Empower Community High School

Our Mission: We facilitate an education program that provides authentic real-world work. This work will be informed by community needs and led by students. We will identify challenges and use them as opportunities to solve problems with a fresh and reasoned application of academic and technical skills.

2018-19 Board Schedule

Meeting dates:

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2018

June - 6/15/2018

July - 7/19/2018

Aug - 8/17/2018

Sep - 9/28/2018

Oct - 10/19/2018*

Nov - 11/9/2018

Dec - 12/7/2018

2019

Jan - 1/18/2019

Feb - 2/22/2019

Mar - 3/22/2019

Apr - 4/26/2019

May - 5/24/2019

June - 6/28/2019

July -

Aug -

Sep -

Oct -

Nov -

Dec -

For previous meeting notes from May - Oct 2018, check ECHS Agenda folder here 

* = Executive session

March Meeting Agenda and Supporting Documents

Topic

Intention

Approve Previous Meeting Minutes

  • Approve and post minutes on ECHS website

  • Review and update on action items from previous meeting

ECHS Visioning

Open Public Session

  • Open Meeting/ Public Voice

Board Member Importance and Agreement

  • Review Empower Board Member Agreement

  • Update on Empower Board Officer Descriptions

Update from ED

  • Update on most current progress and needs for ECHS

Fiscal Update from Treasurer

  • Budget Summary

Empower Documentation

  • Review and approve Empower policies, procedures and handbooks

Board Member Agreements, Required Trainings

  • Review Empower Board Member Agreement

  • Update on Empower Board Officer Descriptions

Empower Events

  • Upcoming CDT Meetings
  • Board member representation once a month
  • Build relationships

  • Board Retreat Dates

  • CCSP

Determine Next Steps and Actions

  • Clear action steps defined

  • Communicate notes publicly

UPCOMING TASKS AND TOPICS

Fiscal Management

  • Fiscal Management Committee Planning

Strategic Planning

  • Board Retreat - June

Evaluation

  • Co-create/ define board evaluation process
  • Co-create/ define ED evaluation process

Board  Participation in the Community

  • CDT Meeting
  • Canvassing

Working Session Topic

  • Retreat Planning

February Meeting Agenda and Supporting Documents

Topic

Intention

Approve Previous Meeting Minutes

  • Approve and post minutes on ECHS website

  • Review and update on action items from previous meeting

ECHS Visioning

Open Public Session

  • Open Meeting/ Public Voice

Update from ED

  • Update on most current progress and needs for ECHS
  • Need each board member’s city or county of residence, and term end date for each board member.

Fiscal Update from Treasurer

  • Budget Summary

Empower Events

  • Upcoming CDT Meetings
  • Board member representation once a month
  • Build relationships
  • Remember who we are serving
  • Board Retreat Dates
  • How long?
  • When?
  • CCSP

Board Member Recruitment

  • CBP Governance Academy Update

  • Candidates from CBP

Board Member Agreements, Required Trainings

  • Empower Board Member Agreement

  • Empower Board Officer Descriptions

Legal Council

  • Lease Update
  • 501c3
  • Legal Council Provider

Reimbursement Policy

  • Adopt financial policies and procedures

Determine Next Steps and Actions

  • Clear action steps defined

  • Communicate notes publicly

UPCOMING TASKS AND TOPICS

Fiscal Management

  • Begin Fiscal Management Committee Planning
  • Budget Review Update

Strategic Planning

Evaluation

  • Co-create/ define board evaluation process
  • Co-create/ define ED evaluation process

Board  Participation in the Community

Working Session Topic

  • Board development planning

February 22, 2019 (attendance Wisdom A, Chrintina U, Whittney RoJo, Sabrina Hodges

Special Activities

          Milestones

January Meeting Agenda and Supporting Documents

Topic

Intention

Approve Previous Meeting Minutes

  • Approve and post minutes on ECHS website

  • Review and update on action items from previous meeting

ECHS Visioning

  • Ground us in our vision
  • Who are we?

Open Public Session

  • Open Meeting/ Public Voice

Update from ED

  • Facilities
  • Enrollment
  • Staff
  • Development
  • Financial

Board Member Roles, Requirements, Resources and Recruitment

  • 9:30 - Prospective Board Member Resume Interview

Update -

Board Member Agreement

  • Review Member Agreement
  • CDT Request

  • Officer Descriptions

Required and Recommended Board Trainings

  • Charter Board Partners (CBP)

  • CDE Modules

Policy Development

  • Financial Policies and Procedure Review

  • 501c3 Update

Determine Next Steps and Actions

  • Clear action steps defined

  • Communicate notes publicly

UPCOMING TASKS AND TOPICS

Fiscal Management

  • Begin Fiscal Management Committee Planning
  • Budget Review Update

Strategic Planning

Evaluation

  • Co-create/ define board evaluation process
  • Co-create/ define ED evaluation process

Board  Participation in the Community

Working Session Topic

  • Board development planning

January 18th, 2019 (attendance Kofi, Sabrina, Whittney, Wisdom, Christina)

Enrollment: APS wants to see 50% of enrollment target (240) by April. We now have student names/addresses, we have organized our canvases over the last 2 weeks, will employ the plan next week. Currently we have 13-15 students committed. An additional 15 we are close with. Board will engage in canvassasing, ED will send us information on how to engage.

