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Agendas/Minutes/Board Decisions
May 24, 2011
Board Members in attendance:  Mr. Brian Jones (chair); Ms. Emily Bloomfield; Ms. Sara Mead; Dr. Darren Woodruff

Mr. Brian Jones called the meeting to order at 6:08pm.

Acknowledgement of Public Officials
No elected officials were present.

School Oversight Committee - Candidacy for Proposal of Charter Revocation- William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts
Representatives: Dr. Maia McKinney, Executive Director; John Goldman, CFO

Ms. Charlotte Cureton from PCSB staff introduced the proposal and summarized the progress made by William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts (Doar) in meeting the benchmarks set out by the Board to be granted a continuance of the school’s charter.

Mr. Jeremy Williams from staff stated that Doar has shown progress by meeting certain fiscal benchmarks set forth by the Board.  He stated that Doar’s work to improve their fiscal situation has put them in a place where the school can remain afloat.  He also suggested that staff be permitted to work with Doar to continue to monitor the school’s finances.

Mr. Brian Jones asked Mr. Jeremy Williams if he is comfortable with Doar’s strategic plan for marketing the school.  Mr. Jeremy Williams answered that he is comfortable with the plan.

Ms. Sara Mead asked the school to provide the Board a report on enrollment figures before the start of the school year.
Dr. Darren Woodruff stated that while the school has shown growth, it is still not where it needs to be.

Mr. John Goldman stated to the Board that the school’s growth projections for enrollment are conservative estimates, and that already the school is seeing higher rates of enrollment than in the past.  He also requested that the Board lift Doar’s conditional continuance.

Mr. Brian Jones asked for more information about the school’s marketing strategy.

Dr. Maia McKinney answered that Doar is using a multi-platform approach to marketing themselves to potential new students and that they are already 32% ahead of schedule in terms of where they need to be in enrollment.

Dr. Darren Woodruff moved to propose conditional continuance for Doar based on a set of mutually agreed upon performance indicators to be worked out between the school and PCSB staff.  Ms. Sara Mead seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

School Oversight Committee - Extend Date of Upper School Closure -  Ideal Academy Public Charter School
Representative: Patricia Cooks, Board Chair

Ms. Charlotte Cureton from staff introduced the proposal to extend the date of closure for Ideal Academy Public Charter School’s (Ideal) Upper School campus so that it may house Ideal’s summer school program.

Mr. Brian Jones asked how many students will be attending the summer school program.

Ms. Patricia Cooks answered that 20 students would be attending.

Dr. Darren Woodruff moved to accept extending the closure date of the Upper School.  Ms. Emily Bloomfield seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Public Comment

Mr. Brian Jones adjourned the meeting at 6:27pm.