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Notice of Board Meeting: February 20, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m.

posted by Leah Choi   [ updated ]

Meeting will be held in the Secondary Commons. 

Full Agenda can be found here.

Board Update - January / February 2019

posted Feb 17, 2019, 10:33 AM by Elizabeth Williams

Board Update - January / February 2019

Dear Stargate,

In addition to the usual recap of recent and upcoming board meetings, this update includes a summary of our renewal process to date as well as an important notification regarding a change to our admissions policy.

I hope the information below is helpful and please feel free to reach out with any questions! (Governance@stargateschool.org)

Sincerely,

Calley Herzog

Stargate Board President

AD12 Charter Renewal Process

I am excited to report that last night the Adams 12 Board of Education voted unanimously to renew our charter for a three-year term with the option to request two more years without a formal renewal application.  The full resolution can be accessed here.

We want to thank each and every parent or community member that supported us in this process.  And a HUGE thank you to all of the Board members, administrators, staff, parent volunteers and students who relentlessly step up and sacrifice their personal time to help our school shine.

I would also like to take a moment to correct a few misstatements of fact that have been made at the AD12 meetings during open mic over the past several weeks.  We continue to be perceived as a school and community divided. Therefore, I think it is important to communicate clearly and openly about these items to prevent rumors and encourage a culture of honest and open communication.

  • The Executive Director job description was approved by the Board on January 23, 2019. It can be accessed here.  The posting was listed on numerous Colorado and National sites on February 8, 2019 and will remain open through March 1, 2019.  The information gathered through the community survey on the qualities for our next Executive Director will be used by the Ad Hoc committee and the Board for the screening and interview process.

  • Each and every time a concerned parent, staff member or community member contacts the Board we respond timely, with respect and professionalism.   We make every effort to address concerns and open a collaborative conversation about how to resolve the issue and move forward. We continue to encourage all members of our community to reach out to us with any concerns and questions.  I can assure you that we own our mistakes, we apologize with sincerity and we make corrections when we find a problem.

  • Transparency regarding the OCR complaints, investigations and resolutions is something we take very seriously.  It is a delicate balance of keeping the community updated while preserving the integrity of the investigation process and the confidentiality of the involved parties.  We review the OCR status at every board meeting and a written report is made part of the minutes. You can find these approved minutes here.

As a recap, there were three main events related to our charter renewal process:

  1. The District Accountability Committee (DAC) appoints a subcommittee to review our application, attend a school tour and then provide their findings and recommendation to the Adams 12 Board of Education (BOE).

  2. The AD12 Staff reviews our application, attends a school tour and then provides their recommendation to the AD12 Board of Education.

  3. The AD12 BOE votes on our charter renewal. We then have 90 days for contract negotiations to finalize the contents of the authorizing agreement.

 

The DAC provided a summary of their review and recommendations to the AD12 BOE on December 19, 2018. The full report can be accessed here. The AD12 Staff provided a summary of their review and recommendation to the AD12 BOE on January 9, 2019. The full report can be accessed here. The Stargate Board and Administration were given time on the January 16 BOE agenda to provide responses to the Staff’s report. Based on the feedback we got from the AD12 BOE at the January 16 meeting, the Board held an executive session on Jan 23 to receive advice from our school attorney.  The Board then delegated Brad Schoenfeld and Teresa Walsh to continue discussions with the AD12 Staff and BOE, including providing a written response to each of the AD12 Staff recommendations. Our full response can be accessed here. The Adams 12 BOE was scheduled to vote on our renewal application on February 6, 2019.  Due to the weather, the meeting was rescheduled to Feb 11.

 

If you have questions about the charter renewal process please contact Teresa Thomson Walsh (Teresa.Walsh@stargateschool.org).

 

Revised Admissions Policy  

On January 23, the Board approved the 1st reading of a modified admissions policy. The modified policy can be accessed here.

The policy will be up for second reading and formal approval at the February 20 Board Meeting. The delay between first and second readings of policies is intended to provide transparency and opportunity for community engagement when the Board is considering new or modified governance policies. If you have questions or concerns about this policy change you can email us at governance@stargateschool.org or attend the February 20 meeting and sign up for public comment.

One of the concerns raised by both the DAC and the Adams 12 Staff in their review of our charter renewal application was the use of an IQ test to determine whether a student was identified as intellectually gifted.  The full scale IQ test can be cost prohibitive and is not the only method for determining intellectual giftedness. Because there is a risk that students who do not perform well on the test could be excluded, both the DAC and the Staff recommended Stargate review its current admissions policy.  After gathering input from numerous psychologists (testers), our lawyers and reviewing best practices nationwide, the Board and administration worked together to modify our admissions policy to allow families to submit a body of evidence in order to demonstrate a child is intellectually gifted and qualify for our admissions lottery.  This allows families greater flexibility while ensuring that Stargate remains focused on its mission. We are a charter school dedicated to providing a differentiated program designed specifically to meet the needs of identified intellectually gifted learners in order to challenge each student’s academic abilities, support their unique emotional needs, promote individual character development, and encourage a life-long love of learning.  

