The Main Street Academy

Governance Committee

Regular Meeting - Thursday October 25th, 2018 @7:00 PM

Meeting Minutes

Attendance Summary

Name Status Arrival Time Departure Time
Farrah Brown present member On Time At Adjournment
Jennifer Fine not present ex-officio
Rebecca Dearolph present chair On Time At Adjournment
Heather Wells present member On Time At Adjournment

Welcome and Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 by the Chair.

Approval of Agenda

So that there is agreement between committee members on the agenda, and the amount of time spent on the meeting, the committee 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 committee through the agenda as specified.

Approve the agenda as submitted

By: Rebecca Dearolph Seconded by: Farrah Brown

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Agenda Items

1) Governance Committee Goals for 2018-2019 School Year

a- Provide a Charter School Template for all committees to use in order to streamline and unify reports.

b- Collect biographical information including photos and contact information for all Board members annually in order to maintain TMSA website and branding.

c- Formulate and ensure compliance of TMSA Governing Board.

d- Track donations and volunteer hours for the board on a monthly basis.

e - Ongoing training and development for all governing board members both new and returning.

2) Review the language of the current By Laws for TMSA and change the language to remove the Teacher Rep and PTO Rep from being ex-officio members so they do not have to adhere to the annual training requirements. Sections 2.6 and 2.8 of the bylaws. 

 Proposed Language:

           Section 2.6 Qualifications. – Each Director shall be at least eighteen years of age, may not be an employee of the Corporation, (with the sole exception of the designated representative of the faculty and staff as required in Section 2.8 and the administrator of the school, both of whom server as ex officio members with no voting privileges), nor an employee of Edison Learning or any Education Management Organization contracted to assist in operating the school. Each Director may not have been convicted of any felonies and must, at the request of the Governing Board, undergo a background check. The administrator of the School shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Governing Board with no voting privileges nor be included in any compliance standard qualifications considered by the State of Georgia.


           Section 2.8 PTO and School Employee Advisors ex-officio Directorship

The governing board will reserve two seats on the governing board, one for the designated representative of the Parent Teacher Organization of TMSA and one the designated representative of the faculty and staff of TMSA. Both of these directors will serve as advisors to   ex-officio members of the governing board with no voting privileges and neither will serve on the executive committee or participate during executive session. Both the PTO and the faculty and staff of TMSA should present their candidate for the governing board no later than one regular meeting before the annual election of directors. The representatives must meet all the requirements expressed in Section 2.6 of these bylaws, and must stand for election. If the governing board declines to accept the designated representative of either group, then a special election must be placed on the agenda of each subsequent meeting until the seat(s) are filled. The allocation of these seats does not alter the number of voting directors ( a minimum or maximum) required by Section 2.4 of these bylaws nor any compliance standard set by the State of Georgia.

3) Discuss recruitment plans for new Board members.

-Follow up with two people who are interested.

-Rebecca will share the current board application for review so we can revise it to have ongoing recruitment for new board members.

4) Go over the annual duties of Governance Committee members to make sure we are on track with what needs to be going on.

- review the list of duties from the month to month list.

 5) Ask the board for a current list of committees and committee members.

To approve amending the TMSA By Laws to remove the Teacher Rep and PTO Rep from being ex-officio members.

By: Rebecca Dearolph Seconded by: Farrah Brown

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

New Business

New business is requested.

The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:30 pm

Motion to adjourn

By: Farrah Brown Seconded by: Heather Wells

There was no notable discussion on the motion.