Maine Charter School Commission Meeting - April 17, 2012


The State Charter School Commission held meeting on April 17, 2012, at the Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine. The following members were present: James Banks, Sr.; Richard (Dick) Barnes; Jana Lapoint; Donald Mordecai; Shelley Reed; and William Shuttleworth.


Excused: Lynda Doyle

Also present were: Jennifer Pooler, Administrative Assistant, Department of Education and Deborah Friedman, Department of Education



Chair, James A. Banks, Sr., called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.


MOVED by Shelley Reed, seconded by Donald Mordecai, and unanimously voted by those present to approve the April 3, 2012 minutes as written.


Chair, James Banks, Sr.:

  • Had the hearing on the Commission Chapter 2 rules on April 10; written public comments are still being accepted through April 20; the Commission will respond to all oral and written public comments on April 25 and the rull will then be filed with the Secretary of State.

Vice-chair, William Shuttleworth:

  • None


Shelley Reed

  • Public input sessions were held in Presque Isle and Machias; only a few in attendance at each
  • Those in attendance appreciated the willingness of the Commission members to travel to those locations
    • Wanted to remind the Commission to be observant of the "other" Maine when granting charters

Jana Lapoint

  • Visited a charter school when whe was in Florida
    • Principal recommended board members with a "fire in the belly" for start-up schools


  1. MOVED by William Shuttleworth, seconded by Jana Lapoint to approve the next RFP cycle, as amended, of August 31, 2012 through February 1, 2013, and unanimously voted by those present. 
  2. MOVED by Jana Lapoint, seconded  by William Shuttleworth to approve the RFP and Application for School Year 2013-2013, as amended, and unanimously voted by those present.
  3. Discussion began on the draft framework for the Review Team process
  • Five positive votes required to grant charter and negotiate a contract
  • Membership of review teams
  • Consultants
  • Review the draft framework in conjunction with Chapter 2

Donald Mordecai was excused at 11:00 AM.


  • None


  • None


Q:  Are you limiting the number of charter schools you are authorizing this cycle?

A:  No

Q:  If someone takes the full 60 days to respond to the RFP, is there still enough time for the charter school to open on September 1, 2012?

A:  Most likely not


MOVED by Richard Barnes, seconded by Shelley Reed, and unanimously voted by those present to adjourn the April 17, 2012 State Charter School Commission meeting at 11:34 AM.

Respectfully submitted by Jennifer Pooler