Common Ground Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: February 27, 2023


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


New Haven Ecology Project

February 27, 2023 

Zoom Recording


Present:Bob Parker, Alexis Smith, Beth Klingher, Monica Maccera Filppu, Peter Ludwig, Abigail Roth, Terri Snell, Patience Christopher, Errol Saunders, Jen Burke, Chris Hayes, Jeff Carter, Ky Andersson, Charles Negaro

Staff: Elena Augusewicz, Rebecca Holcombe, Bev Green, Cherry Pacquette Emmanuel, Deborah Greig

Public: N/A

Welcome (5:34pm)

Bob called the meeting to order at 5:34pm

Public Comment: N/A

Business Requiring Approval (5:34pm)

Beth moved to approve the January Board Minutes, Abby seconded the motion to approve the January Board Minutes. The minutes were approved with one abstention. 

Minutes of the January Board Meeting

Invoices Needing Approval

Abigail moved to approve all of the invoices listed below. Jeff seconded the motion to approve all listed invoices. The motion passed unanimously.

  • Elm Shakespeare Company $8000: Teaching semester-long Foundations of Acting course. $4,850 charged to Barr Implementation. The other $3,150 is charged to Barr WLE Sustainability Award.
  • Zangari Cohen $6502.84
  • ABM Cleaning $7177 per month, to replace the existing cleaning contract. Approved monthly payment through June 30, 2023
  • Thurston Foods $13,109.29 Food for end of Jan/All of Feb
  • Berkley Net, $33,971.00 Workers Comp Audit premium payment plan 
    • 1)  [14% of Audit Premium is $4,755.94] = Total Amount Due on 2/7/2023. *PAID 2/14
    • 2)  [17% of Audit Premium is $5,775.07] = Total Amount Due on 3/1/2023.
    • 3)  [17% of Audit Premium is $5,775.07] = Total Amount Due on 4/1/2023.
    • 4)  [17% of Audit Premium is $5,775.07] = Total Amount Due on 5/1/2023.
    • 5)  [18% of Audit Premium is $6,114.78] = Total Amount Due on 6/1/2023.
    • 6)  [18% of Audit Premium is $6,114.78] = Total Amount Due on 6/30/2023

Executive Director Report (5:46) (Monica)

Bev Greene provided updates on school safety and security

Cherry provided an overview of MAP testing growth, she also provided an overview of our chronic absenteeism – the progress the school has made as well as areas of growth.

As per the request of Errol, here is a distribution of final grades for fall early college courses (not including APs):


A 38%
B 24%
C 24%
D 10%
F 3%


Detailed information including the presentation are in the linked Executive Director Report

Audit Committee (Gioia)

No meetings until Fall 2023

Development Committee Report (6:37) (Alexis) 

The Development Committee met on February 2nd and welcomed Jefff Carter and Alisha Crutchfield-McLean to the committee. We discussed Development’s progress to date towards goals, hosting small events on/off site, and Gearing up for Rock to Rock. If you are a board member interested in Rock to Rock, please email Audrey!

Finance Committee Report (6:40) (Beth)

The finance committee met on February 21st to review Budget vs Actuals as of January 31, 2023.  Minutes of our meeting can be found here. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21st at 5pm. For more info contact Beth Klingher.

The Finance Committee has reviewed and requests that the Board approves the filing of our Form 990 for FY 22  (July 1,2021-June 30, 2022) as prepared by our accountant. 

Jeff moved  to approve the filing of the Form 990, and Abby seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

Governance Committee Report (6:43) (Bob)

The Governance Committee met on February 21st to discuss Executive Director Evaluation and the recruitment of new board members, including the officer slate for FY 24. The committee also discussed board member training and requests that members who have not yet completed that put their preferred email address in THIS GOOGLE doc so we can get you registered. The next meeting is scheduled for March 7th. For more info contact Bob Parker.

School Committee Report (6:50) (Monica)

There was no school committee meeting in February  as there were no agenda items. 

New Business (6:50)

No new business 

Executive Session (6:50)

Beth moved to enter into executive session, Keen second the motion to enter into executive session. The motion to move into executive session was approved unanimously. 

Returned from executive session at 7:07 and no votes were taken.

Peter moved to adjourn the meeting, and Abby seconded the motion. The motion was approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:30pm.

Next Meeting: March 27th 

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 24th) and will close at 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting (Monday, February 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 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting. All submitted documents will be included in the publicly shared meeting minutes.


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