D.C. Public Charter School Board
Board Meeting Minutes
Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
1100 Harvard St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 19, 2012
Board Members in attendance:
Mr. Brian Jones (Chair); Mr. John “Skip” McKoy; Mr. Don Soifer; Ms. Emily Bloomfield; Dr. Darren Woodruff; Ms. Sara Mead; Mr. Scott Pearson (ex-officio)
Mr. Brian Jones called the public meeting to order at 6:13pm
Acknowledgement of Public Officials
No elected officials were present.
Approval of the Agenda
Mr. Brian Jones asked for a motion to approve the agenda for the evening. Mr. Don Soifer moved the motion and Mr. Skip McKoy seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Approval of the February Minutes
Mr. Brian Jones asked for a motion to approve the February minutes. Ms. Sara Mead moved the motion and Ms. Emily Bloomfield seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Brian Jones read the contracts for January 2012 for more than $25,000 that were received by the PCSB and were read and accepted into the record.
School Oversight Committee- DC Prep Public Charter School- Request to Delay Opening of Elementary School Campus, Increase Enrollment Ceiling, and to Operate an Additional Campus
Representative: Wendy Scott, Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Kimberly Worthington from Staff introduced DC Prep’s request to delay the opening of an elementary school campus scheduled to open for SY2012-2013, to operate an additional campus to open in the fall of 2013, and to increase their enrollment ceiling from 1090 to 1150 for SY2012-2013 before the Board.
Mr. Brian Jones opened the floor to his colleagues for comments and said that he asks that the Board consider all of these matters in a single motion.
Dr. Darren Woodruff asked about the space for the move from elementary to middle school.
Ms. Wendy Scott said that the location is 70,000 sqft and that they do not anticipate doing any construction on the site for its first two years.
Mr. Brian asked for a motion.
Ms. Emily Bloomfield moved to accept the requests, and Ms. Sara Mead seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Proposed Board Policy- Clarifying the Requirements for Filling a Charter Amendment
Mr. Scott Pearson, Executive Director of the PCSB, introduced the proposed policy to clarify the requirements for filling a charter amendment, and talked about the public comment process and 30 day rule. Schools will be required to request permission for an enrollment ceiling increase, accountability plan changes, or additions/re-locations of campuses. These requests will be subject to PCSB Board approval. Schools will be required to notify the PCSB of proposed changes to articles of incorporation/bylaws, an LEA status for special education purposes or curricular materials/resources, standards, or assessments. PCSB reserves the right to inquire about any of the proposed changes as a part of the notification process.
Mr. Brian Jones asked for questions and comments.
Dr. Darren Woodruff asked if this policy as currently written speaks to the criteria we have to approve or deny these requests.
Mr. Scott Pearson said it does not, but merely clarifies where we would amend an application.
Mr. Skip McKoy asked why the change in status for special education is a notification rather than asking for permission.
Mr. Scott Pearson said that the thinking is that there are a variety of ways to offer SPED services. Many schools are in the process of changing from using DCPS as their LEA to something else. He added that off course PCSB would review it and monitor their performance, but it did not warrant the scrutiny that some of these changes would.
Mr. Brian Jones asked for a motion to submit this for public comment.
Mr. Don Soifer moved to submit for public comment, and Mr. Skip McKoy seconded.
Meeting adjourned 6:28pm