September 25th, 2017 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

Attendees: L. Hamer, M. Anglin, R. Wilson, N. Pace, T.Muniz, C. Williams, K. Sandiford, H. Crosley, D. Dunlap, L. Stephens

After a short welcome from L. Hamer, the meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m.

Verification of public notice was reported by Ms. Muniz.

The attendance sheet was signed and submitted to Ms. Muniz.

The agenda was reviewed K. Sandiford made the motion to accept the agenda with necessary corrections; H. Crosley seconded the motion.

The minutes from last meeting were reviewed; H. Crosley made a motion to accept minutes from August 28th with any necessary corrections. C. Williams seconded the motion.

Business Operations Report – Ms. Muniz

284 K-5 students registered; 34 UPK students. 2 ELL Students (1 st and 2 nd grade). Audit has been moved to Friday 9/25. UPK has been extended to 2019. Financial Summary report was handed out; in good financial position. Disbursement Report was distributed along with the expense graph.

CEO Report – Dr. Rice

Presented Trustee Board Chair Oliver from New Jerusalem Worship Center to discuss the building project and expansion efforts for the school to have their own separate building with New Jerusalem supporting the efforts. Waiting for Dept. of Ed for rental assistance, official notification signed by C. Fiorina and clarity for amendment in the lease agreement once items come in from Department of Education.

Principal Report – D. Dunlap

Teacher interview for 2nd grade occurred today; Assessments were done to gage students (Go-Math, Terra Nova, F&P and Beginning of Year). New science curriculum was rolled out for this school year. Spoke on the DCC (District Community Collaborative) that REACS is involved in; this effort seeks best practices with various schools in Queens and Brooklyn. Extra-Curricular actives are underway (cheerleading, basketball, soccer). 120 kids across all grades who finished summer packets had an ice cream social. Goals and Objectives were discussed; very pleased with the outlook and the feel of the school. First fire drill was handled successfully. Fire Drills need to be done before December of this year.

Academic Report – C. Williams

Impressed by progress of school; C. Fiorina visit 11/8. Mayor DeBlasio is also scheduling visit to school as well. Staff morale is high and things seem to be in place with student motivation. Scores have increased and returning staff and volunteers are working well; looking for a social studies curriculum; looking for struggling students for morning intervention; discussed ways to maintain student reading level over the summer.

Personnel Report – K. Sandiford

Opening for 2nd grade ICT teacher; interview is ongoing. K. Sandiford asked for a motion to hire Jenette Renvoye’ as 2nd grade ICT teacher. H Crosley made the motion M. Anglin seconded. All vacancies are filled.

PTO Report – A. Davis

Had breakfast for teachers on second day of school; collection $25.00 from parents and starting popcorn fundraiser ending 10/20; looking to have more free events to get parents into the school. Slime making event on 10/20. Started the following committees: 5th grade committee, fundraising committee and a parent representative per class per grade (missing 1st grade parent rep).

Finance Report – M. Anglin

No Report

Fundraising Meeting – L. Stephens

Met last week in August 2017; secured the Hilton JFK with down payment and contract signed. Looking to have sponsorship tables and seating tiers. Discussed budget proposal and event breakdown along with cost and committees; next fundraising meeting 10/14/17.

L. Hamer thanked all for coming out. Next board meeting will be 10/22/17 at 6:30. Meeting was adjourned at 7:47 p.m. and executive session was held. In executive session, the contracts for Capacity Rise, LLC and the math consultant were approved; M. Anglin made the motion, K. Sandiford seconded. H. Crosley made the motion to disapprove the dance program L. Stephens seconded. L. Stephens made the motion to approve the art program and proceeds of sale of any art items goes to the school; H. Crosley seconded. H. Crosley made the motion to postpone the approval for STEM program pending further clarification; C. Williams seconded.