Board Memo – March 16

Board Memo – March 16
Posted on 03/16/2017

Dear RMAE Community:
Thanks to all who attended the March 9 Board meeting. For those not in attendance, we would like to provide an update on noteworthy discussion items from the meeting.

The search for a new school Director/Principal continues. Five candidates have applied to-date, and the 15-Member Search Committee will continue to accept applications through the end of March before proceeding with the hiring process as outlined in our last Board letter. Please refer any potential candidates to the job description/application which is posted on the RMAE website. We will continue to keep you informed as the process moves along.

The next major discussion topic concerned spring elections for the school’s Board of Directors, including how many Board seats, if any, to put up for election. The Board’s informal February survey received a strong response, with approximately fifty percent of parents & staff indicating a preference to postpone elections until next school year, while the remaining fifty percent preferred either putting three or five Board seats up for election this spring. While carefully considering this input, as well as our desire to perpetuate stability for the School’s governing body, the Board reached a general consensus that the School would be best served by putting three Board seats up for election in the spring. Upon the recommendation of the Policy Committee, we also expect to make a change to the School Bylaws which would extend the Board term to three years from the present two-year term, thus providing for a balanced rotation of the 9- member Board over time. These changes are expected to be reviewed and voted on at the April Board meeting, and a preliminary budget for the 2017-18 school year is also expected to be presented for Board review and approval as well.

Lastly, the Board discussed several related matters regarding the RMAE Preschool. With the Preschool lease up for renewal at the end of this year, and the overall budgetary challenges of supporting the Preschool next year given lower than anticipated Preschool enrollment for 2017-18 (as well as the K-8 school’s own anticipated budget challenges for 2017-18), the Board decided that it would not take action to renew the facilities lease with Congregation Beth Evergreen (CBE). However, based on intentions expressed by CBE, we do expect that a preschool program, (likely in the same form/structure as the present program), will be offered next year, albeit under the management and direction of CBE rather than in direct affiliation with RMAE. Please direct any questions concerning this topic to Dr. Stueven.

One final note that RMAE Annual Giving campaign continues, with your generous donations pushing the school close to 60% of its fundraising target of $45,000. Thank you all for your generous support of the school. Contributions are still welcome – online donation link here – and again, your support of RMAE is very much appreciated!

Most Sincerely,

Your Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen Board of Directors:
Kyle Stults, President
Mike Geiger, Secretary
Gil Gomez, Treasurer
Amy Broxterman, Vice President
Jim Good, Parent Representative
Chris Lindsay, Parent Representative
Todd Crosbie, Parent Representative
Jon Warner, Parent Representative
Don Middleton, Community Rep

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