January 23 Highlights

  • The Board reviewed and approved the revised budget for 2018-2019.  The revised budget includes staff raises, enrollment adjustments, revision to rent payments and hiring of additional personnel required for OCR compliance and the Special Education (SPED) department.  The revised budget includes a revenue adjustment for additional Mill Levy Revenue approved by voters in November 2018. It also includes an authorization to spend the remaining Bond Project Funds from Adams 12.

  • The Board reviewed and approved a change to our High School Graduation Requirements which  moves the required 1 credit Adroit-Specific Requirement into the General Elective Requirements category.  This change is applicable to the 2019-2020 school year. The Adroit program will still be written into each student’s academic plan as a yearly requirement however the credit will be applied as a General Elective.

  • The Board approved the Staff Survey questions for the annual survey conducted by our School Accountability Committee.

  • The Board approved the Executive Director job description.

  • The Board approved a Committee Handbook designed to give our Board committee chairs and members guidance for consistency and expectations.

Coming in February

The next regular Board meeting will be held February 20 at 6:00pm in the Performing Arts building.

Notice of Board Meeting: January 23, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m

posted Jan 20, 2019, 8:52 PM by Leah Choi

Meeting will be held in the Performing Arts Auditorium. 

Full Agenda can be found here.

Notice of Board Meeting: January 8, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.

posted Jan 7, 2019, 3:53 PM by Elizabeth Williams

Full agenda can be found here.

December-January Board Update

posted Jan 7, 2019, 3:52 PM by Elizabeth Williams

Board Update - December 2018 / January 2019

Dear Stargate,

Happy New Year!! I hope everyone is enjoying the time off for Winter Break.

In addition to the usual recap of recent and upcoming board meetings, I would like to take this opportunity to update you on two important community topics - our charter renewal and the corner lot development. 

I hope the information below is helpful and please feel free to reach out with any questions! (Governance@stargateschool.org)

Best Wishes,

Calley Herzog

Stargate Board President


AD12 Charter Renewal Process

There are three main events related to our charter renewal process:

  1. The District Accountability Committee (DAC) appoints a subcommittee to review our application, attend a school tour and then provide their findings and recommendation to the Adams 12 Board of Education (BOE).
  2. The AD12 Staff reviews our application, attends a school tour and then provides their recommendation to the AD12 Board of Education.
  3. The AD12 BOE votes on our charter renewal.


We are currently between steps 1 & 2!  The DAC provided a summary of their review and their recommendations regarding renewal of our charter to the AD12 BOE on December 19, 2018. The DAC highlighted several concerns they had during their review and the DAC recommendation was for a 2 year renewal with conditions. Fortunately, we were able to respond to several of the items in their review during our school’s presentation to the AD12 BOE at that same meeting.  There were also many community members in the audience and several opted to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting.  We appreciate the passion and perspective of every speaker who took the time to voice their opinion at this important meeting!  

Based on the feedback we got from the AD12 BOE at the Dec 19 meeting, we do not expect that they will take the DAC’s recommendation for a 2 year renewal with conditions.  The next step is that the Adams 12 Staff will make their recommendation to the AD12 BOE at the January 9 meeting.  We have been working collaboratively with the AD12 Staff all year and we expect the Staff recommendation to be different than that of the DAC. We look forward to their feedback and insight. We will be given an opportunity to provide additional information, if requested, to the Adams 12 Board on January 16, 2019.  The Adams 12 Board is scheduled to vote on our renewal application on February 6, 2019, but could vote sooner.  If you have questions about the charter renewal process please contact Calley Herzog (Calley.Herzog@stargateschool.org) or Teresa Thomson Walsh (Teresa.Walsh@stargateschool.org).  Thank you for your support.  We will continue to keep you informed as this important process proceeds.


Corner Development / Parking & Loop Access from 144th  

The Board’s role in this process is limited to negotiations with the developer, specifically regarding the new entrance only. Similar to sharing the cost of a fence that borders between two houses, this street will border the school facility and the retail development.  We have worked with Evergreen Development and the City of Thornton for more than two years to come up with a plan that works for our community.  Community meetings were held in May, November, and December to gather feedback to inform these negotiations. Our goal in these negotiations has been, and continues to be, being included in the project planning in an effort to influence the construction plans so that we improve our parking lot and traffic flow at the same time as the new construction. Collaborating with the developer in the planning stage allows us to coordinate our construction plans with theirs and share the costs.  To that end, the Board sent a letter  to the Thornton City Council expressing our support of the development project being proposed by Evergreen.

We do not have control over which developer the land owner sells the property to.  We also do not have control over the specific establishments that will occupy the buildings.  

The Thornton City Council controls zoning of the property. Current zoning is Business Park which would allow “urban village” uses (e.g. large business buildings, apartments, hotels, etc.). The developer is requesting to change the zoning to Community Retail which would allow smaller buildings and uses that are typically more compatible with a school. 

On December 18 the Thornton City Council had planned to hold a public hearing regarding the corner property. The agenda was amended to postpone the public hearing to the next council meeting on January 9. The postponement was based on a technicality regarding the posted signage regarding the public hearing.  The public hearing is your opportunity to voice your insights or concerns regarding the development.  You can find more information about Thornton City Council meetings here.

