The Main Street Academy

Governing Board

Regular Meeting - Tuesday August 27th, 2019 @7:00 PM

Meeting Agenda

Welcome and Call to Order 1 minutes

The meeting will be called to the order by the Board President.

Approval of Agenda 5 minutes

So that there is agreement between board members on the agenda, and the amount of time spent on the meeting, the board shall vote to approve an agenda for the meeting. To the best of its ability, it will follow that agenda, and allow for the chair to move the board through the agenda as specified.


  1. Approve the agenda as submitted

Public Comment 10 minutes

Our Public Comment period is for members of the public to address the board. Each member of the public may sign up to comment at the meeting, and will be allotted two minutes. The board will listen, but may not directly respond to any comments. Our meetings are open to the public and public record. As such, if your comment is about a private matter, please contact the board via email, or speak to the board chair privately.

Approval of Minutes from Jul 30, 2019 5 minutes


  1. Approve the minutes as submitted

Governance Committee Report 10 minutes

The Governance Committee met on August 20, 2019.

Items for discussion with Governing Board:

1) discuss language for board email blast:

Recharter status

Scoreboard status

Stairs retread status

The email serves as the effort of the board to be more intentional with communications with all our stakeholders.

Each month we'd like to introduce one of your board members.

List a few bio items

2) confirm board training dates: 9/21 is best date. If unable to attend TMSA will provide webinar links to be completed by end of year. Communicate with Jeff Homen regarding training items and agenda

3) new business

Governance will meet after training on 9/21, Governance committee will edit website calendar to reflect same.

Voting Item

Recommendation to amend the Governing Board Bylaws, Section 2.4, to include TMSA Board statement of diversity:

"TMSA strives to match the Board's racial diversity to the racial diversity of the students, faculty and staff of the school."


  1. The approve amending Section 2.4 of Governing Board Bylaws to include the following language: "TMSA strives to match its Board's racial diversity to the racial diversity of the students, faculty and staff of the school."

President’s Report 15 minutes

This report is made by the Governing Board President.

Principal Parker, Virginia Smith and Jennifer Fine attended the Georgia Charter School Association's State of Charter Schools seminar on August 19, 2019. Information about current and proposed state legislation affecting charter schools, academic performance/testing, charter petition submittals and anticipated changes to the process were discussed.

The TMSA Petition for Recharter will be submitted in mid-September. Our consultant, Thomas Van Soelen, Dr. Robert Baker ( Board President during second charter petition), Noel Mayeske (previous TMSA board member), Heather Wells, Jennifer Fine, Virginia Smith and Principal Parker have been hard at work over the past several months compiling the dense data and narrative to create a compelling submittal. Fulton County Schools and the state Board of Education will be reviewing the documents and scheduling the required interview with the TMSA Governing Board. We all need to be well-versed in the information presented in the petition, with particular emphasis on the Board's organizational, financial and academic goals.

Review and discussion of charter petition submittal. Any discussion of Decision Making Matrix which was approved by the Board at its July meeting.

Voting Item

Authorization to approve submittal of charter petition and Decision Making Matrix to FCS and State BOE.


  1. To approve submittal of Charter Petition and Decision Making Matrix to FCS and State BOE.


Principal Report 15 minutes

The school leader reports on the status of the school.

To be consistent with Fulton County School's August 22, 2019 decision to make March 24, 2020 a workday for teachers and staff due to the presidential primary, Principal Parker is requesting the same calendar change to TMSA. Voting Item

Actions related to how this might impact additional discretionary days and the communication to parents, students and teachers will be discussed.



  1. o approve changing March 24, 2020 to a teacher and staff work day due to the presidential primary. Students will not have class.

PTO Report 10 minutes

This report is presented by the PTO President.

Faculty Report 10 minutes

This report comes from the staff elected faculty member to the board.

Finance Committee Report 15 minutes

The Finance Committee met on Tuesday August 20th, 2019

PTO Report

Financial Review

  1. Banking option - a decision will be made at the September finance meeting.
  2. HVAC Balance - Virginia Smith will review the balance and determine the payment that will be made.
  3. FY19 Audit update - the audit has started and is on target for completion. There are no significant issues at this time.
  4. FY20 Budget update - an adjustment will be made to the food service budget to allocate over 10 months (September - June).

Facility Improvements

-No updates

Other Items

Purchase of uniforms (20 tops and 20 bottoms) for soccer and volleyball. Basketball and track uniforms might also be needed at a later date. The soccer uniforms cost $900 and volleyball cost $1,056.

  • The APS committee determined all sports must be a Fulton County Schools sport.
  • Principal Parker was asked to provide the total cost for uniforms for all four sports (soccer, volleyball, basketball and track) to determine the budget impact.

TRS issues were discussed.


Communications Report 10 minutes

Important Updates 

  • Communications Manager - Hired, Lisa Simon - The effort of  on-boarding is in process   


  • Survey - (Summer 2019) Completed for both families and staff. A report results will be discussed within the board
  • Communications Training for staff is anticipated to happen for August.

Marketing and Branding

  • Mascot -RFP deadline has been extended until the end of this week and so far there has been 4 responses
  • Voting for Stakeholders 


  • Providing updates and documents to support the process


  • Website updates - Continuous efforts to update website with current information

Academic & School Performance Committee Report 10 minutes

Future Business 5 minutes

This is to add new business to next month’s agenda.