MA School Board

Board Pages

Background

MONUMENT ACADEMY BOARD: MA is governed by a seven-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.

Board Members and Committees

Ryan Graham

President

Lindsay Clinton

Vice President

Emily Belisle

Secretary

Joseph Buczkowski

Treasurer

Craig Carle

Board Director
photo of Michael Geers

Mike Geers

Board Director

Danny O'Brien

Board Director

The MA Board conducts much of its work through authorized committees of which are assigned a Board member as the committee  liaison.  Currently, the Board has authorized the following committees:

  • Curriculum Committee – Emily Belisle
  • Finance Committee – Joe Buczkowski and Ryan Graham
  • Governance Committee – Joe Buczkowski and Danny O’Brien
  • School Accountability & Advisory, West Campus – Mike Geers
  • School Accountability & Advisory, East Campus – Emily Belisle
  • Building and Facilities – Danny O’Brien
  • Highway 105 Project Committee – Ryan Graham and Craig Carle
  • Volunteer Committee – Lindsay Clinton
  • Resource Development Committee – Lindsay Clinton and Craig Carle
  • HR Subcommittee – Lindsay Clinton

For information concerning Board Committees and their responsibilities click:  Board Committees Information

How to Contact the Board

Questions and Comments for the Monument Academy Board of Directors may be e-mailed to:

Email

Board Meetings & Minutes

The Monument Academy Board of Directors holds regular monthly board meetings at the school. MA Board Meeting agendas are posted below 24 hours in advance of our meetings.

Board Meeting Details

  • A special virtual meeting will be held on January 27th at 9am.  Please click here to join the meeting:
    Meeting ID: 816 7227 4484
    Passcode: 319951
  • The next regularly monthly meeting will be held on February 9th at 6pm at the East Campus.
  • Meetings are held in-person and we highly encourage our families to attend.
  • If you would like to make a public comment, you must attend in-person.  A sign-up sheet will be available until the meeting is called to order.

Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Board meetings are posted after formal approval by the Board, usually within 48 hours of that approval. Minutes of one month’s meeting are reviewed and approved at the next scheduled meeting. This will mean minutes of a Board meeting in one month will be approved the following month. To view previously approved minutes, click on one of the dates below for the approved minutes of that meeting.

Board Meeting Highlights

Since there can be as much as a 30-day delay in the posting of approved minutes, a summary of a meeting’s business items, discussions, public comments, and actions taken by the Board are posted as highlights usually within three business days after the meeting.

Meeting Minutes and Upcoming Meeting Agenda

2021-22

December 16, 2022 – Special Meeting Agenda 

December 8, 2022 – Board Meeting Agenda  and Board Meeting Highlights

December 1, 2022 – Special Meeting Minutes and Board Meeting Highlights

November 18, 2022 – Special Meeting Minutes and Board Meeting Highlights

November 10, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes and Board Meeting Highlights

October 25, 2022 – Special Meeting Minutes and Board Meeting Highlights

October 21, 2022 – Special Work Session Meeting Minutes

October 13th, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes and Board Meeting Highlights

October 6, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes and Board Meeting Highlights

September 13, 2022 – Special Meeting Minutes

September 8, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes and Board Meeting Highlights

September 1, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes

August 11, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes and Board Meeting Highlights

August 1, 2022 – Special Meeting Minutes

July 25, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes

July 22, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes

July 14, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes  and Board Meeting Highlights

June 9, 2022 –  Board Meeting Minutes and Board Meeting Highlights and Survey Results

May 31, 2022 – Board Retreat Minutes

May 12, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes

April 21, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes

April 14, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes

April 6, 2022 – Special Session Minutes

March 28, 2022 – Special Session Minutes

March 10, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes

March 3, 2022 – Work Session Minutes

February 10, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes

February 2, 2022 – Special Session Board Minutes

January 21, 2022 – Special Session Board minutes

January 13, 2022 – Board Meeting Minutes

December 9, 2021 – Board Minutes with Attachments

December 6, 2021 – Special Session Minutes

November 11, 2021 – Board Meeting Minutes

November 3, 2021 – Work Session Minutes

October 28, 2021 –Board Meeting Minutes with Attachments

October 7, 2021 – Board Meeting Minutes with attachments

October 5, 2021 –Board Meeting Minutes with attachment

September 9, 2021 – Board Meeting Minutes with Attachments

August 19, 2021 – Board Meeting Minutes

August 14, 2021 – Board Retreat Agenda

August 4, 2021 –Special Board Meeting Minutes and Attachment

July 15, 2021 – Board Minutes and Attachments

2020-21

June 14, 2021 – Board Meeting Minutes

June 2, 2021 – Work Session Minutes

May 28, 2021 – Special Session Board Minutes

May 17, 2021 – Special Session “Meet the COO” Board Meeting Agenda

May 13, 2021 – Board Meeting Minutes

May 3, 2021 – Special Session Board Minutes

April 26, 2021 –Special Session Board Meeting Minutes

April 16, 2021 – Special Session Board Meeting Minutes

April 8, 2021 – Board Meeting Minutes

April 2, 2021 – Special Board Meeting Minutes

March 30, 2021 – Special Board Meeting Minutes

March 11, 2021 – Board Meeting Minutes

February 11, 2021 – Board Meeting Minutes

January 14, 2021 –Board Meeting Minutes

January 6, 2020 – Work Session Board Meeting Minutes

December 10, 2020 –Board Meeting Minutes

November 12, 2020 – Board Meeting Minutes

November 4, 2020 – Board Finance Training Agenda

October 8, 2020 – Board Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2020 –  Board Meeting Minutes

