Common Ground Board of Directors Agenda: Sept. 27, 2021


PLEASE NOTE: In order to comply with adjusted CT Open Meeting laws, this Zoom meeting will be recorded and posted on the Common Ground website


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Board Meeting Agenda

September 27, 2021


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Public Comment (5:35) (two minutes per person for a total time limit of 30 minutes, or by email; see instructions below) Sign up for Public Participation HERE

Business Requiring Approval (6:05)  

  • August 30, 2021 Meeting Minutes
  • Thurston $8,077.97, food and supply orders for School Lunches
  • All Performance Environmental Monthly bills for this fiscal year, $5157.25 per month until June 30, 2022
  • Corporate Systems Consulting $49,024.00. See invoice detail here, chromebooks and staff laptops for Emergency Connectivity Fund Application
  • Henry, Raymond & Thompson $9,950 for annual audit of CGHS finances, EFS review, State Single Audit, and Federal Uniform Guidance Audit
  • Legend Holdings $18,922.00 (NHEP will pay $5108.94, CGHS will pay $13,813.06) Capital contribution for new benefits system 

Invoices Needing Approval

Executive Director Report (6:10) (Monica)

  • Beginning of School Year Report from CGHS School Director
  • Covid update
    • All classes and students in person
    • 1 confirmed case of Covid in September; 17 unvaccinated close contacts were quarantined; 0 cases of in school transmission
    • 100% compliance with Vaccine Mandate for staff (1 religious exemption)

Audit Committee (6:30)

The Audit Committee did not meet in September – pending the completion of the FY21 audit

Building Committee (6:30)

The Building Committee met on September 22 to review progress on building plans and consider short term solutions to parking challenges on campus

Development Committee Report (6:35)

Members of the Development Committee met on September 21 to complete an “Art of the Ask” training with Development Director Kimball Cartwright. Upcoming:

  • Special Board member match fund
  • Audrey will be in touch in October with a request to get notes to go out with Gratitude Reports.
  • Development team transitions

Finance Committee Report (6:45) (Beth)

The Finance committee will meet on September 27th prior to the board meeting, to review August financials and discuss a report on revenue sources generated by Treasurer Beth Klingher.

Governance Committee Report (6:50) (Bob)

The governance Committee did not meet in September. An intern from the Yale School of Divinity will join the governance committee this year to support bylaws re-write and inclusive strategic planning. 

School Committee Report (6:55) (Monica)

The School Committee met on September 9th to discuss a policy agenda and recurring agenda for the year. 

New Business (7:00)

Executive Session

Adjourn (7:30)

Next Meeting: Monday, October, 25th

Public Comment: 

In order to comply with adjusted Connecticut Open Meeting laws, any member of the public wishing to participate in the meeting must sign up on the Public Participation Sign-up Document. Sign-ups for Public Participation will open at 5 pm on the last business day before the meeting (Friday, September 24th) and will close at 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting (Monday, September 27th). Public Participation is limited to 2 minutes per person up to 30 total minutes. Anyone wishing to make a statement to the board can also submit testimony in writing to  by 5:30 pm on the day of the meeting. All submitted documents will be included in the publicly shared meeting minutes.


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