The Museum School

Governing Board

Special Called - Wednesday July 1st, 2020 @7:00 PM

Meeting Minutes

Attendance Summary

Name Status Arrival Time Departure Time
Katherine Kelbaugh present member On Time At Adjournment
Katherine Moore present secretary On Time At Adjournment
Alan Locke not present member
Andrea Jones present member On Time At Adjournment
Ingrid Irby present member On Time At Adjournment
Richard Piercy present member On Time At Adjournment
Mike Stewart present ex-officio On Time At Adjournment
Christina Cassidy present member On Time At Adjournment
Judith Wohl not present member
Clay Jones present member On Time At Adjournment
Kelly Swinks present chair On Time At Adjournment
Janaun Ivy present vice-chair 5 Minutes Late At Adjournment
Tamara Richards present Treasurer On Time At Adjournment

Welcome and Call to Order

The Meeting will be called to order by the Chair.

Mission: The mission of The Museum School of Avondale Estates is to inspire students, teachers and the community to collaborate to develop strong critical thinking, interpersonal and academic skills in our students, which will prepare them for real-world success.


Core Values: Responsibility, Respect, Cooperation, Sustainability, Creativity, Kindness

Public Comment

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 three minutes. The board will listen, but may not directly respond to any comments. Please do not use specific student, teacher or administrator names in your comments as 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.

There were no public comments.

Executive Director's Report

Dr. Katherine Kelbaugh gave a history of the issues and information considered by the Task Force (targeting operations and administrative concerns) and the Focus Group (targeting instruction and academics), beginning in late May 2020. The many weeks of work by both groups resulted in a guide book of several return to school scenarios. The scenarios were initially built out as to how they would function and operate, with no recommendations as to a preferred scenario. Considerations of the Task Force and the Focus Group included academics and public health concerns (for students and school staff). The various learning environment scenarios were based on CDC guidelines; conversations with other charter schools and regular schools as to their scenarios; guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, thoughts from the Georgia Association-Educators, and parent and staff survey responses, among other data and information sources. Principal Mike Stewart contributed to the discussion, presenting additional information from the Focus Group.

A newsletter will be sent to all families on July 3 describing the efforts of the Focus Group and Task Force and alerting the parents that a decision will be made on return-to-school plans around July 13. This decision will be informed, in part, by decisions from the DeKalb County School District., not yet announced. School will begin, in some form, adhering to the August 5 start date. On July 13 another communication is likely to go out to update the return to school information. In all communications, it will be stressed to families that given that illness statistics change and public health guidelines are updated, that it is possible that any planned education scenario could change as we approach August 5 and even once the school year begins.

The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 9:52 pm

Motion to adjourn

By: Tamara Richards Seconded by: Katherine Moore

There was no notable discussion on the motion.