Council Meeting: February 20, 2014

6:30 Welcome and Introductions

Council Procedures – Concordance, Council Board, Communication Agreements

Facilitators: Danny Conroy and John McCluskey

Minutes: Liz Meador

46 people present, 18 parents not on board or employees, 22 employees, 6 parent board

Open Forum/Announcements:

● Shoot for No Malaria Event ­ March 15, 4­8PM. Collect pledges for # of baskets, food,

Cake Walk, African beads, music. Help raise funds to eradicate malaria in Africa.

● Other items from community: Basketball championships Boys = Mapleton Y, 7:00; Girls

= Arapahoe Y, 7:30PM

● Update on Five year vision and strategic planning process for Horizons K­8: Work has

been ongoing with input from faculty and council members. We will be bringing the

strategic plan to the Council meeting in March for input and feedback.

● Pre­council: invitation to attend, great opportunity to talk with teachers about things going

on in the school day.

● School beautification group: meeting at 10:15 Friday, 2/21 to spruce up hallways and

bulletin boards. Looking for help from others ­ just show up!

● Looking for board members! It’s a one year term, looking for volunteers.

● There will be a Council Training next Thursday ­ please come! There will be childcare.

7:00 Winter Sports­ Faculty presentation

K­1: Ice skating at the Y. Once a week for 3 weeks. Lessons and play. Great instructors, very

encouraging. Thanks to all parent volunteers!

2­3: 4 week program. Rotation ­ soccer, climbing, skating, tennis. Fantastic instructors ­ high

quality instruction.

4­5: Eldora alpine and nordic skiing and snowboarding.

6,7,8: Eldora­ snowshoe, nordic, alpine. Climbing at ABC, bowling, east Boulder Rec Center.

7:20 Top Ten Things you should know about our By­Laws, Kevin Holst, Rosemary Mcknight

Presentation on incorporation and the governance structure.

Conversation about importance of community coming to Council. Board meetings are focused

on business, budget, governance, versus past board meetings which were only held to hire

teachers.

8:00 Committee Reports

● Board Report: Danny Conroy

● Development (Fundraising): Kathy Hagan

○ Need board members for next year!

○ Final budget was approved

○ Discussion about how to allocate reserves each year (amount, percent, etc)

○ Working on chartering committees and clarifying roles and responsibilities within

the organization.

○ Auction planning, raises half of fundraising goal for year to support the program.

Auction is 6­9:30 Avalon Ballroom, April 5. Buy your tickets NOW! Great

classroom donations created by kids. Looking for sponsorships to help support

the event. Looking for vacation homes, airline tickets, big value donations.

○ Will need a replacement for Kathy Hagan for next year ­ need a volunteer to step

forward. Different events ­ Moolah Drive, Art Fair, Payback Books, Auction.

● Finance Review: Ron Wawrzynek, no report this month

● District Accountability Committee (DAC) Sarah Holst (Kevin Holst reported)

○ Meets monthly with district. State is behind in funding schools. District is very

active in lobbying for more funding. The DAC is responsible to advise school

board on spending priorities. Tech, Social Emotional, restoration of operation

budgets, STEM curriculum were recommended to Board.

● District Parent Committee (DPC) Shannon Hassan, no report this month

● Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Judy F. and Sarah G.

○ IEPs required to include goals for postsecondary work at age 14 and beyond.

○ Advising parents of 8th graders regarding transition to high school.

○ Jackie Weber, Math Ed, presented new math curriculum that district adopted.

8:30 Close

Horizons K­8

Council Agenda

January 16, 2014

6:30 Welcome and Introductions

6:40 Council Procedures – Concordance, Council Board, Communication Agreements

Facilitators: Danny Conroy and John McCluskey

Minutes: Liz Meador

6:45 Open Forum – Council members may share up to two minutes of information relevant to

our community

7:00­7:45 Workshop on Mission, Vision and being a parent at Horizons K­8

7:45 Committee Reports

● Board Report: Danny Conroy

● Development (Fundraising): Kathy Hagan

● Finance Review – Approve Council Budget and update on District budget, Ron W.

● District Accountability Committee (DAC) Sarah Holst

● District Parent Committee (DPC) Shannon Hassan

● Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Judy F. and Sarah

● Diversity Committee update: Erica B. and Carin C.

● Open Enrollment update: Hope

8:25 Close

Horizons K­8

Council Agenda

October 17, 2013

6:30 Welcome and Introductions

6:40 Council Procedures – Concordance, Council Board, Communication Agreements

Facilitators: Danny Conroy and John McCluskey

Minutes: Liz Meador

6:45 Open Forum – Council members may share up to two minutes of information relevant to

our community

● Contact Manager reminder

● GOCO update

7:00 Unified Improvement Plan for this year and School Accountability Committee

7:30 Next steps in creating our Five Year plan.

7:45 Conferences by Level. What to expect, how to prepare.

8:00 Committee Reports

● Board Report: Meeting for October was cancelled.

