Board News February 2018

Honey Creek Community School
Minutes of December 20, 2017


Board members present: Megan Masson-Minock, Victoria Bennett, Bryan Cole, Bridgette Carr, Melanie Hagan, Barnaby Pung                      

Staff and Community members present: Al Waters, Shellee Almquist, Mary Bassett, Sue Hofbauer, Jennifer Crayne.


Public Participation

  • None


Consent Agenda, Action Item

  • November Board Minutes, Financial Report. Expenses, and School Age Programs, AS-L & ICT Report were reviewed and approved by all board members present.


Board Spotlight

  • Enrollment Diversity (Al Waters)
  1. Will be looking into current lottery process in order to increase diversity in the school as was addressed in the November meeting.


Directors Report

  • AdvancED standards have changed and will be shared with governance committee. See attached Avance-Ed performance standards included in packet. Will be necessary to have the board faculty and administration report per mandated changes.
  • TerraNova assessments results will be returned to the school in early January.
  • Title 2 grant has been approved, and the activities in Title 4 grant have been conditionally approved. Modifications to the school’s Single Building District Improvement Plan must be made for full approval.
  • Enrollment Meetings are scheduled for January 16 at 5:30 pm and January 20th at 10 am.
  • Question about upcoming board/staff lunch: Possible to hold it on Jan 26th? (records day)
  • Al will be sending a poll for faculty feedback


Faculty Liaison Report

  • Nothing to report


Foundation Liaison Report

  • Over $2,000 raised from Facebook group for Giving Tuesday
  • Friday January 26th. Noon. Faculty lunch. Nothing new reported for faculty report.
  • Foundation board now has liability insurance
  • Question was asked at last meeting about how Foundation donations are accounted for in the budget. It is accounted for under miscellaneous revenue in the budget.


PTO Report

  • Bridgette Carr attended. Low attendance due to time the meeting is scheduled for, lots questions from attendees about the budget, new principal questions positive discussion, board vs foundation confusion from PTO they like having different people from the board go to the PTO meetings. Meeting time is likely to change. Issues with navigating PTO website. Maintenance and redesign plans were discussed. Topic for future discussion: website changes and updates are to be coordinated with the Communications Committee.


Strategic Committees


  • Finance Committee – Bridgette Carr
    • No responses to questions about the budget


  • Governance Committee – Bryan Cole
    • Nothing to report.


  • Communications/Outreach Committee – Andy Sheibar
    • Website redesign was discussed. Hang on track for goals set in previous board meetings concerning the communication plan as well as managing social media for Honey Creek Community School. Should become someone’s official job duties instead of a volunteer basis for managing social media sites to improve overall quality and contingency.
    • Al looking for cheaper site improvement services for website maintenance. To be followed up in January meeting.


  • Sustainability Committee – Barnaby Pung
    • Detailed summary report of budget was provided by Megan Rodgers’s request from last board meeting. Continuing to follow the development plan.
    • Grant research is time consuming and not always successful. Discussion about how to streamline the process order to maximize funds from Grants followed.
    • Budget allocations for principal position. Search committee would be formed to handle findings/interviewing salary needs to be competitive with Ann Arbor schools.
    • Sustainability measured to be 600 students for the school which is far higher than current attendance.
    • Motion to approve the budget for 2017-2018 as is, was unanimous.


  • Facilities Committee – Bryan Cole*
    • Nothing to report


*To be taken off future agenda


Old Business

  • Motioned to approve budget as is. Motion passes unanimously.
  • Three-year process approved by WISD two weeks ago, pre-approved by state. Articles of Incorporations approved unanimously.
  • Superintendent/Executive Director evaluation


New Business

  • Advanced-Ed needs to keep track of training on Google Sheet. 5 year process. leadership/resource cap.acity. Annual report filed based on standards.


Board Kudos

  • Mary Bassett, Dianne Baker, Laura Krinock, and Sue Hofbauer for attending the ICT training.
  • Marta England for running the after school Make-One-Take-One art class to supply the craft fair.
  • Elizabeth Scott and Johnny Thompson (with help from Teresa Gonzalez and Jeannie Crayne) for directing the after school theater production of “The Show Must Go On.”
  • Jon Baek, Jessica P’Simer, Cheryl Quinn, Sherry Mackay, and Jen Alexander for leading the LEGO and FTC teams.
  • Jamie Krawke and Amie Anderson, and all the parent volunteers and student crafters who made this year’s craft sale a tremendous success.


Coming Meetings/Events

  • December 25-29, 2017 Winter Break/No School
  • January 15, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day/No School
  • January 16 Enrollment Meeting 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • January 19 Curriculum Celebration 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • January 20 Enrollment Meeting 10:00 am-12:00 noon
  • January 26 Records day


Public Participation

  • None



  • Meeting adjourned at 7:24 pm
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, January 24 @ 5:30 pm

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