If you have not done so already, I encourage you to review the excellent summary provided by Lynne Allen, Doug Ryan and Apryl Sweat that was presented at their December 3 community meeting.

December Highlights

The Board voted to allocate the remaining bond funds to the development at 144th Avenue contingent upon Evergreen closing on the land.

The Board approved the questions for a staff survey to be conducted by a third party. The survey will collect important information regarding our school climate and effectiveness of remedial measures taken regarding retaliation. The Board also approved the annual parent survey questions to be conducted by our School Accountability Committee after winter break.  

The Board approved forming an ad hoc committee for hiring an Executive Director pursuant to Board Policy 1.11 with Samantha Howorko and Teresa Thomson Walsh serving as the required Board members.  The Board further approved inviting Kevin West, an Adams 12 staff member, to sit on the ad hoc committee.  OEHM Consulting is preparing the draft Executive Director position description which will be subject to Board approval before the position is posted.

Coming in January

The next regular Board meeting will be held January 23rd at 6:00pm in the Stargate Performance Arts building.

Proposed agenda items include:

  • Committee updates and any applicable charter revisions from: Grants, Community Relations Committee (CRC), Elections and School Accountability Committee (SAC).
  • The Board will: discuss progress towards goals as defined in the Strategic Plan, review/approve the Executive Director Job Description and review/approve the new Committee Handbook and Code of Conduct.

Notice of Board Meeting: December 12, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m.

posted Dec 10, 2018, 12:56 PM by Leah Choi

Meeting will be held in the Performing Arts Auditorium.
Full Agenda can be found here.

Notice of Board Meeting: November 28, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m.

posted Nov 27, 2018, 9:03 AM by Leah Choi   [ updated Nov 27, 2018, 9:05 AM ]

Meeting will be held in the Performing Arts Auditorium. 

Full Agenda can be found here.

Governance Board - Open Board Position

posted Oct 31, 2018, 10:47 AM by Lisa Griffin   [ updated Oct 31, 2018, 10:47 AM ]

Note - this notification was emailed to community members on October 25, 2018 via Infinite Campus email distribution.

Hello Stargate Community,

I am very sorry to announce Taylor Johnson's resignation from the Stargate Governance Board of Directors effective October 31, 2018. We are grateful to Taylor for the time she devoted to working on the Board and her invaluable contributions to our school.

According to our Bylaws, the Board must appoint a new member within 30 days to serve until the next election. Interested applicants should complete the online application (found HERE) no later than Monday, November 12.

As part of the process, all of those that apply will be interviewed by the Board during the next Board meeting. The Board will make a formal appointment by a majority vote at the Board Business meeting on Wednesday, November 28th at 6:00 PM. Note that if there are more than 3 applicants, the Board may schedule a separate meeting for conducting the interviews before the November 28th meeting, if candidate and Board member scheduling allows.

The appointed applicant will serve until the next election (May 2019).

Job Description

Purpose: To serve the Board of Directors for Stargate Charter School as a voting member, to develop policies for the operation of the organization, to monitor and evaluate its finances, programs and performance.

Time Requirement: Typically 10-12 hours per month, but can require more time when time sensitive issues arise. It includes board meetings, required training, events, committee meetings, and outside preparation time.

If you have specific questions about the application, the process for appointment, or what it means to serve on the Governance Board, contact a current Board Member or email recruiting@stargateschool.org

Thank You,

Calley Herzog, President
Stargate School Governance Board


Notice of Special Board Meeting: October 30, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.

posted Oct 29, 2018, 11:19 PM by Leah Choi

The Stargate Board of Directors will be holding a special meeting for an executive session on Tuesday, October 30 at Stargate at 6:00 PM in the secondary main office conference room. The proposed executive session is to receive advice from counsel per Colorado Revised Statute 24-6-402(4)(b).

 

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for November 28 at 6:00 PM at Stargate.

Board News: Approved Resolutions in Support of Upcoming Ballot Measures

posted Oct 22, 2018, 8:04 AM by Calley Herzog

Board Approved Resolutions in Support of Upcoming Ballot Measures

This November there will be two ballot measures presented to the voters that if passed would impact school funding. On October 17, 2018 the Stargate School Governance Board of Directors passed resolutions in support of both. The approved resolutions are available on the school website here:

Stargate School Resolution in Support of Ballot Issue 5C

Stargate School Resolution in Support of Amendment 73

 

Ballot Issue 5C - Adams 12 Mill Levy Override

The Adams 12 Board of Education is requesting voters to approve a property tax increase that would raise an additional $27 Million for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, including charter schools.

 

Amendment 73 - A statewide education funding measure

Amendment 73 will require support from 55% of the votes cast by Colorado residents. The tax increases would raise an additional $60 Million for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, including charter schools. The Adams 12 Board of Education has passed a resolution to support Amendment 73.

 

For additional information on Ballot Issue 5C and Amendment 73 visit: https://www.adams12.org/elevate/funding-proposal

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