Board of Directors Meeting Minutes - February 24th, 2020

Attendees: R. Wilson, C. Williams, C. Rice, L. Hamer, D. A. Seabourne, S. Fairclough-Leslie, L. Stephens, M. Anglin, T. Muniz

After a short welcome from L. Hamer, the meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m.

Verification of public notice was sent and confirmed.

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

An item was added to the agenda as per L. Hamer for discussion in executive session.

M. Anglin made a motion to accept the agenda; R. Wilson] seconded; motion was passed. The minutes were reviewed from 1/27/20. R.Wilson made a motion to accept the minutes with any necessary corrections; M. Anglin seconded; motion was passed.

Business Operations Report – Ms. Muniz

Total number of students 335
UPK 36
K-5 296
6th Grade 39
Economic Disadvantaged Students 69%


UPK 110
Kindergarten 159
1st Grade 39
2nd Grade 38
3rd Grade 26
4th Grade 28
5th Grade 23
6th Grade 57
7th Grade 20

Open house 3/10/20; Lottery will be held 4/23/20; cash disbursement and financial summary reports were distributed.

CEO Report – Dr. Rice

On Feb 4th , met with NYC DOB Commissioner LaRoccca and now have all applicable certificates for the main building (NJWC). We now have a permanent C of O and three public assembly permits; no longer required to have a fire guard. Looking to have a fruitful relationship with Commissioner LaRocca to help with DOB issues in the future. Awaiting engineering reports and drawings to submit to the DOB for approval in order to break ground on a new building. Ms. Fraiclough-Leslie along with Dr. Rice met with Ms. Michelle Stoddard, Director for Community Development for Resorts World Casino and petitioned for $231,000. She immediately gave her OK for $13,000 and committed to push vendors for further financial support. Currently awaiting a grant offered by NYS Office of Homeland Security; the average grant being $50,000.

Principal Report – S. Fairclough-Leslie

ELA camp (grades 3-6) were held during winter break; math camp will be held during spring break (Apr 13-15). ELA Mock exams 2/11 and 2/13 and Math Mock exams held 2/25 and 2/27. NYSED Exams Grades 3-6 ELA 3/25 and 26 and Math 4/21 and 22. Working with consultant for classroom management and school branding. Report cards have been updated for the upcoming marking period. Trips have been planned for lower grades during testing days. Black History extravaganza held on 2/27 in main and annex buildings. Bussing concerns continue with scholars; guidance counselors assisting; student activities are ongoing. Enrichment activities are as follows: Music for K-2, REACS chorus performing for Black history event. 10-Year anniversary date has ben set for October 24th with Antun’s catering Hall in Queens.

Academic Report – C. Williams - - NO REPORT

Personnel Report – K. Sandiford - NO REPORT

PTO Report – D. A. Seabourne - NO REPORT

Finance Report – M. Anglin - NO REPORT

Fundraising Meeting – L. Stephens

A presentation was made by Crystal Carol to give framework for fundraising campaign. The goal is to develop a template for fundraising template and a landscaping effort on donors.

L. Hamer thanked all for coming out; next board meeting 3/25/20. Meeting was adjourned at 7:22 p.m.