Board Meeting – August 24, 2011

Board members in attendance:  Andrea, Tiffany, Brad, Shelley (arrived late), Genevieve, Casey, Dawn, Mark, Michael (left early)

The meeting was called to order at 9:20 am

The Board approved the June 2011 meeting minutes.

The Board discussed and accepted Deb’s resignation and options / next steps for addressing administrative needs at Springwater for the 2011-12 school year.  The Board also discussed how to communicate this information to staff and families.

To do:
— meet with staff to discuss course of action
— discuss how to address staff evaluations, student discipline, and behavior support for lunch and recess
— OAKS testing, TAG, first day planning, support for Jesse
— determining who will be the go-to person for immediate issues and needs in the building

Board consensus was to locate an interim principal, instead of (a) attempting to run the school without administrative support, or (b) attempting to post and make a permanent hire into the position this close to the start of the school year.  The Board brainstormed possible interim candidates; Andrea and Dawn will follow up.

Board members agreed to be on-site as much as possible the first week to address any areas of need.  A communication plan for staff and families was determined.  The Board agreed that it would not exceed the budget already set for administrator in its hiring of interim and any additional support.

Families:  The Board reviewed the proposal from staff; it was unclear what / whether the Board was to be voting on.  The discussion was tabled pending further information.

Homework policy:  The Board reviewed the proposal from staff; it was unclear what / whether the Board was to be voting on.  The Board will pursue questions about the homework load at 8th grade.  The discussion was tabled pending further information.

The board reviewed and unanimously approved the annual fundraising calendar.  Tiffany reviewed the schedules for artists in residence and upper grades electives.  There will be three elective classes (drama, visual arts and tech) each trimester – by the end of the year, all upper grades students will have taken each of the electives.  Mary Kirby and Tina Eckton will be teaching the AIR program for the year. 

The Board discussed coordination of tech (Cherisse Reilly has tentatively agreed to coordinate), facilities (Casey Beatty), Parent Volunteers (Lori Skiles), Room Parents (Carolyn McGill), and Read Naturally (Carol Pauli).

The Board discussed different options for Building Clean, including increasing time from our current contractor; seeking bids from other contractors; hiring our own independent contractor as janitor; splitting up the mid-week clean between all SW families; or having kinder families on work study/scholarship handle the cleaning.  The Board agreed that having all the kinder families handle the mid-week clean had not been successful, and would not be repeated this year.  Casey will investigate options and report back at the next board meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm.