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, May 29th, 2013 Time: 6:00PM Location: Citizens of the World Charter School – 1316 N. Bronson Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028 Teacher Work Room 323-464-4292 MINUTES
Welcome & Call To Order - Yvette King Berg - Derrick Chau - Josh McLaughlin - Heather McManus - Gene Straub - Craig Tessler (absent) Invitation For Public Comment CWCH teachers representing the full Hollywood lead teaching staff shared that they’re a group of educators dedicated to teaching, thankful of the unique opportunity to teach at this organization that courageously steps out of the box, the teach staff fulfilled strengthens the organization and program, the founding parents and educators who founded the school wanted constructivist curriculum and it takes great experienced teachers to bring the model to life. The staff are committed to the mission and students – they volunteer their time for evening events and to support fundraisers and school events, they do lengthy progress reports, etc. each of them helped found a grade level and represent the model in action. They believe they should be paid above LAUSD – may lose teachers if we can’t prioritize compensation. Fair compensation, please find places in the budget, only options on the table impact the model. Given how late it is in the year we want a response to our proposal by the mid June meeting and a clear intention about fair compensation. We look forward to working together. Marc Yeber – following up on the unfortunate incident involving my son. DCFS closed the case but it’s still ongoing with LAPD, carelessness in which CWCSL handled the situation, call couple weeks ago from Det. in LAPD juvenile division – based on unfounded remarks from a parent – flies in the face of the mission of caring for all kids – some continues to be labeled and fingerpointed – other boy involved switched classes, involved in bullying there now, principal not stopping the rumor mill. ED letter doesn’t take responsibility saying there’s bathroom problems with his son, professionals can back it up that this is unfounded, if I can’t get CWC to stop rumor mill – send email to every parent to give full story. Son has gone through enough – having him be accused or ED insinuate ongoing bathroom activity is wrong. Jennifer Deines – Assistance League – concerns about concept pitched to parents – failing to be realized – AL to be middle school merger of H and SL – parents convinced to make financial decision and risk to assumed lease site quickly – documentation from PCSD – requests unanswered – PRA – reviewing documents – failed vetting process – parents deserve honest communication, transparency, how could site serve as middle school, why is it so expensive, maxes out at 216, nothing proactively communicated, the dot trip threshold revisions, the staggered start times, SL at AL next year, percentages, traffic study – what does this mean for operating a middle school there Board Review and Action on Draft Minutes from the 4/3/13 and 4/24/13 Board Meetings (ACTION ITEM) Heather McManus moved to approve the 4/3/13 board minutes, Derrick Chau seconded the motion and it was approved by all with Gene abstaining because he was absent from the meeting. Derrick Chau moved to approve the 4/24/13 board minutes, Heather McManus seconded the motion and it was approved by all (with Yvette abstaining as she was absent from that meeting).
Board Review and Action on March Financials. (ACTION ITEM) Yvette King Berg moved to approve the financials, Gene Straub seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously. Dashboard Report on Progress on School Wide Goals Amy Held presented the dashboard update for each school focusing on enrollment and FRL levels by school (all between 70-89% enrolled for next year and between 36-42% FRL). She also highlighted efforts to boost attendance at each school. Board requested weekly updates on fundraising progress and regular updates on parent meetings. Board Action to Approve Following Items Required by LACOE for CWC 3 (CWCMV) – (ACTION ITEM) a. Board Action of Certification of Signatures of Board Members and Person(s) Authorized to Sign Notices of Employment, Contracts, and Orders Drawn on the Funds of CWC LA b. Board Action to Approve Resolution Authorizing LACOE to Issue Funds for CWC 3 c. Board Action to Approve California State Teachers Retirement System Employer Paid Member Contribution Resolution d. Board Action to Approve California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) Pre-Tax Receivable Resolution Gene Straub moved to approve these resolutions, Yvette King Berg seconded the motion and it was approved by all present. Board Action to Authorize Each CWCLA School and the RSO to have a Credit Card with a $5,000 credit limit (ACTION ITEM) Gene Straub moved to approve, Derrick Chau seconded the motion and it was approved by all present. Board Discussion and Potential Action on Revised Licensing and Affiliation Agreement with Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWCS Network). (ACTION ITEM) Philip Farha – Thanks board for putting in a lot of time, listening to the parents, number of good lawyers and parents have provided lots of commentary and input – very little in this – many many issue unresolved – saddest thing – could have been great opportunity to address trust issues haunting school since day 1 – agreement in eyes of parent legal team – runs counter to philosophy of local control and governance – top down, inequal, non committal and vague on the national side, all controlling of the school side, doesn’t put relationship with authorizer above – inserts self in chain of command and charges fee for it – understand fee for services but this isn’t that – runs against spirit of schools and could have been a great opportunity. Everything we didn’t want – hard to imagine won’t impact moral and fundraising – when we miss opportunity to come together – appears running out the clock and levering the schools – laundry list of issues raised hit against a brick wall – sorry board put in this position – like being a couple’s therapist – not your job description – group on our end will try to put our position out there Jennifer Deines – agree with Philip – everything he said was fantastic , sad this agreement will be signed in spite of smart people’s input – you’re smart people – you’ve shut out – not negotiated on two sides, we don’t have a lawyer, no mutuality, no buyout provision, KIPP has that – no escape clause – question whether board represents parents concerns This was tabled. The board will act on a side letter with CWCS on Friday at a special board meeting that will lock in the 5/24/13 draft of the agreement as the operating agreement effective 7/1 pending input from LAUSD (any changes requiring material revision will be removed).
Board Discussion of Board Composition and Expansion
Thomas Schneider – Discrepancies between the charter and bylaws in terms of numbers (size of board) and how they are added to the board. Think there should be a fully seated board at largest size – bring in expertise from parents and elsewhere (don’t think parents necessarily make great board members) want board to truly represent the community. Appreciate additional transparency and posting info but still confused about honorary board chair position, etc. Josh McLaughlin proposed adding one parent per school to the board through a hybrid nomination election process similar to that used when a parent was first elected to the CWCH board. Yvette shared that she had good tools for this process through the High Bar program she’s participated in. She, Josh and Amy will work to bring a proposal for action to the board in June that can be implemented in the fall. Philip – sent an idea for process for this – no official connection between the board and parents – think board should be elected – consider parent voice in the process.
Board Discussion and Possible Action on Short Term Financing for Cash flow Purposes Tabled Board Review of Draft CWC LA Budget for 2013-2014 Jennifer Deines – clarity on job of development manager, expecting that person will produce lots of fundraising – what are the safeguards if that fails, final #s – is that net? Is it baked in? Is there commission? Samnatha – class size meeting last year Marissa said she’d leave if class size increased, families will leave, trust issue at stake, parents would forego a lot in lieu of this. There was a presentation by Amy, Tait and the Principals on the draft budgets and discussion about the goals and trade offs. It was agreed the draft with changes incorporated from the board would go back to school communities before returning to the board mid June.
Adjourn to Closed Session I. Public Employment: Performance Evaluation – Executive Director Adjournment
* The following board members may be joining by phone Yvette King-Berg from 818-899-5550 at 9400 Remick Ave. Pacoima, CA 91331, Craig Tessler from 310-571-4009 at 1990 S. Bundy Dr. Suite 200 LA, CA 90025 and Gene Straub from 213-446-8221 from Los Angeles.
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