GC Meeting Summary – September 2015

The Governing Council convened its regularly-scheduled monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Highlights of the meeting are as follows:

Director Reports

Written reports were submitted by both directors. The Director of Operations discussed Stewardship Day and the projects on campus that were completed.

Committee Reports

Parent Council reported on planning of the Harvest Festival and Michelmas as well as a robust Parent Enrichment schedule. Many of the events have been well attended and engagement is up. The Pizza Friday survey that went out to the community is still gathering input and they are in the process of analyzing results. There was general discussion about the structure of Parent Council, Foundation, and the Governing Council and more conversation and direction is needed to add clarity to the role of Parent Council.

The Foundation is geared up for Fun Run on October 1 and is working on the next fundraiser, which is the Annual Give.

Board Committees each gave oral reports. The board voted on the MPCS Branding guidelines and discussed the need for further marketing policies outlining the use of the brand. The board also agreed to the MarCom Committee working on a Governance Map for approval by the Governing Council that will help to clarify the roles of the different bodies of the organization.

New Business

The Governing Council Representatives officially signed the newly adopted Statement of Agreement laying the expectations for Council Representatives. They also discussed and agreed to the high-level goals for the year with action items that were discussed at the retreat. High-Level goals are as follows:

  • Goal 1 – Clarify vision, mission, and curriculum framework for 2016 charter renewal
  • Goal 2 – Ensure all policies are in place by June 2016
  • Goal 3 – Develop long-term financial strategy

The Council voted to enter into the pre-qualifing process with the Alliance for Public Waldorf. They also created an Ad-Hoc Committee to revisit the mission and vision statements and an Ad-Hoc Committee for the Charter Renewal process for 2016. They discussed the “To Do” list for the Policy Task Force to ensure that all automatic waivers would have replacement policies created and in place by the end of the year. The Council shared thoughts on where the school was at in its development and abilities to consider a high school in the future but more information needs to be provided by the High School Research Committee for a thorough evaluation.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Governing Council will be on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room.