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
CALLED TO ORDER:
Chair, James A. Banks, Sr., called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
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:
- 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
- Visited a charter school when whe was in Florida
- Principal recommended board members with a "fire in the belly" for start-up schools
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Review the draft framework in conjunction with Chapter 2
Donald Mordecai was excused at 11:00 AM.
Q: Are you limiting the number of charter schools you are authorizing this cycle?
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