.1mm)

  • Safety/security enhancements ($300k+)

  • Wharf review / maintenance ($200k)

  • Library Conference Room redesign

  • Middle School beautification

UNIS Endowment

  • $400K transfer from endowment to operating budget in FY ‘13-14

  • Equal to 1% of total revenue, vs. 6-7% peer average

  • At least ~3x smaller than necessary for a school of our size

  • No material inflows in past 10 years

Program Enhancements for Next Year

  • New School Psychologist and Director of Student Support Services

  • Athletics department ($56k)

    • New swim team, tennis team, JV soccer

    • Strength and conditioning consultant

    • CPR, 1st Aid, concussion training for coaches

  • Staff and faculty professionaldevelopment enhancements ($100k)

  • New website and hire of Digital Media Specialist

  • Capital Enhancements

    • Upgrade CCTV system ($50k)

    • Middle School Beautification ($130k)

    • Library Redesign / Enhancements ($150K)

    • Other Security Enhancements ($250K)


Thank You!

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