Common Ground Board of Directors Agenda: Jan 24, 2022

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

January 24, 2022 `

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Business Requiring Approval (6:05)  

Invoices Needing Approval

  • Thurston Foods $5,188.21 for Dec. Food Supply Orders
  • Larosa Earth Group $16,588.00 for Compost Site Improvements, holding payment until we get USDA reimbursement
  • Henry, Raymond & Thompson LLC $6,275.00 for final audit bill and reconciling audit results

Executive Director Report (6:10) (Monica)

  • CGHS Update

Audit Committee (6:30)

The Audit Committee met on January 6. 2022.  Three new audit firms have been contacted, and the next steps are to share information requested by the firms and schedule meetings with the firms to meet with Audit Committee and Finance Committee members.

Building Committee (6:30) (Bev) The building committee did not meet in January. We received the wetlands survey report and are scheduling a meeting with the city wetlands supervisor to better understand options for building on our site. We anticipate that meeting to happen before the next board meeting and will report on that information then. The Building Committee is scheduled to meet next on February 16th.  

Development Committee Report (6:35)

The Development Committee will meet on January 27th to discuss the EOY appeal results, development team hiring status and review a forecast of development activities for the upcoming two months. The committee would like to shout out all of the board members who supported the EOY appeal which has already exceeded our goal of $30K and has almost reached our stretch goal of $35K! 

Finance Committee Report (6:45) (Beth)

December 2021 Budget Vs. Actuals with EOY projections

The Finance committee will meet on January 24th to review budget vs. Actuals as of December 31, 2021 with EOY projections and cash on hand. The next meeting of the Finance committee will be on February 23rd . Interested parties can contact Treasurer 

Governance Committee Report (6:50) (Bob)

The Governance committee met on January 18th. The discussion was primarily about current board members whose terms will be ending and the importance of recruitment of new board members. Our next meeting will be on February 15th at 10:00. If interested, contact 

School Committee Report (6:55) (Monica)

The School committee met on January 13th to discuss educator questions about grading clarity for students who miss school for health reasons as well as to begin the discussion on how to make up the 5 days of school that have been lost to inclement weather/Covid. The school leadership team has a draft calendar that they will get feedback on before asking the board for approval. However, the committee agrees that it’s necessary to plan to have school on February 22nd (initially a day off).  The School Committee asks the board to amend the school calendar to hold school on February 22nd in advance of a full calendar revision to be brought to the board at the February meeting. 

The committee will meet again on February 17th at 4 pm. .Anyone who would like to add items for the committee’s consideration or attend the meeting should email

New Business (7:00)

Executive Session

Adjourn (7:30)

Next Meeting: Monday, February 28, 2022

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, December 17th) and will close at 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting (Monday, December 20th). 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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