Oct 21 Meeting

Members present: Keri, Angelica, SunMie, Jen, Anna, Carolyn, Allison, Kim, Elizabeth, Jill, Melissa, Erica
TTUSD Update- Kim
Kim met with two board members, Kirsten Livak & Bev Ducey. They were both receptive and mentioned that they liked the EL model. Kirsten is going to talk with Steve tonight and give us direction this week. They both stressed their hope that the school would be accessible to all. Once Kim hears from Steve, she will set up a follow up meeting with the TTUSD board. Bev talked about Nevada County Brother Team helping with teacher/union agreements.

Committee Reports
Grant Writing/Finance – Melissa Williams, Jill Penwarden, Allison Schwedner
1.Update on 501-(c)3 status/legalities: Jill – 501c3 takes 2-6 months to process. Need financial projections for next 3 years. Fee for filing $750 now, $850 if we file after Jan. 501c3 is needed to collect tax deductible donations. Or, you can find a fiscal agent. Do we need 501c3 to apply for charter? Erica will ask Jayna. Jill will start the incorporation process. Allison will research a fiscal sponsor with Lisa Doby and Inner Rhythms for the interim.
2.Update on preparation of “who we are” letter to potential investors, etc.: Melissa – needs more details to finalize, will wait until determination of sponsor.

Expeditionary Learning – Anna Demm, Kerri Flaherty
1.Info learned at Grass Valley Charter School visit: Anna & Kerri went to GV Charter last Wednesday and met the principal and EL school designer. The school designer works with school support and teacher training. Impressed by structure. Ratio 1:22.  Teacher and principal establish learning expeditions. They loop classes. GV Charter was started by the district.
Community Outreach/PR – Carolyn Gallagher, Angelica Stone, SunMie Won
1.Website – comments: looks great
a.Who do we want to have access – use caution when updating the site, you are wiping out what’s there and putting things up live. The PR committee will discuss who will update the website.
2.Press release – do we want to do one: We need to wait on this.
3.Community Meeting – when? Scott Gill recommends January. Would it be beneficial to do one before presenting the charter? Probably not a good idea.
4.Set up Operating Fund - $50 each? : We agreed to contribute $100 each to an operating fund. We will bring the cash contribution to the next meeting.

Charter Petition/Sponsorship: Kim Bradley, Mike Kahlich, Dana Mudd,
Erica Stein, Elizabeth Bell
1.Discussion and Vote – Site based vs. IS: Site based.
2.Update on meeting with Scott Gill, EL Director – great, we will write EL specific charter.
3.Vission/Mission update – Kim will lead a dedicated V/M meeting – come if you have input, the smaller group will create the final product. Kim will lead a meeting set for November 2 at Anna’s.
4.Discussion and Vote – Class Structure
a.EL Recommendation: Mixed grade classes maintaining multi-year connection between teachers and students (same teacher for 2 years, except in first year of operation)
Consensus - First year class structure will be determined by the Charter petition committee based on 60 students.
5.Discussion and Vote - Charter name – Truckee Charter School or other: Truckee Charter School it is. Melissa’s friend will work on a logo.
6.Discussion and Vote - Formation of a Founding Board and Executive Committee (decision making portion of Board)
a.Founding Board = those present at this meeting and Mike & Dana Mudd – these people will receive priority enrollment.
b.Executive Committee consists of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and 2 additional Founding Board members –We will vote at the Nov. 2 meeting.  Allison & Keri will research board responsibilities. Erica will check re: D&0 insurance.

Next Meeting : Monday, November 2 @6:00 at Anna’s?
Next meeting will be November 18 – place TBD

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