Chattahoochee Hills Charter School

Governing Board

Regular Meeting - Thursday March 19th, 2020 @6:00 PM

Meeting Minutes

Attendance Summary

Name Status Arrival Time Departure Time
Giff Beaton not present member
Kapinga Mukenge present secretary On Time At Adjournment
April Ledom present member On Time At Adjournment
Kanethia Henderson present member On Time At Adjournment
Deborah Cureton present member On Time At Adjournment
Shadeed Abdul-Salaam present member On Time At Adjournment
Peter Vantine present Treasurer On Time At Adjournment
Jessica Pressley-Willis present chair On Time At Adjournment
Patrick Muhammad present Non-voting Administration On Time At Adjournment
Samuel Wakefield present member On Time At Adjournment

Viewing this public Meeting

This meeting is available to be viewed via zoom- https://zoom.us/j/7899988843

Approval of Agenda

So that there is agreement between board members on the agenda, and the amount of time spent on the meeting, the board shall vote to approve an agenda for the meeting. To the best of its ability, it will follow that agenda, and allow for the chair to move the board through the agenda as specified.

Approve the agenda as submitted

By: Deborah Cureton Seconded by: Peter Vantine

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Welcome and Call to Order

The meeting will be called to the order, beginning with the pledge of allegiance.

Approve the agenda as submitted

By: Samuel Wakefield Seconded by: April Ledom

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

School Leader Report

The school leader reports on the status of the school.


At this time CHCS does not have the capacity to loan devices to scholars

Questions submitted regarding internet access for all students and estimated date to get back to school.

Update regarding internet access to be provided by the school district

Update regarding virtual school and how student progress, grades and completion of assignments are being tracked through Google classroom and Iready.

Suggestion to have teachers reach out to parents via Remind to find out the reason why some of the scholars are not completing their work, in order to provide the necessary assistance.

Main concern for the school leader is to keep all constituents safe and maintain constant updates through communication every Friday


Committee Reports

Academic Excellence Committee Report

  • Discussion regarding different ways to support the teachers
  • FTE


Finance Committee Report

  • March 23rd budget meeting has been rescheduled
  • A decision will have to be made to determine how much money to keep in the reserve account by June 30th


Fund Development Committee Report

  • Update on the Learning Landscape
  • Suggestion to reach out to organizations to support the scholars
  • Suggestion to have a financial expert on the Fund Development subcommittee who will eventually take on the task of Treasurer of the board.


Governance Committee

  • Tracker of things to be completed has been in place
  • Last item to complete is the payment of fees with the Secretary of State
  • Suggestion regarding the board selection and recruitment process
  • Chart established to determine areas of need

Approve the Finance Committee report

By: Peter Vantine Seconded by: April Ledom

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Approve the general direction and funding priorities of the Fund Development committee

By: Deborah Cureton Seconded by: Kapinga Mukenge

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Approve a subcommittee of the Fund Development committee made up of experts to focus on the plan.

By: Samuel Wakefield Seconded by: Deborah Cureton

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Approve the RFP process in order to determine the cost associated with the Learning landscape project

By: Deborah Cureton Seconded by: Peter Vantine

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Approve a new board members selection and recruitment process, with board recruitment in April, members vetting in May and onboarding in June.

By: Samuel Wakefield Seconded by: April Ledom

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Approval of Minutes of Feb 13th Meeting

The Governing Board met on Thursday February 13th, 2020 @7:00 PM for what was scheduled to be a 3 hours and 12 minutes long meeting. Present: Kapinga Mukenge, April Ledom, Kanethia Henderson, Deborah Cureton, Shadeed Abdul-Salaam, Peter Vantine, Jessica Pressley-Willis, Patrick Muhammad, Samuel Wakefield Not Present: Giff Beaton The members considered the following items: 1. Welcome and Call to Order 2. Public Comment 3. Approval of the Agenda 4. Approval of Minutes from Jan 9, 2020 5. School Leader Report 6. PTO report 7. PTO report 8. Governance Committee Report 9. Academic Excellence Committee Report 10. People and Culture Committee Report 11. Development Committee Reports 12. Finance Committee Reports 13. Old Business 14. New Business 15. Executive Session 16. Meeting Adjournment The committee considered 6 motions, of which 6 passed, and 0 failed: 1. Move PTO report after School leader (passed) 2. Approve the minutes as submitted (passed) 3. Motion to approve the financial monthly report by April Ledom and Deb Cureton. Motion to approve budget adoption timeline by April Ledom and Deb Cureton. Motion to approve additional rents by Peter Vantine and Samuel Wakefield. (passed) 4. Motion to accept the agreed upon procedures and continue to implement as a board by Samuel Wakefield and Shadeed Abdul Salaam Approve the teacher contracts subjects to the attorney approval with the 3 proposed edits by Samuel Wakefield and Kanethia Henderson (passed) 5. Motion to go into Executive Session by April Ledom and Samuel Wakefield. (passed) 6. Motion to adjourn meeting at 9:46pm by Kanethia Henderson and Shadeed Abdul Salaam (passed) The meeting adjourned at 9:10AM

Approve the minutes as presented

By: Deborah Cureton Seconded by: Peter Vantine

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Discussing Next Steps in our response to Covid-19

  • Staff updates
  • How is e-learning going?
  • Do we have a telephone hotline for students/families during this window?
  • Should we reach out to Comcast or other broadband providers to inquire about extending coverage for our families to access e-learning?
  • For our SPED needs- how do we stay within the compliance guidelines? What compensatory services will need to be offered post the break- and how can we start planning for that now? 
  • what do we do for any students who are currently suspended?
  • How will we handle any payment concerns for staff?
  • what will be our protocol for re-opening?
  • Are we going to establish a process for virtual learning if needed in the future?


Approve school closure until April 13th while maintaining regular communications with families

By: Samuel Wakefield Seconded by: Kanethia Henderson

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 9:23 pm

Motion to adjourn

By: April Ledom Seconded by: Shadeed Abdul-Salaam

There was no notable discussion on the motion.