Common Ground Board Meeting Agenda for Oct. 30, 2023

This Meeting will be held in person

At Common Ground 358 Springside Ave

Hilltop Room 109

October 30, 2023



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)

Minutes of the September 18th  Board Meeting

Minutes of the October 2nd Board Meeting 

Invoices Needing Approval

  • Zangari Cohen $6235.00- Legal Support September 2023. 
  • Thurston Foods $13,836.18- Lunch and Breakfast supplies from the end of Sept to mid Oct.

Board Resolution and Incumbency Resolution to enter into contracts with the CT Department of Agriculture 

Executive Director Report (6:15) (Monica)

Audit Committee (7:00) 

No meetings until Fall 2023: FY 23 Audit in progress

Finance and Development Committee Report (7:05) (Jeff)

The Finance and Development committee met on October 26th  to review Budget vs Actuals as of September 30th 2023 and Invoices for approval. We also discussed how to best incorporate the work of Finance and Development in this joint committee. Jeff will discuss further with the board members and Monica will discuss with Audrey. The Finance and Development Committee will next meet on Thursday, November 15th.  For more info contact Jeff Carter.

Governance Committee Report (7:15) (Alexis)

The Governance Committee met on October 12th. The committee discussed assigning all board members to committees and began developing descriptions for each committee. Alexis and Ky worked to assign all board members to at least one committee. Alexis will field board member interest and preference for each committee, as well as identify potential chairs/co-chairs of each committee. Chairs will be responsible for scheduling meetings and developing agendas, in consultation with Monica. The Governance would like to see each committee report out at each board meeting. The Governance committee also discussed the concerns raised by staff and how best to continue to respond in light of the recommendations from the school committee.

Personnel Committee Report

The personnel committee did not meet. The committee includes Monique Frasier, Shelly Hicks, Bob Parker, and Alexis Smith.

Strategic Planning Committee Report

The strategic planning committee did not meet. Bob Parker will serve as chair of the committee.

School Committee Report (7:15) Liz  

The School Committee met on October 25th to discuss their charter review the School Improvement Plan 

New Business (7:20)

Executive Session (7:20)

Adjourn (7:30)

Next Meeting: October 30th (in person)

Public Comment: 

In order to comply with 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 15th ) and will close at 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting (Monday, September 18th) 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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