3.25.2019 Board Meeting Agenda

Meeting of the Board

Date: March 25, 2019

Location: The Dallas Law Group Conference Room, Thomson, GA

Members Invited: All founding board members plus board consultants and contractors.


  1. Take picture documentation for website / social media.
  2. Call to Order (Facilitated by the co-founders unless otherwise noted.)
    1. Mission: Our school’s mission is to educate and learn with engagement, innovation, and passion. (Board reads together)
    2. Vision: Our vision is to create a model school that is a paradigm of positive school culture, hybrid learning, community partnerships, and engaging teaching in order to produce students who are workforce prepared or college ready critical thinkers and active members of our society. Our students will graduate as job-ready members of our society. We will strive to offer rigorous, college and career readiness lessons and classes with a wide variety of dual enrollment, apprenticeship, and fine arts options. (Mr. Moore)
    3. Pledge to the Flag of the United States (Mr. Moore)
    4. Prayer (Mrs. Pollock)
    5. Introductions (Mrs. Pollock)
    6. Words of Inspiration (Mrs. Cowart from the State Board of Education)
    7. Establishing a Quorum

*There will be no open floor for members of the public until we have adopted our school policies.

  1. Adoption of Public Agenda and Old Business
    1. Review and Adopt mission, vision, and target students.
      1. Target Students: Our target students are students from poverty, gifted students, and special education students or any student who believes in being part of a supportive family-like atmosphere, where each student receives daily individual attention and is encouraged to grow to the level of his or her potential in being prepared for the student’s individualized life plan. We serve students who want “something different” than the traditional public high school. We hope to attract students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and needs.
    2. Review and Adopt Amended Articles of Incorporation
    3. Review and Adopt Bylaws
    4. Review bids for the Opening of a Corporate Bank Account
      1. Farmers State Bank (Renae Connor)
      2. SunTrust Bank (Brittney Dyson)
      3. SRP Credit Union (Glenn Howell)
    5. Vote to Approve Banking Account (we will schedule a meeting with the bank representative with co-founders, officers, and signers for a later date)
    6. Discuss and approve accounting period and tax year. Our proposal is to run our fiscal year from July 1 to June 30 in keeping with the Department of Education’s fiscal year.
    7. Discuss status of pending community partnerships.
      1. Augusta Tech (Penny Lowe)
      2. Thomson-McDuffie County Leisure and Recreation Services / Sweetwater (Monte Ashcraft)
      3. Augusta University, College of Education (Jackie Creasy)
      4. 4H Extension Services (Tish Kersey)
      5. Goodwill Industries (Miranda Wertz)
      6. Archway Partnership, University of Georgia (Sam Perren)
      7. McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce (Debbie Jones)
      8. Columbia County Chamber of Commerce (Tammy Shepherd)
      9. Georgia Learning Resources System (Lisa Hill)
      10. Planned Industry Partnerships (KaMin, Thiele Kaolin, GBI Cyber Crime Center, AU Cyber Security, Georgia Pacific, Georgia Power, University McDuffie, McDuffie Animal Hospital, Ron Clark Academy)
  2. Move to Executive Session with Invited Members (Board Members, Founding Members, and Board Consultants only) for New Business
    1. Discuss Board vacancy.
    2. Motion to Approve Mr. Alex Cawthon as a Board Consultant for industry partnerships.
    3. Motion to Approve Mrs. Cortney Elam, Esq. as Board Attorney.
    4. Motion to Approve Bobby Culpepper, DeFoor Realty, as Board Realtor.
    5. Discuss and approve fundraising goal of $500,000 by June 30, 2020. We would need to raise partial amounts by particular deadlines to be discussed later.
    6. Discuss and adopt financial procedures (see Financial Policies Manual).
    7. Discuss and adopt salary schedule (see Salary Schedule).
    8. Discuss Launch Party.
  3. Adjourn
    1. Propose New Business for April 2nd meeting.
      1. Discuss and approve Charter Petition documents and accompanying policies.
        1. Share petition with board and board consultants on March 26.
        2. Discuss petition at April 2 board meeting.
        3. Teleconference vote to approve petition on April 9.
        4. Official petition due to the SCSC on April 12.
    2. Discuss plan of action and adjourn.
      1. Scheduled Board Meetings: April 2, April 16.