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Board Minutes Jan 9 2020

Board of Horizons K-8 School

Jan 9th, 2020
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facilitators: Paul Martin / Lucas Ketzer
Note Taker: Hope Nelson-Roohr (non-member)
Minutes: Geary Layne
Timekeeper: Peter Hegelbach
Process Observer: Tyler Currie

Call to Order:  6:00pm
Alex Osias, Allison Akhnoukh, Beth Coleman, Geary Layne, Julie Cohen, Karen Wolfer, Lucas Ketzer, Paul Martin, Peter Hegelbach, Teran Sittner, Tyler Currie


Quorum established

Arrived after Call to Order:

Paul Ramer – 6:07pm


Welcome & Invitation for  public comments:
Approval of Agenda:
Motion – Lucas Ketzer (with adjustments to time allotment for two topics)

Second – Geary Layne

Concorded, Paul Ramer not yet present

Approval of Minutes:

Motion – Tyler Currie (with a few corrections)

Second – Lucas Ketzer 


Head of School Report:

  • Finance Review Committee (FRC) met yesterday
  • Thursday School Accountability Committee (SAC) is meeting to look at climate data
  • Faculty will receive “intent to return” letters in late January, thus we will be able to plan for next year hiring
  • Open Enrollment
    • 36 openings in Kindergarten
    • 5 other openings (at this time)
    • Wait lists sufficient to insure full enrollment next year
  • Lucas and Karen will attend BVSD hosted Kagan Strategies meeting
  • Lucas and Karen attended District Leadership Team (DLT) 

Decision Making Matrix:

  • More work done, social and emotional learning (SEL) section complete
    • SEL committee will be formed to explore and evaluate SEL curriculum

Principal Evaluation/Hiring Committee:

  • Board members received Head of School survey results
  • Paul Martin and Allison shared evaluation with Lucas
  • Faculty recused themselves
  • Discussion regarding offering the permanent Head of School position to Lucas

Motion – Alex Osias

Extend offer of permanent contract as Head of School to Lucas

Second – Paul Ramer

Concorded, Faculty Board Members Abstained

  • Board’s intent to make offer will be posted to community via Skylines

Finance Review:

  • Joan and Lucas prepare mid year budget revision
  • Board will decide on approving revised budget at special meeting on Jan 16th
  • BVSD advised that 2016 mil levy will provide more money than originally budgeted
  • Peak to Peak and Summit are contesting BVSD interpretation of 2005 mil levy
  • Lucas and Tyler are working on questions regarding purchased services from BVSD

Development Committee:

  • One person will be joining Karen and Alex
  • Working on ideas for paddle raisers
  • Start valentines day moolah push

Charter Renewal:

  • BVSD is mostly done with Initial look thru of renewal application
  • Most areas scored 3 (satisfactory)
  • Couple things to address
    • Clean up language of vision and mission
    • Need to adjust teacher evaluation process to be compliant with Colorado Senate Bill 10-191 and include state standardized testing results
  • Margaret Crespo will finalize the rubric and writes narrative and then negotiations will begin next week
  • Council will need to approve the final contract

Mill Levy Override:

  • Talked to lawyers and lobbyist at League
  • Litigation is not wise since we are in the midst of charter negotiations
  • Will keep abreast with litigation by Peak to Peak and Summit

May Board meeting:

  • Meeting will be rescheduled for May 12 to avoid conflict with 8th grade aperture

Process Observer:

  • We did well
  • Good time management

Adjourned: 8:00pm