August 13, 2020 – Board Meeting Agenda

July 29, 2020 – Special Board Meeting Agenda

July 16, 2020 – Board Meeting Agenda

July 15, 2020 – Board Work Session Minutes

Board Policies

Monument Academy, under its charter with District 38, may use any or all of the published policies of the District unless it chooses to create its own specific policies.  Below are those policies which have been approved by the Board and are currently active:

MA Board Bylaws

1500A Board of Directors Governance Policy (Nov 2021)

1500B Chief Operating Officer (Nov 2021)

1500C Chief Financial Officer (Nov 2021)

1501ES Uniform Policy (Jan 2022)

1501MS Uniform Policy (Jul 2022)

1501HS Dress Code (Jul 2022)

1511 Admission-Policy (Jan 2022)

1512 Open Records Request Policy (Oct 2021)

1513 Staff File Access Policy (Feb 2021)

1514A MA Board Code of Conduct Policy (Feb 2021)

1515 Teacher Representative to the Board Policy (Mar 2021)

1516 Personal and Property Search Policy (Mar 2021)

1517 Internet Use Policy (Mar 2021)

1518A Staff Grievance and Conflict Resolution Policy (Sep 2020)

1518B Student/Family Conflict Resolution Policy (Jun 2017)

1519 Advertising Policy (May 2022)

1520 Public Comment to the Board Policy (May 2022)

1521 Student Fees Policy (May 2022)

1522 Donating to Monument Academy (May 2021)

1523 Class Size Policy (May 2022)

1524 Longevity Bonus Pay (Feb 2015)

1525 State Assessments Refusal Policy (Jun 2022)

1526 State Assessments Administrative Policy (Jun 2022)

1527 Student Retention Policy (Jun 2022)

1528 Homebound Instruction Policy (Jun 2022)

1529 Nonsmokeable Marijuana Administration Policy (Jun 2018)

1530 Parent Notification of Alleged Criminal Conduct by a School Employee (Oct 2018)

You may find Lewis Palmer School District policies on the LPSD D38 website.

Board Resolutions

Resolution regarding the opposition to the use of Critical Race Theory and other race-based training, curricula, and methodology in public education

Resolution regarding School Safety and Security

Lewis Palmer School District and Monument Academy Joint Resolution Regarding MLO Sharing with Monument Academy

Resolution authorizing to join with other local governments as a participant in the Colorado local government liquid asset trust to pool funds for investment.

Board Proclamations

Proclamation regarding the privacy and protection of students as it relates to Colorado S.B. 08-200 and Colorado H.B. 21-1108

Surveys

2022 Campus Assessment Data

SAAC

School Accountability Advisory Committee

The School Accountability Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a committee consisting of predominantly MA parents and guardians along with faculty and staff and an MA community member.

The committee is an advisory body only; however, serves an important role by making recommendations to the Monument Academy School Board in the areas of academics, budgets and safety based on the interpretations of MA Community surveys and advising the Principal/Chief Operating Officer in the development of the Unified Improvement Plan (UIP).

MA School Accountability Advisory Committee Bylaws

Acronyms and Abbreviations for SAAC

SAAC Meetings

SAAC meets at least quarterly, but usually meets on a monthly basis. Our next Secondary SAAC meeting is scheduled for September 22, 2022 beginning at 1pm in the East Campus Admin Conference Room. Please contact the MA Board’s Elementary SAAC Liaison Michael Geers or Secondary SAAC Liaison Emily Belisle if you would like to attend a meeting; they are open to the public. The SAAC Chair and two other committee members also serve on and represent Monument Academy to the D38 District Accountability Advisory Committee.

SAAC Annual Surveys

SAAC Meeting Minutes

How to Contact SAAC

Please feel free to contact SAAC members via email at:
SAACEAST@monumentacademy.net for the Secondary School Campus
SAACWEST@monumentacademy.net for the Elementary School Campus

Strategic Plan & Historical Growth

The Board approved a revision of the school’s strategic plan on January 14, 2016.  The stated mission of Monument Academy is to provide a challenging, content – rich, academic program offered within an engaging, caring, and positive learning environment.  Established on a solid foundation of knowledge, Monument Academy emphasizes academic excellence, respect, responsibility, character and exemplary citizenship.  Its vision is to provide top quality academic and individual development opportunities for our students through a collegial atmosphere of learning to ensure Monument Academy is a premiere institution of learning in Colorado.  Traditionally, the Board reviews, modifies and updates the strategic plan every two years or as needed.  To view the complete strategic plan click: Monument Academy Strategic Plan

In order for any strategic plan to be meaningful, the goals of that plan should be measurable and the progress towards those goals documented.  The Board is in the process of developing meaningful and measurable outcomes for each of the Monument Academy Strategic Plan’s Goals.  As each measurement is approved by the Board, it will be posted below.  Click on the link below to view each goal and its metric:

Academic Excellence Goal

Character Emphasis Goal

Financial Stability Performance Goal

Sustainability Capacity Management Goal

Operational Stability Goal

Historical Growth

Information concerning Monument Academy’s growth since the 2007/2008 school year. The data provided includes the per pupil revenue, total number of Full-Time Equivalents (our student count) and the average number of students per class.  To view MA’s historical growth click: 2018 Growth

State Board of Education Waivers

In 2017, the Colorado legislature enacted a new law known as HB-1375. This new law is primarily known for its provisions that will alter how school districts share local mill levy override revenues with charter schools. However, there are requirements applicable to charter schools within the law which deal with waivers granted by the Colorado State Board of Education.

New Requirements Under HB-1375

Starting July 1, 2017: Each charter school must post on its website, in a location and format that can be easily accessed and downloaded for free by the public, a list of the statutes for which the school has received a waiver from the State Board of Education.  For each waiver that is not an automatic waiver, the school must also post a copy of the Rational and Replacement Plan (RRP).

Monument Academy Waiver List

Open Records Request

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