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Star News: News from the Board 1/15/14

posted Jan 13, 2014, 10:30 AM by Calley Herzog   [ updated Jan 13, 2014, 10:30 AM by Lisa Griffin ]
News from the Board:
"In case you missed it": The Board met on January 11th for its required annual retreat.  During the retreat, they completed their annual self-assessment and set goals for continued improvement for recruitment of Committee and Board members, for the KPI dashboard, for updating committee charters for better goal alignment, and documenting a new Board member orientation program.  You can expect an update on the status of these goals later in the year.  The annual retreat is a requirement of the School Bylaws and is an opportunity for the Board to work strategically to set goals, although no formal decisions are made as it is outside of a regular business meeting.

The Board met on December 18th for its regular monthly business meeting.  During the meeting they were presented with an update from the 3/4 team on the economics fair, allocated funding for incentives to complete the community satisfaction survey, reviewed board training needs, tasked the Accountability Committee with adding some user guidelines to the communication pathways, discussed committee status with the high school investigation, and completed the mid-year review of the Principal.
At the January 15, 2014 Board Meeting, the board will receive a recommendation from the Principal and the high school investigation committees on whether or not to start phase one of expansion plans to potentially develop a Stargate High School.  Phase one would mean adding students to the Kindergarten, First and Second grades for the next school year in order to start the process for adding students to support a high school.  The Board is looking for community input about this as well as expansion to a high school.  Please send questions or comments to or to

Upcoming Board Meetings:
January 15th: Business Meeting at 6:30 PM at Stargate - High School Discussion

February 19th: Business Meeting at 6:30 PM at Stargate

Stargate Governance 101:

Why is Stargate considering expanding to a high school?  The Administration and Board are working together, along with a dedicated group of parent volunteers, to investigate the option of expanding our school through 12th grade.  Many of our students are finding that traditional high schools may not be challenging enough or they are not able to meet their unique gifted needs.  Please join the Board on January 15th at the regular business meeting to discuss the recommendations of the investigation committee on whether or not to start moving forward with plans for a high school expansion.