The Museum School

Governing Board

Special Called - Wednesday July 8th, 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 present member On Time At Adjournment
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 On Time 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.

Andy Huff expressed appreciation from his family for the efforts and thoughtfulness for TMS administration and Governing Board in determining a reopening scenario that achieves the best for the most, acknowledging it was impossible to create a return-to-school scenario that exactly meets the hopes and needs of every family and staff member.

Approval of Agenda

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.

Approve the agenda as submitted

By: Katherine Moore Seconded by: Janaun Ivy

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Board Chair Remarks

Board Chair Kelly Swinks reflected on the role and responsibilities of the Governing Board which do not include operations. Ms. Swinks also reflected on the Board's duty to bear in mind the entire student body and TMS staff.

Executive Director Remarks

Executive Director Dr. Katherine Kelbaugh, assisted by Principal Mike Stewart, discussed the administration's plans for returning to school in the fall. TMS families will be notified no later than the evening of Monday, July 13. Dr. Kelbaugh believes TMS plans are similar to those being considered by DeKalb County Schools which have still not announced. The school calendar will remain as planned--including school start date of August 5 and all holidays as originally planned. The July 13 notification will include comprehensive information for families on the plan; also, a COVID 19 resource tab is being added to the school website and a virtual town hall will be held towards the end of July to further inform TMS families as to the plan details and to take questions.

Motion to approve the school reopening plan as presented by Dr. Kelbaugh.

By: Kelly Swinks Seconded by: Clay Jones

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:00 pm

Motion to adjourn

By: Katherine Moore Seconded by: Kelly Swinks

There was no notable discussion on the motion.