● Development (Fundraising)

● Finance Review – Council Budget and District budgets, Ron W.

● District Accountability Committee (DAC) Sarah Holst

● District Parent Committee (DPC) Shannon Hassan

● Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Judy F. and Sarah

● Open Enrollment up date

8:30 Close

Ideas:

● Story of the school activity

● Introduce new folks

● OE presentations

● Year long planning….

● Every other month business and training and NVC…story…work

together

First Agenda from last year…..

Horizons Council Agenda

September 19th, 2012

6:30 Introductions

Council Procedures – Concordance, Council Board, Communication Policy

Council Procedures:

Concordance –

Decisions of the Horizons Council, Council Board, Faculty and Faculty Board are made by

concordance, in order to maximize decision making, participation and support for the outcome.

Concordance is a discussion and decision-making system whereby each member has an equal

opportunity to voice opinions or concerns, offer alternative solutions, and then agree or

disagree with any proposed course of action. If a member disagrees with a proposal, that

member is encouraged to offer an alternative course of action. Concordance is reached when all

members agree unanimously to support taking the proposed course of action. The Council

Co-Chairs determine when Concordance cannot be reached. If Concordance is not reached at

the Council meeting at which a proposal is considered, the Co-Chairs will determine whether to

continue Council consideration of the proposal at one or more subsequent Council meetings, or

to refer the matter to the Council Board for decision. If concordance cannot be reached, the

proposal is taken to the Council Board.

…Support for the proposal is shown by giving a “thumbs up” By doing so, while you may not

think the proposal is the best thing ever, you agree to support it and not “torpedo” it

Communication Agreement

We agree to abide by the Horizons Communication Agreements which are written in the

Horizons Handbook. In short, they state that if we have an issue with someone or something,

we take that discussion to that person, rather than discussing it with other people. By

communicating directly with the person involved, issues can be resolved effectively.

Recognizing that it can be hard to be so direct, we encourage people to get support from John,

Cece or any of the other staff who are trained in conflict remediation, NVC etc.

Introduce Council Board: The Council Board is elected in May. Parent Members are: Rosemary

McKnight, Danny Conroy, Ellen Moeller, Kateri Saeks. Faculty Members are: John McCluskey,

Cece Schehl, Beth Coleman, Nichole Hauser, Peter Hegelbach and Jim Freund.

Facilitators: John and Cece

Minutes: Tracy Clement

Time Keeper: Julie Cohen

Open Forum – Council members may share up to two minutes of information relevant to our

community

6:50 Experiential Education activity, Sylwester Brain Research

7:20 Outdoor Ed. highlights from faculty

7:40 UIP, SAC, TCAP, OMG!

8:00 Committee Reports

● Fundraising

● Finance Review – Council Budget and District budgets Ron W.

● District Accountability Committee (DAC) Kevin Holst

● District Parent Committee (DPC) Shannon Hassan

● Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Judy and Sarah

● By­Laws (John)

A starting point ….

Council Meeting Schedule

2012­2013

In addition to the Council Conversation, the meeting topic and a faculty update, Council

meetings include:

• Introductions

• Council Procedures

• Open Forum (up to two minutes of information of interest to the Horizons Community)

• Council Committee reports ­ Fundraising, Finance Review, District Accountability Committee

(DAC), District Parent Committee (DPC), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The informal Pre­Council Conversation is at 6 pm every other month, with the Council meeting

starting at 6:30 pm and ending at 8:30 pm

August 2012

Meeting Topics: Introductions

Faculty Update Topic: Outdoor Education Preview

September 2012

Pre­Council Conversation: What does it mean to be a charter school?

Meeting Topic: Bylaws ­ brief presentation by Ron. Invitation to join Bylaws

discussion

BEST grant and bond project update

Faculty Update: TCAP review

Small group visioning / create survey community

Review of UIP process and School Accountability Committee

Outdoor Education Trip Reports

October 2012

Pre­Council Conversation: Playground update with Grow­Up Boulder, City, BVSD etc

Meeting Topic: Bylaws

Faculty Update: Conferences

November 2012 ­

Unified Plan

Are we having Making A Difference this year? Does it replace Council ..perhaps not ??

A very special Council: Making A Difference 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

December 2012

No meeting this month!

January 2013

Pre­Council Conversation:

Meeting Topic: Fundraising

Faculty Update: Student Performances Preview

Budget ?

Winter Sports?

February 2013

Council Conversation: open

Meeting Topic: open

Faculty Update: Arts & Sciences

March 2013

Meeting Topic: Calendar for 2013­2014 & Vote on Calendar

Faculty Update: Faculty Professional development

April 2013

Council Conversation: open

Meeting Topic: Discuss Council Budget for 2010­2011

Faculty Update: open

May 2013

Meeting Topic: Vote on Council Budget, Council Parent Board elections Climate

Survey Results (if available)

Faculty Update: open

Open Enrollment Update

Finance Review Committee elections

Things to discuss:

● Visioning

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