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Star News: News from the Board 8/31/15

posted Sep 16, 2015, 9:25 AM by Calley Herzog   [ updated Sep 16, 2015, 9:25 AM by Lisa Griffin ]
News from the Board:
"In case you missed it":  The Board met on August 26th for a regular business meeting where they reviewed and approved the admissions policies for K-8 and the High School for the 2016-2017 school year; discussed the expansion project status; identified the need for Accountability Committee members (2 parents and 2 staff open seats) and Recruiting Committee members (4 parents and 3 staff open seats) and agreed to add a question to the fall election ballot on Bylaws approval; discussed methods for increasing participation in elections/voting; discussed options for attracting grants; approved funding for the spring Gala Fundraiser; reviewed and approved the Executive Director's goals for the school year; Assigned committee charter updates to each board member to be reviewed at the strategic planning session on September 25; and planned the communication to Stakeholders at Curriculum nights on September 8-9.
Upcoming Board Meetings: 
The Board generally meets once per month for regular business meetings.  The full meeting schedule for the 2015-2016 school year is posted on the bulletin board in front of the school and on the governance website.  Meeting agendas are always posted on the governance website before the meeting and minutes from those meetings are posted as soon as they are approved.

September 8-9:  Meet the Board at Curriculum Night for a Stakeholders Presentation
September 25th:  Strategic Planning Session (details tbd)
*Note that the September Board Meeting has been canceled
October 21st:  Business Meeting at 6:30 PM at Stargate
Stargate Governance 101:
Where can I find details about what the Governance Board is doing? All minutes from the Board meetings are published to the governance website as soon as they are approved (typically at the following Board meeting). You can also attend a Board meeting any time to get up to the minute information on the expansion, school finances, volunteer opportunities, and school highlights. Agendas are posted on the governance website 2 days before each meeting.

If you have a question for the board, please send an email to

Fall Elections:
The proposed changes to the Bylaws were not accepted because the minimum number of required votes was not achieved (specific results can be found on the election website). You'll get another opportunity to vote during the fall elections. The Board will be available to answer questions during Curriculum Night or you can send them to Your voice is critical for this vote.

Call for Volunteers:
There are a lot of opportunities to get involved with governance of the school.  The Accountability Committee and the Recruiting Committee will have elections in September to fill several open seats. The Accountability Committee is made up of parents and staff who provide support to the Board through surveys of the community and reviewing the Unified Improvement Plan for submission to the District. The Recruiting Committee helps find volunteers for committees and the Board. These are great opportunities to get experience in committees at Stargate.

Nominations will be open from September 7-11 and voting will occur September 21-25. This time applications will be completed online. If you have questions about serving on either committee, or the application, send an email to

Board Thank You:
A big thank you from the Board to the Community Relations Committee for their fantastic efforts at the Back to School Carnival. Another thank you to Jan Weingardt for her outstanding support of the School Kidz school supplies fundraiser.