August 11th, 2010
Steering Committee Meeting
-Review original Draft By-Laws; plan to use as a model/template.
-Consider it a document in progress moving forward.
-Discuss Work plan, action items
Draft By-laws review:
Name: Agreed on Hinesburg Partnership in Education (PIE)
Purpose: tweaked item 4 on original purpose (see Draft in progress below)
Structure: Specific structure idea: assign both a chair and chair-in-waiting, so that there is less opportunity for someone to get “stuck” in charge – smooth transitions.
Lots of discussion about “staffing” PIE – How do we maintain a representative group?
Is it reasonable to expect consistent representation from the faculty?
Discussion about existing committees in school and how this new group fits in…
As a starting point the group will:
- Invite teachers to participate – in creating a work plan, contributing on a regular basis, or occasionally as topics are relevant.
- Initially, group needs to stay flexible and fluid in order to get started.
Action item: Create invitation for teachers to participate. Kelli Brown will draft a letter to email to the staff prior to the start of school; She and Jen Prue will take a few minutes to present at first staff meeting on Tuesday September 7th.
Next meeting will be Tuesday, September 14th at 6:30. Agenda: assign officers, “define” structure, introduce discussion topics (new math program, playground), invite additional discussion items, create schedule through 2010 – meetings/agendas, continue review of draft by-laws.
Need to create a Work Plan that encourages participation.
It makes sense to invite teacher input to help direct the work plan – what’s important? Prioritize.
Article I: Name
Hinesburg Partnership in Education Hinesburg PIE
Article II: Purpose
The purpose of the Hinesburg PIE shall be:
To increase communication and collaboration among the various groups connected to Hinesburg Community School;
To build a strong and cohesive HCS community;
To enhance the educational experience of every student by helping to meet his/her academic, social, emotional, and physical needs;
To provide a forum for discussion to parents/guardians and other members of the community for discussion about school policies, procedures, curricula, budgets, and other initiatives affecting the school as a whole;
To encourage the participation of parents/guardians and other members of the community in the decision-making process by offering their expertise to this advisory board and serving the school through volunteering on one or more of its committees or activities or projects.
Article III: Office and Organizational Structure
Organizational Structure to be defined at 9/14 meeting.