MA School Board Background

MONUMENT ACADEMY BOARD: MA is governed by a six-member Board that is elected by the parents of MA students and staff. The Board members volunteer their time and serve without compensation.  The Board bears ultimate responsibility for oversight of the school.

THE ADMINISTRATION: The day-to-day operations of MA are managed by a staff of professional administrators who report to the Board through the Chief Operating Officer of the school.

SCOPE OF BOARD DECISIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS: During the early years of the school, many detailed, hands-on decisions were handled directly by the Board. However, as the school grows and matures, the Board is becoming more focused on governance issues and matters related to the mission, strategy, and leadership of the school. The administration, under the leadership of the school’s Chief Operating Officer, is focused on the operation and administration of the school. Matters should be brought to the attention of the Board with this allocation of decision-making and responsibilities in mind.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: Generally, all meetings of the Board are open to the public where everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Board meetings, by Colorado statute, are held in public in order for the community of parents, students, staff, and other interested parties may observe the proceedings, discussions, and decisions.

PUBLIC COMMENT/PARTICIPATION IN MEETINGS: Board meetings are generally a time for the Board to conduct official business and hear from the Chief Operating Officer, Principals, and other staff representatives on selected topics. Colorado law prohibits the Board from discussing public business other than during public meetings or executive sessions. Board Policy 1520 allows for a comment period at each regularly scheduled Board meeting. Parents, staff, and students are afforded the opportunity to address any matters of importance.  Since Board meetings are intended to provide a time for interaction between Board members and administration in an effort to reach decisions on a wide variety of issues, with rare exception, comments will be heard, noted, and may be referred to the Chief Operating Officer or scheduled to be discussed in detail at a later Board meeting.

OTHER VENUES FOR IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS: Some of the best new ideas and suggestions come from our parents and staff. These ideas and suggestions are often best handled by contacting the Chief Operating Officer, Principals, or the appropriate administrator (Principals, Chief Financial Officer, etc.). In addition, there are a number of other venues where interested individuals are encouraged to bring forth ideas and suggestions. These include, but are not limited to, the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), scheduled parent meetings, or any of the Board Committees.  Administration will help organize suggestions to be presented to the Board, if appropriate, for their consideration and discussion.

EXECUTIVE SESSIONS: While the law requires that most Board meetings be open to the public, the Board may meet in a private, “executive” session to consider the following types of matters: (i) purchase or sale of real estate; (ii) conferences with an attorney for the purpose of receiving legal advice; (iii) matters required to be kept confidential by federal or state laws or regulations; (iv) specialized details of security arrangements or investigations; (v) determination of positions relative to contract negotiations; (vi) personnel matters; (vii) consideration of documents protected by the Open Records Act; and (viii) discussion of most individual student matters. Some executive sessions will involve only the Board, while others may also include senior administration representatives and other individuals who are involved in the matter to be discussed. Generally, the Board will adjourn to executive session following the regular public session.  By law, the Board cannot take action while in Executive Session and will reconvene back to an open meeting in order to take such action.