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Board Minutes Jan 14 2021

Board of Horizons K-8 School

January 14th, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:21 pm

Meeting held virtually via Zoom

Facilitators: Tyler Currie / Lucas Ketzer
Note Taker: Hope Nelson-Roohr (non-member)
Minutes: Geary Layne
Timekeeper: Paul Ramer

Process Observer: Karen Wolfer

Call to Order:  6:00pm
Beth Coleman, Geary Layne, Karen Wolfer, Lucas Ketzer, Mike Ashmore, Paul Ramer, Peter Hegelbach, Rachel Buckley, Teran Sittner, Tyler Currie

Arrived Late:  Julie Cohen, Alex Osias


Quorum established

Guests: Many present

Public Comment: 

  • Public comment was given by Alex Rose, Shelly Miller, and Jessica Hogan including presentation
  • Public comment was given by Ryan Conrad
  • Public comment was given by Leslie Brown

Consent Agenda:

  • Approve January 14th Agenda
  • Prior Minutes: December 9, 2020

Motion – Mike Ashmore

Motion to approve consent items

Second –  Paul Ramer

Head of School Updates:

  • Partnership with WEEAC
    • On Jan 11th 2021, faculty participated in another session
      • This session focused on privilege
    • On Feb 15th 2021, session will be led by Vernon Jones and is open to the community
      • No issue in attending this session even if one missed the previous
  • Five Year budget update
    • Faculty budget committee came up with three scenarios to achieve a 5 year balanced budget
    • Updated budget projections from BVSD, including implication of new charter contract, necessitates adjustments
    • Goal is to have a balanced 5 year budget by springtime

Update on in-person/home learning decision making-process:

  • Horizons is committed to be a brick and mortar school and is striving to return to full time in persons learning
    • Safety for the community and logistic constraints are driving the decision
  • Horizons will continue to follow school decision making policy
    • It is import to continue to get input for the community

Motion – Tyler Currie

Moves to extend by 5 minutes

Second – Paul Ramer


  • Conversation continued

FY21 revised budget adoption:

  • Only substantive change is the removal all revenue and expenses tied to travel or trips
  • Drawdown of reserves in the amount of $299K 
    • Based on most recent BVSD projections
  • Budget will be sent to the district.
  • Previous Board decision reinstituted step increases but did not reinstitute annual leave payout 
    • However, annual leave was present in budget presented

Motion – Lucas Ketzer

Moves to approve budget with annual leave zeroed out

Second – Julie Cohen


Charter Contract Negotiations:

Motion – Tyler Currie

Move to go into executive session to discuss positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations regarding the charter contract pursuant to CRS 24-6-402 (4) (e)

Second – Paul Ramer


Entered executive session at 7:20

Meeting extended to complete discussion 

Exited executive session at 8:20

Process Observer: 

  • Respectful discussion 
  • Stayed on time until the end
  • Levity during difficult conversations

Adjourn at 8:21 PM