Governing Council Update, May 2014
Spring is in the air and the seeds of change are taking root!
In August 2011 the Wheat Ridge campus of Mountain Phoenix welcomed its first students. School enrollment increased from 40 students of 20 families (at the mountain campus in Coal Creek Canyon) to nearly 400 students of over 200 families in just a matter of months, a minor miracle and a huge blessing. Today Mountain Phoenix has nearly 500 students and 300 families in our community. We have an amazing faculty, supported by an experienced and visionary administration, who skillfully balance Waldorf curriculum with Colorado Department of Education standards — no small achievement.
In light of this success, why delve into the task of analyzing the effectiveness of Mountain Phoenix bylaws and policies?
One responsibility of the Mountain Phoenix Governing Council (GC) is to support and nurture the long term health and sustainability of the school. In its review of the school’s governance and organization structure, the GC concluded that there are gaps, ambiguities, and in some cases, contradictions, in Mountain Phoenix bylaws and policies. This conclusion is not shocking; many young organizations that grow very rapidly over a short period of time find it necessary to re-visit operating policies and procedures, and to modify them in order to respond to changing conditions.
Last spring, in light of this discovery, the GC decided to initiate a movement towards a governance and organization structure that exemplifies Waldorf principles. The GC’s aim is to engage the school community in this process, with participation by Mountain Phoenix administration, faculty, staff, parents, and experts from outside the school community who can advise on specific issues.
Accomplishing this goal is neither easy nor quick. Change is not easy and there have been hiccups along the way. While more hiccups may occur from time to time, it is the GC’s hope that everyone in the community will come together to support the creation of an infrastructure that will enable Mountain Phoenix to thrive, now and in the future.
To this end, the GC has created a task force made up of four community representatives:
- Maggie Payne (Mountain Phoenix founder and school parent)
- Dr. Donna Long (Executive Director)
- Karen Bailey (Faculty member)
- Don Toups (Governing Council member and school parent)
If you would like to add your voice to this project, please feel free to contact any of the task force members, or any member of the GC, to learn more about the task force and how you can contribute. Contact the board: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Carver Model Governance Policy : Governing-Policy-Bylaws
The Governing Council is currently reviewing all school policies for integrity and consistency. We will be posting all of them here once they are complete.