Common Ground Board of Directors Agenda: March 28, 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

March 28, 2022


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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)  

Invoices Needing Approval

  • Thurston Foods $12,393.37 End of Feb and all of March food bills

Executive Director Report (6:10) (Monica)

  • Status of Development for FY 23 and Call to Action (Monica and Audrey)
  • Update on Child Nutrition Program (Bev)
  • Midyear data report from Common Ground High School (Cherry)

Audit Committee (6:30) (Deloris)

The Audit Committee has selected the new auditor, PKF O’Connor Davies LLP.  The firm has significant audit experience with CT charter schools. The next steps in the transition are now in the hands of staff and the audit committee won’t begin meeting again until they prepare to review the findings of the FY 22 audit in the fall of 2022.

Building Committee (6:30) (Bev) 

The building committee met on March 16th to discuss a proposed site for additional parking on Svigals is preparing a proposal for the costs of next steps including further site studies. The next meeting of the building committee is on Wednesday, April 20th where we hope to review the proposals before sharing with the board.

Development Committee Report (6:35) (Alexis + Charles)

The Development Committee met on Wednesday, March 16 to discuss upcoming fundraising events. The Great Give is approaching in May. In addition to spreading your profile pages that Aurora built – we hope to see everyone there. The Development Committee will also be asking all Board Members to support us in reaching our fundraising goals by the end of the year in NEW ways. All hands on deck.

Finance Committee Report (6:50) (Beth)

The Finance Committee met on March 17th to review budget vs actuals as of February 28th.   Please direct questions to Treasurer 

Governance Committee Report (6:50) (Bob)

The Governance Committee met on March 22, 2022 and reviewed the board member application from Abby Roth. Attached here is Abby’s application and her brief bio. The committee unanimously recommended that the board approve Abby for membership. The committee also established the Labor Committee and recommended that the board authorize this group to negotiate the terms of a new contract between the board and UAW Local 2110, representing Common Ground staff. The next regular meeting of the committee is April 19, 2022. Questions can be directed to

School Committee Report (6:55) (Monica)

The School Committee met on Thursday, March 24th to review proposed student handbook amendments as well as the need to add June 30th as a final school day (due to an additional weather-related closure). The school committee requesst the board approve THESE AMENDMENTS To the student handbook for implementation in the current school year. 

New Business (7:00)

Executive Session

Adjourn (7:30)

Next Meeting: Monday, February 28th 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, February 25th) and will close at 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting (Monday, February 28th). 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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