CMCS DECEMBER BOARD MEETING
Monday, December 9, 2013, 6 pm, at CMCS
CALL TO ORDER - Rob Horvath
COMPLIANCE WITH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA) - This meeting of the CMCS Board of Directors was publicly announced in advance and is open to the public. Rob Horvath
READING OF THE MISSION STATEMENT - To produce highly-educated, self-directed, socially-responsible citizens who work collaboratively, respectfully, and peacefully as individual yet interdependent learners in a diverse and nurturing community. Through the unique combination of empirically-validated Montessori principles, localized charter governance, and open access, Coastal Montessori Charter School further aims to provide Georgetown County School District with an academically excellent, financially accountable public school choice. Rachel Tomovski
APPROVAL OF AGENDA - Rob Horvath
APPROVAL OF NOVEMBER MINUTES - Rob Horvath
DIRECTOR’S REPORT - Dr. Nathalie Hunt
- Architect Contract Discussion
- Facility Coordinator
- Approval of SGA Contract
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN – GIVE NOW
Dear CMCS Family and Friends,
Once upon a time, we had an idea. Take Montessori education and make it public. Give every family in Georgetown County the CHOICE of a FREE Montessori education for their child. The idea became a dream. The dream became a proposal. The proposal became a charter. The charter became a school. We love our school! But our school is in a space that is temporary.
TEMPORARY Lasting for only a limited period of time;
Charter schools in South Carolina receive no specific funding for facilities. That’s OK! We are Montessorians and problem solvers. We have overcome many obstacles, and through a special federal loan program, we have found a way to build our school. But it will take everyone who cares about our children to get it done. We can make CMCS FOREVER.
FOREVER Lasting, or intended to remain indefinitely.
Here are some details you should know. CMCS is asking the federal government to loan us $5.5 million through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program. We are strong contenders for this funding. However, our application is missing one vital element: Private support. The government wants to see that the local community is as committed to the success of this school as they are. They want to see local skin in the game.
- $25,000 – Playing Field/Library/Grand Hall (Cafeteria/Auditorium)
- $6,250 – Classrooms
- $2,500 – Other Rooms
In addition to these naming opportunities, CMCS families and supporters can make a huge impact through donations at three equally important levels of giving: Tables, Chairs, and Bricks.
- $300 – Tables
- $200 – Chairs
- $100 – Bricks (inscribed with family or business name)
As we enlist your support in reaching our collective FOREVER goal, we want you to be aware that many CMCS founders, board members, and faithful family supporters have already helped kick-start the campaign by agreeing to generous pledges. But we are not there yet.
If you can help us reach this goal, please complete this pledge form and return it no later than October 25, 2013. Donations to the CMCS Capital Campaign are tax deductible. Payment plans are available if needed. Contact Kristin Bohan at (843) 325-1648 for more information. Everyone who donates to the CMCS Capital Campaign will be recognized at a CMCS celebration. Donor names will also be inscribed on a plaque that will hang FOREVER in the school’s foyer.
We can make Coastal Montessori Charter School FOREVER. We need 100% family participation and participation from our community. Share this with your child’s aunts and uncles, Godparents and grandparents, with your friends and business associates. Whatever you do, please do not assume that someone else will ensure CMCS will be here in the future for your child. No one else is going to build our new school except us. As a school family, we are deeply committed to choice and excellence in public education. We can do this. Let’s take this school we love and make it FOREVER…. NOW!
Kristin Bohan, Ph.D.
COASTAL MONTESSORI CHARTER SCHOOL
Offering a FREE Public Montessori Education
For Georgetown County Children, 1st – 6th Grade
Bus Transportation Available
CMCS is part of the Georgetown County Public School system offering a FREE education option to residents using a unique teaching philosophy called Montessori. CMCS is governed independently as a public charter school by its own school board. It is accountable to the Georgetown County School Board.
• Multi-age classrooms
• Individualized instruction and self-paced learning
• Hands-on materials
• Freedom within limits fostering individual responsibility
• Social as well as academic development
• A global perspective
• Stewardship of the environment
1. To Close the Achievement Gap – because all children deserve the same opportunity to be successful and because investing in our children’s success strengthens our community.
2. To Read On Grade Level by 3rd Grade – because the first few years of school children are learning to read, for the rest of their lives they are reading to learn.
3. To Cultivate Life Skills in Children – because our children will compete globally and need to be equipped with what education experts call the “Seven Survival Skills:” critical thinking, problem solving, self-regulation, taking initiative, communication, inquisitiveness, and the ability to work as part of a team.