Common Ground Board of Directors Agenda: May 23, 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

May 23, 2022

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Public Comment (5:30) (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 (6:00)

Invoices Needing Approval

  • Zangari Cohn $24,090.13– Lawyer fees 
  • Thurston Foods $11,199.19- monthly food costs
  • On May 13, 2022 the Finance Committee approved payments totalling $13,950 owed to Higher Heights. This is the vendor used for college guidance/preparation services this school year. 

Minutes of the April Board Meeting

School Calendar change: Eid-al-Fitr was on May 3, it is now May 2. Bob received 9 “yea” votes from board members approving the requested calendar change regarding the observation of Eid-al-Fitr. The change is approved.

Executive Director Report (6:30) (Monica )

Presentation of the draft FY 23 Budget (no vote )

Urban Farm Update (Deborah)

Audit Committee (7:00) (Deloris) 

Did not meet during the month of May 2022, there are no future meetings scheduled at this time. 

Building Committee (7:00) (Bev) Did not meet during the month of May 2022, plan to meet in June.

Development Committee Report (7:00) (Alexis)
Audrey has met with individual members of the Development Committee in the month of May. We have had great success with individual donors and are actively planning a donor gathering for early June.

Finance Committee Report (7:05) (Beth)

The Finance Committee met on May  13th to review the draft FY23 budget as well as Budget vs  Actuals as of April 30, 2022. The next meeting of the Finance Committee will be on June 20th at 4:30 pm.

Governance Committee Report (7:15) (Bob)

The Governance Committee met on May 19th. The discussion centered on prospective new board members, the ongoing negotiations with our union, and the annual Executive Director Evaluation. The next meeting of the committee will be Thursday, June 15th at 1:00 PM. 

School Committee Report (7:15) (Monica)

The School Committee did not meet in May. We are seeking information about the NHPS SY 22-23 calendar so we can create 1-2 draft calendars for staff feedback and board approval at the June board meeting.

New Business (7:20)

Executive Session

Adjourn (7:30)

Next Meeting: Monday, June 27, 2022 (via Zoom)

Annual Meeting of the Board: June 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, May 20th) and will close at 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting (Monday, May 23rd). 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 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting. All submitted documents will be included in the publicly shared meeting minutes.


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