Teacher Hiring: Our Director of Operations have accepted the roll- Jennifer Hernandez (10 years in operations). Extending offers to ethnic studies and RJ coordinator.

Building: Lease is signed by us, waiting for the owner to complete signature. Now we start the staged approach to tenant improvements; applying for grants and subsidies. Once we have secured the building, the board will do a walkthrough.

We need to raise 3 million over the next 5 years and we are at 1.1. We are applying for Gates Family funding, Daniels Fund, New School Venture Fund, etc. We got our internal books set up so we can soon start looking at budgets/books.

District Compliance: This month we are submitting our ESS plans and new curriculum plan to APS. Kaci Coats at CLCS revised our ESS plans so we feel confident about it. Our team worked on the curriculum team. We also submitted our Jan 1st budget

Personal introduction: background shared, reasons for being interested in schools and Empowered specifically. As an undocumented student, her high school experience was crucial in forming her future and she wants to provide those opportunities to other students.

Interview Process

Chair: Motion to add Chrintina to the board, Secretary: Seconds the vote. Call for vote: yes (Kofi, Whittney, Kofi). Next steps: introduction to Empower CDT.

Academy training opportunity on Jan 26th. We have paid for this resource and we need to use it.

CDE Board modules are required for all board members; 30 modules (approx 20-30 mins a piece). We have two years to complete them from when you joined the board.

Chair made the motion to approve Charter Board Partners Board Officer Job Descriptions: Treasurer Seconds Discussion:

                *Remove line “Keeps all records of the school accounts current” from the treasurer job description.

                *Question for Carlene: once we are no longer working with her, can the secretary make edits to policies/by-laws.

                *Chair: Movement to approve job descriptions: Secretary: Seconds: All board members that approve say “I.” (Sabrina, Kofi, Christina, Kofi)

January 8th, 2018

Present: Whittney Johnson-Robinson, Sabrina Hodges, Koffi Apedijnou , Shawn Anderson

December Meeting Agenda and Supporting Documents

Topic

Intention

Board Training

  • Robert’s Law and board procedures led by Carleen

Approve Previous Meeting Minutes

  • Approve and post minutes on ECHS website

  • Review and update on action items from previous meeting

ECHS Visioning

  • Ground us in our vision
  • Who are we?

Open Public Session

  • Open Meeting/ Public Voice

Update from ED

  • Update on most current progress and needs for ECHS

Board Member Agreement

  • Adopt/ draft a Board Member Agreement or Job Description

  • Officer Description Creation

Board Member Roles, Requirements, Resources and Recruitment

  • Prospective Board Member Resume Review
  • Jenn Berg
  • Cristina Uribe Reyes

  • Update on board recruitment

Required and Recommended Board Trainings

  • Review requirements and resources

  • Next steps with Colorado Board Partners

  • Board development plan

Determine Next Steps and Actions

  • Clear action steps defined

  • Communicate notes publicly

UPCOMING TASKS AND TOPICS

Fiscal Management

  • Bank Account
  • Begin Fiscal Management Committee Planning
  • Budget Review Update

Evaluation

  • Co-create/ define board evaluation process
  • Co-create/ define ED evaluation process

Working Session

12/7/2018 Meeting

Present: Sabrina Hodges, Whittney Robinson-Johnson, Kofi Apedijnou

Topic

 

November Meeting Agenda and Supporting Documents

Topic

Intention

ECHS Visioning

  • Ground us in our vision
  • Who are we?

Open Public Session

  • Open Meeting/ Public Voice

Update from ED

  • Update on most current progress and needs for ECHS

Previous Meeting

  • Review and update on action items from previous meeting

Board Member Roles, Requirements, Resources and Recruitment

  • Prospective Board Member Interview
  • Sabrina Hodges
  • Jenn Berg ?

  • Update on board recruitment

  • Begin to define Board Interview Process

  • Decide on board member agreements/job description

Bi-Laws

  • Vote on bi-laws and other policies

Required and Recommended Board Trainings

  • Review requirements and resources

  • Next steps with Colorado Board Partners

  • Board development plan

Empower / Gateway/ APS Proposal

  • Update board

Determine Next Steps and Actions

  • Clear action steps defined

  • Communicate notes publicly

UPCOMING TASKS AND TOPICS

Fiscal Management

  • Bank Account
  • Begin Fiscal Management Committee Planning
  • Budget Review Update

Evaluation

  • Co-create/ define board evaluation process
  • Co-create/ define ED evaluation process

Working Session

11/9/2018 Meeting

Present: Wisdom, Koffi, Shawne, Sabrina, Carleen, Whittney

Topic