Nov 18 meeting

Truckee Charter School Meeting Minutes



  1. Update from Finance Committee

    1. Need for money for planning phase

    2. Finance Committee needs to be ready to apply for Public Charter School grant and revolving loan once charter is approved. District has 30 days to approve charter once it is submitted.

    3. Action Item: Jill- Can we open bank account now and can tax deductable donations be made now?

    4. Action Item: Is there a benefit to submit charter to EL before approval by TTUSD?- Anna and Kerri


  1. Update on website

    1. Action Item: Carolyn will work on charter elements so Jen will take over website work with SunMie and Angelica

    2. Action Item: Jen will work on updates for website

    3. Action Item: Email SunMie list of names (?)

    4. Look at Bridges website for ideas


  1. Finalize Vision/Mission

    1. Mission Update: Voting Item

      1. The mission of the Truckee Charter School is to inspire a diverse group of learners to achieve academic excellence while developing a strong sense of character and community. Our goal is to preserve each child’s natural curiosity and love of learning.

    2. Vision Updates: Voting Items

      1. Interdisciplinary leaning expeditions, developed from state standards, promote learning through authentic experiences that encourage critical thinking and social responsibility.

      2. Small multi grade classes cultivate a safe environment for individual learning and self discovery

      3. High expectations for character and behavior create a school culture exemplified by physical and emotional safety, accountability, compassion, integrity and respect.

      4. Shared school traditions and celebrations support reflection, personal growth and a sense of belonging within the school community

      5. Multiple means of assessment include portfolios and student-led conferences along with academic and character reports hold students, teachers and staff accountable for the highest quality of work.

      6. Multicultural studies and a foreign language component instill tolerance and broad world views while fostering an appreciation for local and global diversity

      7. A diverse school population reflective of our community promotes intercultural understanding and respect for individual differences and similarities

Action Item: Alison will research how we can address diversity and cultural competency. Per our findings, this bullet may change.

      1. Physical fitness, outdoor activities, visual and performing arts are an integral part of students daily lives


  1. Union Update

    1. Union subcommittee in process of setting up meeting with Union leadership and will report out at next meeting

    2. Website for reference:


  1. Charter Elements: Determined need to focus majority of next meeting on charter elements and that charter writing team will bring items to founding group for final approval.

    1. Staffing:

      1. Action Item: Erica will forward Budget to group. Question - Can we have 3 teachers and a site director who is the sole administrator?

      2. Is it an option for secretary and aid positions to be parent volunteers?

    2. Governance

      1. Voting Item: Parental Involvement will be encouraged not mandatory

      2. Speak your Peace will not be included.

      3. Action Item: Dana will bring details on potential governance structures, including role of advisory council, founding board, etc.

    3. Outcomes and Standards

      1. Action Item: Mike will talk to Scott Gill about how to accurately articulate the language component outcomes and standards


  1. Next Meeting: 12/01/09 at TTCF from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Agenda Items:

    1. Union Update 10 minutes

    2. Website Update 10 minutes

    3. Budget Overview 20 minutes

    4. Charter Elements 60 minutes +

    5. 3 year projection 30 minutes (?)


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