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Star News: News from the Board September 2, 2014

posted Aug 29, 2014, 6:14 AM by Calley Herzog   [ updated Aug 29, 2014, 6:14 AM by Lisa Griffin ]
News from the Board:
"In case you missed it": The Board met this summer on May 28th, June 18th and July 16th for regular business meetings. In May, the Board received a summary of the school's accomplishments in the 2013-2014 school year, including student growth demonstrated from MAPS testing; reviewed and agreed with an anti-bullying program to be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year, including the "No Place for Hate" program and the Second Step Program; received an update from the Architect, Slaterpaull, that will be designing the new school campus; recognized the new chair of the finance committee, Matt Herzog, the new chair of the fundraising committee, Denise Vitt, and the new chair of the website committee, Lisa Griffin; accepted the school's Form 990; approved spending for mobile technology, including 51 laptops; approved the New Board Member Orientation Policy; completed a review of the Board self-assessment with the Accountability Committee; and began the end of year review of the Principal. In June the Board renewed Mr. Cochran's contract as Principal; reviewed and approved the parent and staff handbooks; approved the supplemental budget for the new school year; and approved the contract between Stargate and Adams 12 School District. In July, the Board swore in our newest member, Kristen Kelly; set Board officers, committee liaisons, meeting schedule, and election timeline for the 2014-2015 school year; and approved an Administration Succession Planning Policy.
The latest meeting of the Board was held on August 20th where the Board reviewed and approved the Admissions policy for Kindergarten through 8th Grade (required annually); reviewed and approved staff salary increases; reviewed the 2014-2015 fundraising plan; approved the Principal's goals for new school year; signed the board handbook/agreements; and began the process of reviewing current Board policies.
Upcoming Board Meetings:
September 9-10: Meet the Board at Curriculum Night for a Stakeholders Presentation (Board members will be available before and after your meetings with the teachers to answer any questions and share what they are working on)
September 17th: Business Meeting at 6:30 PM at Stargate
September 19th: Strategic Planning Session (details tbd)
October 15th: Business Meeting at 6:30 PM at Stargate
Stargate Governance 101:
When does the Board meet?  The Governance Board generally meets once per month for regular business meetings, usually on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  The full meeting schedule for the 2014-2015 school year is posted n 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.  All Board meetings are open to the public.

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

Fall Elections:
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. If you're interested in volunteering, submit your application to by September 12. Applications can be found in section 7 of the forms and files page.