Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 2-11-2021

Board of Directors Zoom Meeting Minutes

 February 11th,  2021, 5:00pm – 1160 N 645 West, Washington, Utah


Agenda Item Presenter Questions to answer Time
Board Meeting Call to Order Chair Haendiges  Board Members in Attendance on Zoom: Jim Haendiges, Nancy Glover, Ana Eldridge, Joleen Rowely, Jessi Cox, Roy Johnson, Rachel Webb

Others in Attendance on Zoom:Director Chelsea Bergeron, Mariah Phares, Nate Adams, Heather King, Dennis Siisterra-Gonzales, Marie Steffensen State Charter School Board (SCSB), Andrew Vardas-Doane (SCBC), William Evans (SCSB) 

Approve Minutes From Previous Meeting   Chair Haendiges  Motion: Rachel Webb  motions to approve the minutes. 

Jessi Cox  Seconds

Collective vote: Aye

Minutes are approved

Public Comment  Chair Haendiges No Public Comment
Discussion Items  Chair Haendiges  Discussion on Strategic Plan Draft using the survey results from parents and staff. The Strategic Plan draft includes 4 strategies (holistic Montessori philosophy, school identity, communication and involvement with stakeholders and employee rete
Director’s Report  Director Bergeron  Director Bergeron presented an update on Covid, Academics, Grant process and IDEA Complaint
Financial Report  Nate Adams

Red Apple 

The school’s bottomline is currently in the black. State revenues have been trued-up. The goal with the budget is to continue to stay in the black and add more revenue to the budget. 
Committee Reports  Ana Eldredge  Campus Management and Technology Committee: The money from the fundraisers were used to purchase 5 additional picnic tables. These tables will allow for classes to take advantage of eating outside and also for teaching outside. 
Action Items Jessi Cox Jessi Cox presented the Complaint/ Grievance Policy and form. The goal was to have a policy in place for all stakeholders, staff and students to know the procedure and organizational structure for filing a complaint/grievance. This policy encourages informal action of complaint using Montessori philosophy. If informal action doesn’t resolve then the policy includes formal actions with timelines.

The form that was presented will give the opportunity to be specific with complaint/grievance, a goal for desired outcomes, details of the policy and timelines for submitting.

The current No Action Policy will refer to this policy. 

Motion: Rachel Webb motions to vote on approving the Complaint/Grievance Policy.

Ana Eldredge seconds.

Voting by roll call: Ana Eldredge aye, Rachel Webb aye, Joleen Rowley aye, Nancy Glover aye, Jessi Cox aye and Roy Johnson aye.

The motion is passed. 

Motion:  Rachel Webb motions to vote on approving the Complaint/Grievance Form.

Ana Eldredge seconds

Collective Vote: Aye 

The motion is passed 

Jessi Cox presented the Suspension & Expulsion  Policy which will establish procedures for communication and timelines dealing withr suspensions, expulsions and mandatory expulsions. 

Motion: Jessi Cox minions to vote to approve the Suspension & Expulsion Policy.

Ana Eldredge Seconds

Voting by roll call: Rachel Webb aye, Jessi Cox aye, Ana Eldredge aye, Joleen Rowely aye, Nancy Glover aye and Roy Johnson Aye.

The motion is passed. 

Jessi Cox presented the Transgender Policy. The school currently follows State & Federal laws and guidelines for transgender students. The school does not currently have a transgender policy in its manual.

The policy presented uses the same language from George Washington Academy’s policy. The policy includes definitions, procedures for facilities, classrooms, activities and anti-bullying. This policy will follow USBE, State and Federal policies.

Jessi Cox motions to vote on approving the Transgender Policy.

Nancy Glover Seconds

The previous motions were rescinded with Ana Eldredge motioning to table passing this policy until the next board meeting.

Joleen Rowley Seconds

Collective Voting:  Aye 

The motion is passed.

The Child FInd Improvement Policy will be tabled until the next board meeting. The policy is currently under USBE review.

Adjournment  Chair Haendiges Motion: Jessi Cox motions to adjourn.

Ana Eldridge seconds

Aye: Nancy Glover. Ana Eldridge, Rachel Webb, Joleen Rowley, Jessi Cox, Roy Johnson, Jim Haendiges.

Meeting is adjourned

Next Board Meeting  Chair Haendiges      March 18th, 2021 5pm presented on Zoom.

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At DMA, our vision is to awaken within each child their unique potential that will enable them to make a valuable contribution to society.


The mission of Dixie Montessori Academy (DMA) is to provide a child-centered education founded upon the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. DMA will foster a structured environment of freedom and discovery in which each child can reach his or her full academic, social, and personal potential. Graduates of DMA will demonstrate creative thinking, self-discipline, respect, and cooperation, and will build a solid foundation for future success.

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